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The animals at the zoo have some unusual requests for a little girl who goes to visit
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2007
ISBN: 9780152058173
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm


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PimaLib_SueJ Jan 24, 2017

I laughed out loud when I read this in the Library. A great read for kids and adults. Look inside the back cover to see what happens to lost children at the zoo. Who knew? Adam Rex is coming to The Tucson Festival of Books, March 2017. YEAH!

Oct 27, 2016

What Adam Rex can do with fonts blows my mind. Anyone with any interest in graphic design should read this book immediately. Also, this a really good story! A girl's trip to the zoo is continually interrupted by animals asking if she'll procure items for them on the sly. She agrees, to be helpful, because they all have such reasonable explanations of why they need flashlights, trash cans, bicycle helmets... or do they? I've rarely seen my husband laugh so much at a kids' book.

CRRL_CraigG Jul 16, 2015

The images are whimsical and surreal, giving children a lot of opportunities to explore the strangest zoo in existence.

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forbesrachel Sep 29, 2013

While roaming the zoo, a little girl gets stopped by various animals with requests. By combining graphic novel elements within a picture book format, each conversion happens quickly, while at the same time establishing a pattern. With each additional animal, the girl becomes slightly more annoyed at the predictability. The story is far from predictable though, as their requests, which start out reasonable enough, become odder and odder, and finally culminate in an unexpected way.

The titular Pssst! is given special attention, being repeated over and over and written in different ways. The fonts vary depending on the animal, in one example an icy type is chosen to hint at the coming penguins. Aside from these, the only other things that are fully coloured are the characters, and the objects they ask for. It is as if the absurd nature of events is being set apart from reality. This is taken a step further when the artist uses photos for the objects rather than having them drawn. Unlike how the colour successfully achieves this effect, the realistic nature of the photos only pulls the reader out of the story. The clashing nature of the photos against the solid colour backgrounds, and it's drawn characters lacks cohesion.

Readers are in for a surprise once these animals reveal their creative efforts, and the little girl, well, she tries to get on with her life.

YogiMumma Apr 17, 2012

My 5 y/o loves spooky tales and Adam Rex writes alot of these for the youngsters. There isn't one he hasn't liked yet! My 7 y/o will not read them as they have some spook to them and the pictures are too graphic for him.

JewelMcLatchy Jan 10, 2012

Some really clever signage in the background details if you look closely


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