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The Zoomers' handbook, Ana de Moraes, Thiago de Moraes

Label
The Zoomers' handbook
Title
The Zoomers' handbook
Statement of responsibility
Ana de Moraes, Thiago de Moraes
Title variation
zoomers handbook
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Aspiring Zoomers, who look after very special beasts, discover the secret of the shiger's stripy wool, the challenges of owning a loyal but gigantic dogephant, and the special skills of the super-fast horsodile
Tone
Review
  • Preschool-Kindergarten What, pray tell, is a zoomer? We meet a zookeeper-farmer hybrid who takes care of animal in-betweens, like the fast-swimming horsodile and the muddy but gloriously feathered pigcock. Kids will get a kick out of these animal mash-ups and the factoids offered for each. The text is playfully placed on the page, sometimes running vertically and other times filling the space with an extra-large font. Likewise, the endearing pen-and-ink illustrations make creative use of each creature’s double-page spread and are rendered in muted tones. The quick facts about the animals occasionally lack the same degree of cleverness seen in the accompanying art. Even so, young readers will have fun identifying the two animals that make up each specimen. If the name isn’t enough, they need only check the illustrations for clues, such as the duck and kangaroo evidenced in the duckaroo’s webbed feet, high jumps, and egg pouch. The large-scale format and opportunities for participation make this a nice choice for a silly storytime. -- Smith, Julia (Reviewed 3/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 13, p92)
  • PreS-Gr 2—Despite the title that suggests dashing around, this book is a humorous bestiary of sorts, a handbook for a cross between zookeepers and farmers who look after imaginary hybrids of wild and domestic animals. Each spread depicts one fantastical beast such as "goatrilla" or "horsodile," followed by a brief description of their special traits and/or food preferences, like eating cans or running fast. The illustrations of the unique animals are charming and silly, sure to amuse readers, along with the absurd combination names. However, the shifts in font size and layout are somewhat more distracting than clever and do not add much to the overall effect. VERDICT Quirky but slight fare; Jack Prelutsky's Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant (2006) or Stardines Swim High Across the Sky: And Other Poems (2013, both Greenwillow) offer more substantial and punnier animal mash-ups.—Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY --Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova (Reviewed 02/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 2, p62)
  • Caretakers of invented animals need special instructions and great imagination. As the text emphatically states (in gigantic print), this is not a simple handbook for the easy tasks of zookeepers or farmers but for the mashup of those two careers. The name given to this career indicates the pattern for the names of the created animals, which are combinations of wild animals and those found on a farm. Each of these unusual creatures is depicted in soft tones of gray, brown, blue, and green against a pale gray background on a double-page spread. The accompanying large-type text names it and gives a bit of helpful information about it. A "polar cow" eats strawberries, dances, and then proceeds to produce ice cream. It's hard to see the glorious feathers of the "pigcock," because they're covered in mud. The "horsodile" can provide a very fast ride on land or underwater. Several of the critters are amusing and creative and will elicit giggles from young readers, but others might just cause puzzlement. The "girafooster" might not be recognized by either of its parts, and it is only the text that gives a clue to its identity. The "shiger" is a delightful creature, but the wooly stripes noted in the text are not readily evident in the illustration. It's clever and often charming but uneven overall. A near miss. (Picture book. 5-9)(Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2016)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10482285
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1978-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Moraes, Ana de
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • AD480L
  • Decoding demand: 76 (high)
  • Semantic demand: 71 (high)
  • Syntactic demand: 73 (high)
  • Structure demand: 85 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1977-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Moraes, Thiago de
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Animals, Mythical
  • Imaginary creatures
  • Humorous stories
Target audience
primary
Label
The Zoomers' handbook, Ana de Moraes, Thiago de Moraes
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"First published in 2015 by Andersen Press Ltd, London"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1524812
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9781512404241
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015028330
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781512404241
  • (OCoLC)916593992
Label
The Zoomers' handbook, Ana de Moraes, Thiago de Moraes
Publication
Note
"First published in 2015 by Andersen Press Ltd, London"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1524812
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9781512404241
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015028330
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781512404241
  • (OCoLC)916593992

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