Quirky Kids Zoo

Children - Animals
32 Pages
Reviewed on 06/27/2011
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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

In Pat Brannon's book, Quirky Kids Zoo, children are taken into a zoo by the shore where there are French poodles and pelicans, polar bears wearing tennis shoes, kangaroos that grow flowers and giraffes that play hop scotch. There are gorillas, monkeys and soft-furred porcupines. Children can count four tigers jumping rope or seven elephants in polka-dot pants. Ever heard of snoring alligators or lions who forget how to roar? You'll meet all of these creatures in your tour of the Quirky Zoo.

The illustrations in this book will delight young children and will certainly hold their interest as the words are read. The child can count the animals and parents/caretakers can encourage the child to spot the name of the animal as the word is read by the parent.

Ms. Brannon has used colorful words and images for the imagination of the preschool child. After reading the book, a teacher might encourage a child to stretch her/his imagination by drawing other colorful images which could potentially be put into a book.

I found this book to be a delightful read and believe that all preschool children would find it entertaining. Aside from a few stretches in rhyming, it is an imaginative, creative and fun book to share with both boys and girls. It is one which children might ask to have read time and again. In fact, since the dialogue is short, a child might be able to memorize the words and develop early reading skills for a boost into kindergarten.