This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite
A Very Strange Zoo is an ingenious, magical tale of an inventor who creates animals by recycling household items. After they get hit by lightning, the animals come to life and build their own homes and villages. Author Chris Stead has written a fun, imaginative story that children and parents will enjoy reading. The crazy young inventor in the story invents all sorts of strange things like a boat with wings that can fly or a pail with legs—but none of them work. Then he builds some weird animals to keep him company. But, he made too much noise and everyone moved away. What kind of animals could one make by using items around the house? Perhaps a mop could become a lion’s mane and a funnel be turned into a snout. If you turn a boot over, does it look like an animal head? I like the music created by saying the words “Bing! Bang! Boom! Zoom! Zip! Rip! Roar!” You can almost hear the noise of these rhyming alliterations.
Illustrator Antonela Cárpena has created wonderful, whimsical watercolor illustrations with rich brown and beige tones for A Very Strange Zoo. How much fun the illustrator must have had turning author Chris Stead’s imaginative story into a picture book! Illustrator Cárpena’s picture of the storm on page 9 uses a lot of contrast and extreme color variations. Can you imagine seeing these handmade animals come to life? I wish I could visit the island in A Very Strange Zoo to see these strange-looking animals for myself!