Author: Woodcock, Fiona
A brother and sister spend an exciting day at the zoo where they find balloons, baboons, kangaroos, and more. Told entirely through illustrations and single words containing a double "O".
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School Library Journal - 07/01/2018 PreS-K—A brother and sister wake up, have breakfast, and spend the day at the zoo with their mom. After an exciting trip, they return home and enjoy their bedtime routine. The seemingly unexceptional plot is enlivened via clever word choices and illustrations that make this story a standout. A single word (food, zoom, baboon) appears on each graphically interesting page, incorporating its double "o" into the art. At first glance, the words might seem random but the ingenious story line becomes clear after just a few pages. Fresh and bold mixed media artwork includes rubber stamps, stencils, and BLO pens, and often blends the hand-lettered text in assorted font with the illustrations. Laid out on expansive light backgrounds, the artwork invites young readers to look and look again. VERDICT Playful fun, this engaging read-aloud will be welcome in most collections.—Yelena Voysey, formerly at Pickering Educational Library, Boston University - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 07/01/2018 *Starred Review* Children will have a field day spotting all the ways in which two-time Kate Greenaway Award nominee Woodcock (Hiding Heidi, 2016) works double o’s into the illustrations of this exceedingly clever picture book. Using a simple trip to the zoo as an amusing device by which to define a day, Woodcock follows a brother and sister as they zoom off to see a kangaroo, whose boxing gloves play at being letters, as do the eyes of a panda, scoops of ice cream, soap bubbles, and many more objects. In fact, every word in the book telling the story contains a pair of o’s, which means that this book works equally well as an easy-reading primer as it does a picture book. The illustrations, which incorporate handmade paper, stencils, and printing techniques, have a fuzzy, friendly feel. They rely on simplicity and a color palette in cheerful pinkish reds and cerulean blues—perfect colors for a summer read—to signal fun. Repeating motifs of triangles, stripes, and other simple shapes add more playfulness. This really is a cool book for language-loving kids. For all readers, it’s a visual treat that’s wonderfully effective in encouraging its readers to appreciate the look of words. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.