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Title:
The way to the zoo
Author:
Burningham, John, author, illustrator.
Edition:
First U.S. edition 2014.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 29 cm
Summary:
Discovering a magical door in her bedroom that leads her to the zoo, a little girl is tempted to bring one little bear back to her room, and then a menagerie of smaller animals, and then a medley of big animals, until pandemonium ensues.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780763673178
Format :
Book

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Summary

The celebrated John Burningham opens the door to a child's secret adventure in this new picture-book classic.

What if you noticed a door in your bedroom that wasn't there before? And what if it led to a passage to . . . the zoo? You might want to take just one little bear back to your room with you, or maybe just all the smaller animals. But how could you resist the penguins and the tigers and the birds? In this classic child's fantasy featuring John Burningham's delightfully expressive artwork, an unlocked door leads to pandemonium -- and one little girl's formidable voice reins in an entire menagerie.


Author Notes

John Burningham is one of the world's most recognized and beloved children's book creators, with a career that has spanned more than fifty years. He has received two Kate Greenaway Medals in addition to numerous other awards, including a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor for It's a Secret! He is the author-illustrator of Picnic and Tug-of-War and the author of There's Going to Be a Baby, illustrated by his wife, Helen Oxenbury. His work is featured in the collectors' volume John Burningham. He lives in London.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

A mysterious door appears in the wall of Sylvie's bedroom. When she opens it, she finds a zoo with lots of animals, a colorful, friendly bunch, looking at her. Sylvie brings the bear back to sleep with her; then all the animals want to come. When the penguins visit, they make a mess in the bath; the monkey takes things; the baby rhino doesn't fit in the bed. One morning, Sylvie forgets to shut the door, and when she returns from school, all the animals are in the living room. It seems that when she opened the door, giving them an inch . . . Finally, the disquieted girl gives a great yell, and the animals skedaddle, leaving Sylvie to clean up. Pen-and-ink drawings feature lines that fairly quiver, capturing the excitement and action. The kicker: when Mother arrives home, she accuses Sylvie: It looks as if you had the whole zoo in here! An imaginative romp.--McDermott, Jeanne Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

With his characteristically diffident line, Burningham (Picnic) draws Sylvie, a resourceful girl who discovers a door in her room that leads directly to the zoo. She's not interested in visiting; instead, she offers hospitality. "Sylvie asked a little bear to come back with her. He did and slept in her bed." The bandy-legged bear cub, seen holding Sylvie's hand as she leads him home, looks a bit hesitant, but the next page shows the two blissfully asleep under Sylvie's duvet. As long as Sylvie remembers to bring the animals back to the zoo, and to close the door before she leaves for school, the nighttime exchanges can continue. Penguins are bathed and dried, assorted tropical birds doze on the furniture, and a mother tiger spends the night in an armchair. With hushed colors and a gossamer touch, Burningham provides just enough conflict to keep things interesting, especially when Sylvie forgets to close the door one morning. The result is a story that offers much of the same marvelous drollery as Philip and Erin Stead's A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Ages 3-7. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-What could be more wonderful for Sylvie than discovering a secret door in her bedroom that leads down a passageway right to a zoo? After taking home a little bear for a sleepover the first night, the other animals all want to do the same. The smaller animals fit right in, while others are less successful (the penguins make a splashy mess, the monkeys tend to steal things, the rhino is too big for the bed). All goes well until, in a rush to get to school one morning, Sylvie forgets to close the secret door. When she comes home, she finds all of the animals sprawled about the living room watching TV. She promptly shoos them back and gets the house almost presentable when her dismayed mom returns and shouts, "All I have to do is leave you at home while I go out for awhile and it looks as if you had the whole zoo in here." The sketchy pen, pencil, pastel and watercolor illustrations are set against expansive white space that frames the action from page to page. Text and art work seamlessly together in this tale that mirrors the secret dreams of many imaginative children.- Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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