At the Zoo (Books for Young Readers) Paul Simon
ISBN: 0385419066, 9780385419062
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-- Simon's musical romp through the zoo has been transformed into a picture book for young children. Parents are more likely than their offspring to recognize the honest monkeys, insincere giraffes, kindly but dumb elephants, skeptical orangutans, and reactionary zebras of the Simon/Garfunkel song. However, the illustrations, featuring giraffes in "cool shades," frogs on surfboards, and antelopes with Red Cross flags attached to their antlers, will prompt some giggles from young animal lovers. Except for the silly humor, the line-and-wash paintings do little to enhance or illuminate the lyrics. Overly cute caricatures of children and anthropomorphic animals done in a cartoon style rarely rise above comic-strip quality. Unfortunately, the music is not reprinted with the lyrics. A delightful song, a worthy cause (Simon's royalties will be donated to the Children's Health Fund), but a mediocre picture book. --Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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