Saturday, May 19, 2018

This Zoo is Not For You by Ross Collins - ESSENTIAL

Collins, Ross  This Zoo is Not For You.  PICTURE BOOK Nosy Crow (Candlewick), 2017. $17. 9781536200157

A platypus with an invitation shows up at the zoo, where the front gate is advertising for interviews.  As the platypus makes his way through the zoo and is interviewed by the different animals, they decide that he isn't going to be a good fit for their zoo for various reasons mostly regarding his appearance.  When the platypus leaves, the monkey finds his invitation and the animals realize their mistake: that really the platypus had come to invite them to a party.  The animals join the platypus in his party bus with all his friends, where the platypus quickly forgives the zoo animals.

This is a great book for many reasons, not the least is that Ross Collins is a great author/illustrator-I love There's a Bear in My Chair.  First, the illustrations are fantastic. I loved the body language and facial expressions of the animals.  Second, it makes for a great read aloud because of the rhyming text which has a sing-song rhythm.  And third, what a great lesson about not judging someone for their appearances and their intentions.

EL (K-3) - ESSENTIAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.   

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