K-Gr 1-These titles attempt to blend "facts and fun" but fail as both nonfiction and as easy-readers. Animal facts are included in the texts, but the cartoon illustrations done in pastel colors are inconsistent with the books' attempt at serving as nonfiction. The farm animals are shown freely running up to the farmhouse window. The zoo animals live behind small picket fences over which they can easily escape, as they are pictured gathering at the zoo exit in the final spread. The books are also unsuccessful as choices for emerging readers as text and art do not mesh as well as they should to provide adequate picture clues. Another cause for concern is the author's use of second-person narration. The main characters are a Caucasian boy in Zoo and a Caucasian girl in Farm, yet the texts refer to these characters as "you." For example, in Zoo, the zookeeper asks "you" to feed the lions. "What do you do? You huff and puff. The lion eats a lot of meat. It could eat 70 pounds of meat for lunch." The parent's note at the end of each title is useful, but in general, these offerings lack the predictability and concrete simplicity that are the mark of good books for the earliest of readers.-Melinda Piehler, North Tonawanda Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.