Cover image for A night at the zoo
Title:
A night at the zoo
Author:
Caple, Kathy, author, illustrator.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Summary:
During a visit to the zoo, Pop and Sam grow tired but while they are napping, not only does the zoo close for the day but the animals come out to play--with Pop's cell phone.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
BR Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 0.8 0.5 169485.
ISBN:
9780823430444
Format :
Book

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A busy day at the zoo leaves Pop and Sam tuckered out on a bench. As they nap through closing time, the animals come out to play. When Pop's cell phone captures Monkey's interest, he snaps a few pictures with it before dropping it on Giraffe's head. So begins a hilarious chain of events that gets the whole zoo howling, awakens Pop and Sam, and alerts a guard. As Pop and Sam are escorted out, they watch in wonder as Parrot drops the phone into Sam's hands. But the real surprise comes when the phone's photos reveal the monkey business that was afoot while they slept!


Author Notes

Kathy Caple's many books include Duck & Company, an American Booksellers Association Pick of the List about which Kirkus Reviews wrote, "Snap this one up--it's sure to fly off the shelves," and Duck & Company Christmas. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she is also a librarian.


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School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-In this thoroughly modern visit to the zoo, Sam and Pop use a cell phone to snap pictures and chat with Mom. When the exhausted duo nap, they end up sleeping right through the zoo's closing. Unbeknownst to them, the animals cavort and play in the moonlight and discover the cell phone! It passes from an ostrich to a parrot and then goes from animal to animal in a whirl of chaotic, onomatopoeic action. The clamor and arrival of the night security guard wakes Sam and Pop and scatters the animals. The phoneless pair are surprised when the parrot flies over and drops the cell into their hands-and they are even more amazed to see all the animal selfies it holds. While the full-color pen, ink, and acrylic cartoons break no new ground, the presence of the cell phone, a constant part of many kids' experiences, will delight children. The text is easy enough for emerging readers to tackle on their own, and the sound effects that the bold type invites will have even the youngest child joining in to ring, bop, snap, and yip.-Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.