When an elephant in the city zoo picks up a beauty magazine, she makes a horrifying discovery: her wrinkles make her look ancient After covering herself with anti-aging cream, she passes the magazine on to the other animals in the zoo. Read more...
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When an elephant in the city zoo picks up a beauty magazine, she makes a horrifying discovery: her wrinkles make her look ancient After covering herself with anti-aging cream, she passes the magazine on to the other animals in the zoo. Soon the panda is trying to get rid of the dark circles under his eyes, the lion is getting the latest celebrity hairstyle, and the boa constrictor is dressing in leopard print (snakeskin was so last season). But how will people react to the animals' new looks?
This zany, satirical picture book addresses body image issues and reminds readers to appreciate themselves for who they are.
- ISBN-13: 9780802854544
- ISBN-10: 0802854540
- Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: September 2015
- Page Count: 50
- Reading Level: Ages 5-9
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-07-06
- Reviewer: Staff
Norwegian writer Roskifte trains a laser eye on the way the fashion industry manipulates consumers—a theme more often reserved for older readers, but dealt with effectively here, aided by Eirheim’s able translation. With cheerful graphic shapes and flat colors, Roskifte portrays a zooful of animals as they pass around a visitor’s fashion magazine. “Never dress in horizontal stripes,” the zebra reads. “They’re unflattering, according to this magazine,” she explains. A panda discovers that it has dark circles under its eyes; a snake, that snakeskin is out this year. The fashion problems Roskifte creates for each animal are credible and comic (the monkey shaves in order to have “silky smooth arms and legs”), and the animals look suitably ridiculous after they’ve “fixed” their problems—especially the flamingo, who threads her long neck through the sleeve of her new gray suit, so much more grown-up and professional than childish pink. In the style of “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” it’s a small boy who calls their bluff. Readers won’t fail to grasp the moral of this modern fable. Ages 5–9. (Sept.)