Work Title: 'Twas the Day Before Zoo Day
Work Author(s): Catherine Ipcizade; Ben Hodson, illustrator
Sylvan Dell Publishing
Color illustrations, 32 pages, Softcover $8.95, 978-1-934359-24-2; Hardcover $16.95, 978-1-934359-08
Children's Picture Book
Reviewer: Angela Black
"'Twas the day before zoo day, when all 'round the park, the creatures felt restless and wished it were dark." If this rhyme sounds familiar, that's because it's a clever take on The Night Before Christmas, updated and told as a tale about how zookeepers care for their animals.
Readers will discover the amount of work required to prepare for a zoo visit. Workers must feed the animals, clean their dwellings, and clean the animals too. They'll also find that the animals, like children, are sometimes restless and want to play. Funny examples include naughty elephants that use their trunks as sprinklers and get the workers soaked, and llamas who must be persuaded to be polite and not spit on everyone.
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