View at the Zoo

These polite animals are putting their best foot--or paw or hoof--forward for their human visitors, from the time the zoo opens it’s gates till the rhinos come home.  The day starts with a wake up call and a grooming check.  Once the giraffes’ necks are straight, the bears’ hairs are all in place, and the lions are ready to roar, it’s showtime.  Follow the busy zookeeper and a mischievous monkey on your very own tour of the zoo--but look carefully!  Sometimes things are not quite what they seem.  Bursting with silly creatures of all sizes and shades, shapes and smells, this book is a walk on the wild side.

Kirkus Review

The mustachioed zookeeper is just one of the beasts in this gorgeous trip to the zoo. He makes his morning rounds, trundling along with the food cart that’s brimming with tasty morsels for the still-groggy animals’ breakfasts. He also offers up morning suggestions. To the yawning lion, mane all crinkly, the zookeeper insists, “Mr. Lion, comb that hair.” To the giraffes, whose necks are still crooked from sleep, he suggests, “…please, stand up straight! / That’s more like it—you look great!” Then the gates open, and the visitors stream in. The rhyming couplets stroll through the zoo, dropping by all the attractions from the safari animals to the reptiles, peering in fascination at the things the creatures do—the eating, the prancing, the preening. But, wait, who’s watching whom? This perspective-shifting tale is lavishly decorated with quirky cartoon illustrations, bright and rich with warmth and humor. The exotic birds burst from the page in brilliant color, and the expressive elephant is rendered in pinkish gray that embodies tenderness. Bostrom enthusiastically explores the links between all the world’s creatures, celebrating both diversity and similarities. Like the zoo, this happy romp will be often revisited. (Picture book. 2-8)

The view at the Zoo

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