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Friday 4 December 2020

Review: Who is at the Zoo?

A delight to look at and to read, this highly entertaining book turns daily situations on their head. Imaginative, humorous and creative, and with charismatic characters, everyone who opens this book will discover a magical world whose reality is limited only by their imagination.

Rhyme and rhythm make it the perfect book for reading out aloud, for laughs and entertainment. The stunning, expressive illustrations by Suzanne Houghton, fill the pages with unexpected situations appearing like everyday occurrences. 

A young girl wakes to a house full of animals.

She goes in search of answers. She finds a tiger on the toilet; another animal in the tub. In fact, a parade of animals has invaded their house. But that’s not all.

A Zebra cooks in the kitchen while a leopard watches sport on the television. A bear is in the laundry doing its washing. The squatters feel like the new residents!

Outside a deer mows the lawn as a squirrel tries driving the owner’s car.

They have taken over not only the house but all the street. A turtle is the lollipop person at the school crossing; penguins are seen painting a front door.

The further into town the girl goes the more animals she discovers in roles that humans held. The baker, the marketplace, the timber yard, the library, the café and in all the other businesses, positions have been replaced by animals.

A voyage of discovery begins. If the animals are everywhere now, what has become of the town’s occupants?

This is a brilliant picture book overflowing with hilarious situations and questions without answers. A curious challenge for children is to ask and find out why animals have replaced humans and where are the humans?

Title: Who is at the Zoo?
Author: J Boyce
Illustrator: Suzanne Houghton
Larrikin House, $24.99
Publication Date: 1 October 2020
Format: Hardcover
For ages: 3 – 8
Type: Picture Book