Cover image for Fraidyzoo
Title:
Fraidyzoo
Author:
Heder, Thyra.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2013.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
Little T remembers that she was frightened last time her family visited the zoo but not why, so her creative family helps by imitating animals from A to Z until she recalls exactly what caused her fear.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781419707766
Format :
Book

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Summary

It's a great day to go to the zoo! As her family hustles to get out the door, Little T lags behind. She's afraid to go back to the zoo; the only trouble is, she can't remember why. As an ingenious solution to help her remember, her mom, dad, and sister construct homemade costumes and act out zoo animals--in alphabetical order, no less! The costumes and scenes grow increasingly elaborate and breathtakingly creative. An umbrella and bubble wrap magically transform into a jellyfish, bath towels and a can of soda become a parrot, and many, many more. At the end of the day, Little T has conquered her fear and no longer feels like a "fraidyzoo."
In this charming, witty picture book debut, Thyra Heder honors the bravery it takes to face your fears, and the loving people who help you do so.
Praise for Fraidyzoo
STARRED REVIEWS
"WARNING: Expect riotous buffoonery after reading this clever and original alphabet story, as kids will definitely want to "parrot" the examples."
-- Kirkus Reviews , starred review

"Debut talent Heder comes up with a wildly imaginative idea for an alphabet book/animal guessing game, elaborates it with smartly drafted ink-and-watercolor spreads, and seasons it with plenty of family warmth and hullaballoo."
-- Publishers Weekly , starred review

"The cut-and-paste, handmade look and feel of this picture book underscores its thematic ode to creative problem solving... The charming, detailed watercolor and ink illustrations really tell the story, and children will relish poring over them to guess the animal costumes and identify their construction materials."
-- School Library Journal

"Heder tells a child-relevant story about facing your fears with a light hand and zippy prose, but it's her art that dials the zippiness up to 11, as her warm and humorously realistic figures gallivant alongside some remarkably envisioned handcrafted animal puppets."
-- Booklist

"This book does the impossible, taking one of the oldest children's book conventions, the zoo alphabet, and completely reinventing it. It's a story about a family helping one of their own overcome fear by being utterly silly and completely loving. The whole thing is done with such a confident and lively style, it's hard to believe that this is Heder's first picture book. Fraidyzoo is funny, original, and announces Heder as a force to be reckoned with."
-- The Atlantic Wire

" Illustrations capture the empathy of a very concerned, loving, and creative family."
-- Library Media Connection

Award
2014 Texas 2x2 Reading Award List
Notable Children's Books from ALSC 2014


Author Notes

Thyra Heder is the author of Fraidyzoo , an ALA-ALSC Notable Book, The Bear Report and the forthcoming Alfie : a picture book about the friendship between a girl and her pet turtle told from both points of view, available Fall 2017. She is also an illustrator and storyboard artist for film and advertising and lives in Brooklyn.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

A big sister is going bonkers because it's a perfect day to go to the zoo, but her younger sister, Little T, is afraid. Afraid of what? She can't quite remember, but it's at the zoo. Mom, Dad, and the big sister launch a campaign to jog Little T's memory with some extremely inventive props. A giant jellyfish made of an umbrella and streamers jiggles overhead. A cardboard rhinoceros charges. A snake with a vacuum-powered hiss slithers up. None of the animals manage to scare Little T, who thus determines that a trip to the zoo might not be so bad. Once they arrive, however, a scary surprise awaits, but this time it's Little T's big sister running away. That's OK, though, because there's a zoo's worth of handcrafted fun waiting at home. Heder tells a child-relevant story about facing your fears with a light hand and zippy prose, but it's her art that dials the zippiness up to 11, as her warm and humorously realistic figures gallivant alongside some remarkably envisioned handcrafted animal puppets.--Karp, Jesse Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Debut talent Heder comes up with a wildly imaginative idea for an alphabet book/animal guessing game, elaborates it with smartly drafted ink-and-watercolor spreads, and seasons it with plenty of family warmth and hullaballoo. Little T's mother, father, and older sister discover that she's reluctant to go the zoo, and they throw themselves into figuring out which animal she's frightened of. Adorning themselves with common household objects, they go right through the alphabet. "Can it give itself showers?" her hyper older sister asks, with two plastic bags on her ears and her arm held up like an elephant's trunk for E. "Maybe it's pink?" asks her father, skipping across the room in a pink tutu and pink Post-its stuck to his fingers, a fetching flamingo F. The picture of a family working together to cheer up its tiniest member, the identifiable elements of all the costumes, and the unexpected creature that Little T actually fears (a middle-aged ticket taker with menacing fingernails) all ring true-and readers will come away with some fine animal costume ideas, too. Ages 4-8. Agent: Stephen Barr, Writers House. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-The cut-and-paste, handmade look and feel of this picture book underscores its thematic ode to creative problem solving. Little T is about to embark on a much-anticipated trip to the zoo with her family when she freezes up with fear. Her parents call time-out and undertake a laugh-out-loud, over-the-top attempt to pinpoint exactly which animal she seems to be afraid of. Utilizing household objects, recyclables, clothing, and everyday art materials, Mom, Dad, and sister construct a madcap, A-to-Z range of costumes to determine which creature could possibly be thwarting T's desire to go to the zoo. "Does it jump in the road?" asks Mom, holding V-shaped tongs to her head simulating deer's antlers; "Does it live in the tropics?" asks Dad, crawling around the floor in an iguana costume constructed with cardboard tubes and paper bags. And so on until nightfall, when T declares her fears banished and now wants to go to the zoo. (Who wouldn't, after all those entertaining theatrics?) But when they arrive the next day, an encounter with a certain zoo employee sends T's sister into a panic, an ironic twist to T's resolution of her own fears. The charming, detailed watercolor and ink illustrations really tell the story, and children will relish poring over them to guess the animal costumes and identify their construction materials. Pair this with titles such as Antoinette Portis's Not a Box (2006) and Not a Stick (2007, both HarperCollins) to jump-start kids' own creative juices.-Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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