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Gay, Michel.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Zou. English
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Clarion Books, 2003.

Physical Description:
29 pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 30 cm
Zee brews a pot of coffee to wake his parents so he can climb into bed with them, but after spilling two full mugs he has too little coffee left to do the job unless he can think of a new plan.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.8 0.5 72800.

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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Zee is allowed to climb into bed with his parents, but only after they're awake. And this morning they are very, very sleepy. Zee knows just what they need . . . coffee! But when the coffee spills, he must find another way to wake his parents without making them angry.
How Zee finds a creative solution to a problem all young children will identify with makes for a sweet, humorous family story, perfect for sharing together before starting the day. Simple text and line drawings are easy for young readers to follow along with.

Author Notes

Michel Gay has illustrated more than 60 books for children, many of which he also wrote, that have been published in Europe. His first book for Clarion was Zee. He lives in France.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

A young zebra searches for just the right eye-opener to rouse his parents in this slight picture book. When his mother and father wake up in the morning, Zee is allowed to join them in their bed. But when Mama and Papa want to sleep in, their enthusiastic offspring plans to gently coax the sleepyheads with the perfect morning elixir: "Coffee! They need coffee. Lots of coffee." Unbeknownst to Mama and Papa, Zee's first attempt results in a messy spill of the steaming bowls of caf? au lait (the bowls, which may confuse some American children, reveal the book's French origins). Reasoning that his parents will need cups "filled to the brim," Zee pours the remaining bit of coffee into his doll-size tea set. Adults are likely to balk at the depiction of Zee using a coffee maker and handling the hot liquid (much less pouring it directly onto his parents' tongues, as he does at the end). The airy, loose-lined watercolors feature spare white backgrounds, and a few gray strokes set the scenes. Ages 3-6. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Zee, an adorable zebra, is wide awake and ready to visit his parents in their bed, but he is allowed to climb in with them only when they have woken. "Are you awake?" he asks and they answer "We're asleep," so he decides to hurry them along by making coffee (being very careful since it is hot). Unfortunately, he trips on a forgotten toy truck while carrying a carefully prepared breakfast tray and discovers that there is only enough coffee left for thimble-sized doses. While it isn't enough to rouse his parents entirely, it does wake them long enough for Zee to snuggle down for kisses and a snooze in the big bed. The airy watercolor illustrations are delightful. The small animal's shades of gray and white make the few colors in the paintings pop and the simple soft gray lines of the background help to focus the eye on the scene's animation. A charming choice for both storytime and one-on-one sharing.-Genevieve Gallagher, Orange County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.