Saturday, 29 August 2015

Poo in the Zoo by Steve Smallman and Ada Grey (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E)

July 2015, Little Tiger Press, 32 pages, Paperback, Review copy 

Content: poo, humour

Summary from Little Tiger Press
There was tiger poo, lion poo, prickly porcupine poo, 
Plummeting giraffe poop that landed with a splat. 

Dollops of gnu poo, bouncy kangaroo poo, 

A trail of drippy droppings from a fat wombat!” 

Zoo Keeper Bob is exhausted. There’s too much poo in the zoo – and he’s the one who has to scoop it up. Then one day, a mysterious glowing poo appears! Could it be alien poop from outer space? And what on EARTH will Bob do with it?

Nayu's thoughts  
This is an absolutely hilarious read which will appeal to younger readers because there is poo everywhere in the brightly coloured pages. Literally. I liked how the zoo keeper, who I expected would be older looks rather young, making it easier for the readership the book is aimed at to pretend they are taking care of the zoo. 

The twist at the end was unexpected and made me smile (although I did wonder how long it would be before the solution to cleaning all the poo would go wrong). Readers are introduced to a variety of animals, and on the inside pages there's different types of poo in jars (various shapes and sizes) which is interesting to see and teaches readers animals are not all the same. There are some extinct animals' poo thrown into the mix too. 

Available at bookstores including NRC affiliate Foyles. 

Suggested read
For more poo causing problems reading check out What A Naughty Bird! by Sean Taylor and Dan Widdowson (Children's, Picture book, 10/10E)

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