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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Do you ever feel zany and want to escape? Perhaps you zigzag all over your home and your yard. All this zigzagging and zaniness might make you feel dizzy. I know it would make me feel dizzy. Zach is a zebra who, once wild, now lives in a zoo. He wants to escape; he wants his freedom. His zoo friends, Zinzerzizzle the zebu, and Zoey the zorilla, have no desire to escape with him. In fact, they suggest he looks at some of the positive things about living in the zoo. Zach isn’t convinced, but he tries, and what he discovers makes him “zoom around the zoo again zigzagging this way and that. This time zigzagging didn’t make Zach dizzy, it made him zappy and zippy.”
Don’t you just love alliteration? I know I do. Sally Lee Baker’s picture book story, Zach the Zany Zebra: A fun read-aloud illustrated tongue twisting tale brought to you by the letter Z (Alphabetical Alliterative Stories), is full of fun ‘z’ words. The author uses both words that begin with the letter ‘z’ and words that contain the letter ‘z’ in the word itself. Each time ‘z’ is used, it’s written in bold so young readers enjoying this tongue-twisting z-word story will start to recognize the last letter of the alphabet. The story cleverly follows a simple plot, with simple language, making it ‘eazy’ for young readers to follow along and learn some of the z-words. As an interactive, fun exercise, the author has also placed the letter ‘z’ in each picture so the young reader can try to find it. I loved the illustrations! This is a great learning story, with lots of fun,' exzitement' and 'exzilleration.' Enjoy the z’s.