November 2013, Xist Publishing, Ebook, Review copy
Summary from Xist Publishing
"The very best part of our Zippity-Zoo
Is you can become any creature you view.
So what type of animal suits you the best--
On land or in sea, from the east to the west?”
Mr. McGranimals is no ordinary zookeeper and Zippity-Zoo is no ordinary zoo. A day at the zoo turns into a magical adventure for young Ryan when he finds out that the visitors can turn into any creature they choose. When Ryan wishes to become a giraffe, he doesn’t realize the challenges or rewards he’ll face.
This book constantly made me smile. The rhyming story was upbeat with positive outcomes for Ryan as he got used to a few changes while at the zoo. He had to think outside the box but managed to succeed every time a challenge presented itself. I loved how happy most of the animals looked, it was as if they were cheering on Ryan as he dealt with the challenges. If you can do view this on a colour screen as the vivid colours add to the cheery theme. There are facts and puzzles at the end of the story which are both interesting to read and fun to do. However this is where the book lost out on the E grade: the answer was given to the spot the difference puzzle but I couldn't see anything different about that part of the animal!
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Check out Julia's other books which include the equally hilarious Humpfree The Humpless Camel (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E)