Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Book Review: Never, EVER Shout in a Zoo



My kids recently picked out this adorable book at our local library.  The title page of Never, EVER Shout in a Zoo by Karma Wilson shows a little girl licking a chocolate ice cream cone.  The page with the copyright information shows her tripping.  The page with the dedication shows her crying as her ice cream cone lies on the ground.  And as the story begins, she gears up for a good solid wail as the opening text reads, "Never, EVER shout in a zoo. . . because if you do. . . anything might happen.  And don't say I didn't warn you."

In the following pages, the little girl learns to deal with the consequences of her actions as numerous animals, frightened by her wails, escape from their cages and rampage through the zoo.  Starting with a bear, followed by a moose.... and then things REALLY go crazy when the apes get loose!  Using alliteration and repetition, Wilson delights readers with the animals' antics.

When the little girl finds herself in quite the predicament at the end of the story, what do you think she'll do?

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