Title: 1 Zany Zoo

Author: Lori Degman

Illustrator: Colin Jack

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Ages 4-8


“While YOU stood here waiting, with nothing to do
I snuck through the gate and into the zoo.
You’ll never believe what I saw–what I heard.
I swear it’s the truth–every last word.”


One small boy sneaks into what he thinks is a quiet little zoo…only to discover the animals inside are anything but ordinary! All it takes is one fearless fox with a key to unlock all the cages and soon it’s one wild menagerie of rollicking, frollicking animals partying all day long! How will the zoo keeper maintain order in the one zany zoo?

Why you should read it:

I will be the first to admit I LOVE rhyming books. It may be that it calls out to the child in me but give me a story with a lyrical, rhythmic tone to it and I just melt. Ms. Degman manages to do just that as she takes her readers on a fantastical journey through a zoo as one clever fox not only stays one step ahead of the zoo keeper, but also manages to show us what it’s REALLY like when humans aren’t around! Children, young and old, will love the whimsical illustrations by the talented Colin Jack and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of those children start asking to visit the zoo soon!

Like-O-Meter Rating:

5 out of 5…Grab it!

**Rating scale**
5 out of 5…grab it!
4 out of 5…think about it.
3 out of 5…take or leave it.
2 out of 5…maybe not for you.
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International best selling, award winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.

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