Zaci the Zebra Has an Adventure

Children - Grade K-3rd
16 Pages
Reviewed on 09/17/2014
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Author Biography

Pippa Wilson was born and raised in Australia, so considers herself a very lucky girl. Whilst she didn't encounter any drop bears or hoop snakes growing up, she did almost sit on a funnel web spider once. Now that was a lucky escape!

Not one to sit back and let others have all the fun, Pippa likes to join in and experience life whenever she can and is very proud to say that she has abseiled down a cliff and canyoned down a waterfall (Ok it wasn't a big cliff or waterfall but it was still a blast!). Pippa was a Cub Scout Leader for a number of years, where she acted very happily like a big kid on a number of occasions, most likely embarrassing her two boys along the way.

Having just left the corporate world, Pippa is embarking on her writing career, and hopes to bring many humorous and adventurous stories to her readers.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Bobbie Grob for Readers' Favorite

Zaci the Zebra Has an Adventure by Pippa Wilson is about a zebra, a very shy little guy who never wants to leave his tree or meet other little animals to play with. His mother worries about him, and so comes up with a plan to help him get over his shyness so that he can make friends. This book is told in a pleasant rhyming format, which most children will enjoy, and there are not too many words on any one page. There is also enough white space on each page to make the reading less intimidating for younger readers.

The pictures are nice and bright, and go well with the story. I think the pictures will be enjoyed by young readers, especially those that like animal stories. The plot is easy to understand and children will be able to relate to Zaci's dilemma. Most children are a bit shy, and even those who are not can read this story and see how to draw a shy playmate out of his or her shell. The language used in the book is age-appropriate and while it may need a bit of tweaking (I'm not sure that most children will understand what a life-altering event is), the scenes in the story could lead to some excellent discussions. All in all, this is a very nice book for children, and the fact that it is one in a series is also a plus, as children often love to read about their favorite characters in different scenarios.