Beilenson, Evelyn The Zoo is Closed Today! Illustrated by Anne Kennedy Peter Pauper Press, 2014. $16.99 PICTURE BOOK Content: G.
John and Sue are disappointed when the go to the zoo and it is closed because the animals are ill. The zookeeper explains how all the different animals are sick and tells the kids to return when they are better. The zookeeper sends the kids a letter the next day to tell them that the animals are better, but now the kids are sick. So the animals all march into John and Sue’s house to visit them.
The book is told in rhyme and is fun for a read aloud, but the content is so sad and depressing—a bunch of sick animals, that the overall read is a downer. The illustrations are adorable but the book just has a sad feel to it.
EL (K-3)-OPTIONAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.