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Welcome to the Zoo
by Alison Jay


Overview - In this fanciful visit, Alison Jay summons her unique perspective and sense of humor to create a zoo like no otherawhere more than just the animals are on display. Children will delight in discovering small details and tracking narratives that play out bit by bit.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In this fanciful visit, Alison Jay summons her unique perspective and sense of humor to create a zoo like no otherawhere more than just the animals are on display. Children will delight in discovering small details and tracking narratives that play out bit by bit. Before the tour is over, kids will meet hippos, giraffes, penguins pursuing a platter of fish, exotic birds, bears, mischievous monkeys, and much more.

Thereas a search-and-find element too: The last spread invites readers to go back and discover a number of amusing details throughout the book. With so much to explore, children are sure toaas the sign at the end proclaimsacome again soon

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780803731776
  • ISBN-10: 0803731779
  • Publisher: Dial Books
  • Publish Date: October 2008
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 0-2


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Zoos
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 53.
  • Review Date: 2008-09-01
  • Reviewer: Staff

Working in the burnished, crackle-varnished surfaces that are her signature, Jay (1-2-3: A Child's First Counting Book) takes the idea of a cageless zoo to the extreme, imagining humans and animals mingling with all the privileged coolness of habitués of a five-star resort. Pairs of self-possessed raccoons and humans in chic sunglasses regard each other as fellow hipsters; families and a panoply of bear species tuck into some al fresco snacks with impeccable manners; and a monkey buys ice cream from a vendor. As in many of Jay's works, there are virtually no words. Richly populated tableaux are threaded with ministories, and readers can follow the respective trails of a runaway balloon and bonnet, as well as the vain attempts of a zookeeper to corral an ostrich. But the overall effect falls short of Jay's best titles with fairy tale or nursery rhyme themes. The more ordinary setting (however extraordinary some of the elements) results in an emotionally flatter impression; the experience is more cerebral than beguiling. Ages 3–5. (Oct.)

 
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