From the author of the wonderful 'There's A Bear On my Chair' comes a new gem! 'This Zoo is NOT for YOU' is another rhyming treat full of lovely pictures.
I adore duck-billed platypuses! I came back from Australia with a great many souvenir adorned with them so the hero of this story stole my heart the moment I saw him on the cover.
Platypus arrives at the zoo where the animals are holding interviews. Once greeted by Tiger, he is sent to one animal after another who each in turn find reasons for why this zoo is not for him. Having realised they were quite rude and needed to make amends, the animals also realise they had mistaken Platypus's reason for arriving at the zoo in the first place.
I couldn't resist sharing 'This Zoo is NOT for YOU' with my Y6 class at the end of the day- and they LOVED it. There are so many details in the illustrations which they picked up on, 'reading' the pictures with great skill and pleasure.
The story lends itself to discussions about judging others, being more accepting, tolerating differences, the importance of realising when you have done something wrong... and plenty more. I was really impressed with the thoughtful comments my children came out with and would love to explore this further in the near future.
Full of humour and gorgeous illustrations (the expressions on the animals' faces are just wonderful!), 'This Zoo is NOT for YOU' is sure to become a firm favourite in both schools and homes. I'd love to see Platypus in another story!
This Zoo is NOT for YOU Ross Collins
Nosy Crow ISBN: 978-0857638953
There is another post about Ross Collins here.