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ISBN : 9780374499235
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Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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Zoo Reviews

  • بثينة العيسى
    2019-03-01 00:10


  • Alexis Ayala
    2019-03-16 23:09

    Dios! Creo que algo de mi se movió después de leer este libro. Que impactante es como la literatura logra provocarnos sensaciones inolvidables, terroríficas y realistas en tan pocas palabras. Este libro no hizo más que darme cuenta de lo fieras que somos y no nos damos cuenta, de quienes son los que deberíamos estar encerrados. !Que fuerte imagen! La ilustraciones son un reflejo claro de todo este morbo y cinismo que tenemos los seres humanos. Pero sobre todo esa última frase que te hiela la sangre y tal vez te entristezca demasiado.

  • Stephie
    2019-03-08 22:05

    I just don't like this book. But maybe that's good?I would actually argue that this is one of the most dystopian picturebooks I have ever read and it's unsettling. It's a wonderful critique of zoos and of the way that people treat animals, the way they treat each other, the way they ignore each other and the way that society is as much a zoo (cages and all) as a zoo really is. It also happens to be full of beautiful art juxtaposed with a surreal comic art... brining that dystopia straight to the eyes. It is surreal. It is dismal and bleak. It's comment on people may seem too harsh, and on animals it is also too harsh and humanizing, critical and unjust, and though I resist it - I also ask, is it really as extreme as it's first impression?Something I do admire is it's comment on consumerism. It's décor resembling a bar-code and it being a commercial item. I think that that is one thing that it truly embodies and imbibes throughout. I still do recommend that children read this book and form their own opinion, and that adults let them and that adults discuss with them and that you all realise things aren't as bleak as they appear in this text. What do you think?

  • Niamh
    2019-03-03 18:02

    In ‘Zoo’, a family of two boys and a mother and father visit the zoo. Having read other books by Anthony Browne, I already had an expectation of how the father would be portrayed in this book. Indeed, as every page turned it became increasingly evident that both the Dad’s and the two boy’s behaviours had gorilla characteristics and their behaviour towards each other was questionable. Personally, if I were to share this book in a read aloud session with younger year groups I would try and ensure we had time to discuss some of the issues this book highlights as I think the ‘messages’ we can draw from it are important to discuss. The illustrations are colourful, yet reflective of a child’s perspective and switch from being boxed in to being whole page spreads. Indeed at times, the reader may be unsure as to who is actually in the cage. For example, when visiting the baboons, the two boys start fighting and the mother comments that the baboons remind her of someone whilst the image shows us the boys and the mother seemingly closed in behind the barbed wiring of a cage. I think this book along with Browne’s ‘Piggybook’ would both be good to partner and look at in a class about behaviour and being kind to each other.

  • Kate Hamblett
    2019-03-09 21:18

    Review:A boy goes to the Zoo with his Mum, Dad and brother, where they see a variety of animals and enjoy the delights of the zoo. Poor old mum has to endure Dad’s bad jokes and her two cheeky monkeys messing about, but they all have a good day in the end. The story doesn’t just concentrate on the animals in the zoo; it also talks about the family and has a few jokes, which gives it a different feel to your usual children’s story. The family on first appearance seem like a classic family, with the archetypes firmly in place. However this is a contemporary family, the characters are easily recognizable with people we could know, which give it a warm familiar quality. The protagonist himself is a character that is easily identifiable to primary school children and shows a realistic quality through the fact that children do misbehave!The book mostly seems to be a commentary of a normal family going to the zoo and shows no overtly obvious life lessons or guidance other than the comparisons of the characters in the story to the animals in the zoo. This is recognized by the protagonist when he dreams of swapping places with the animals in the zoo and he ponders about the reams of animals. This could instigate curiosity and is a good way to see things from another point of view. It has very good illustrations which complement the story nicely, adding to the sense of humor within. The front cover isn’t particularly bright but the wavy lines, bold simple title and family picture still make it look intriguing and hint at the slightly unusual story within.Children’s Literacy:It would be good for guided reading from around years 3+ as it is interesting and has a good mix of words.This book would be good for reading to the whole class from year 2 + and can be used as a good talking point. It can be used to ask the children to remember certain aspects of the book, such as what animals they saw and in what order. They could also use the pictures to interpret what is happening in the story and perhaps use that as a starting point to create their own stories.

  • Daniel Hencher
    2019-03-07 21:19

    Zoo is the story of a family’s trip to the Zoo. It is interesting to read about the family dynamics and I feel most children and adults can relate to the characters in the book. From the boys fighting, the Dad telling terrible jokes to the Mum being embarrassed by them all. As the story progresses you understand the underlying theme, which is actually about a role reversal with the people outside the cages being the animals. This is enforced by the use of pictures, with the children wearing monkey caps and also members of the public having animal features. This age range for this book is 8-12 with Children younger than 8 accessing the book via the great Illustrations and older Children being able to understand the real story. Older children can understand the theme from the text but younger children may need to be shown the pictures and maybe asked, ‘what is unusual about this picture?’ A memorable quote of the book is ‘Everyone laughed except Mum and Harry and me’ which does a great job describing the only person to laugh was Dad.The book ends with the main character ‘Me’ saying, ‘That night I had a strange dream. Do you think animals have dreams?’ This is a great question to start a discussion with the class and also it could be used in Literacy with the words being omitted from the story and the Children using the illustrations as inspiration for their own text for the story.I enjoyed the book as it has great illustrations, the topic it covers and also because it makes children think about our relationship with animals.

  • Gloria Barbee
    2019-02-25 19:57

    Zoo by Anthony Browne is a picture book that tells the story of a tedious family trip to the zoo. The story is told from the perspective of the older brother who visits the zoo with his younger brother and parents. The illustrations are all framed by white space. The text is placed in the white space on the bottom half of the page.Framed images of the family members and text are on the left side of the page, while the larger images of the animals are on the right. The illustrations of the animals in their cages and exhibits are framed in bold black, while the illustrations of the family members are framed in a thinner border and in lighter hues. The illustrations themselves are bright and vibrant. Browne uses the continuous motif of vertical lines and bars to depict the feelings of isolation and confinement. This is evident in the image of the boy sitting on the floor with his head down and the shadows of vertical bars upon him. The illustrations and the text depicts a father who seems to have power over the family betters. It is present both in the language of the father, as well as in the images in the book. For example, in one image the father seems to be looking down at the viewer and clouds in the shape of horns are behind his head. In the white space below the illustration we see the words, "Because I say so". This is clear message he has dominance over the other family members. In each frame the father appears to be larger than everyone else. Only in the image of the gorilla do we see a image done larger than the father. Implying the gorilla is the king of the zoo.

  • Carissa M
    2019-03-06 23:56

    In the book Zoo, it was interesting to me because it appeared to me that the family in the story were being portrayed as the animals and the zoo animals were more human like. The dad to me represented a Gorilla, the two boys reminded me of monkey's and the mom reminded me of a baboon. The sons were constantly fighting, the dad was mostly crude and loud throughout the story. The author also hid a lot of images or animals and prints within the illustrations. I liked how he went about his story and portrayed the family as the "zoo" rather than the actual animals. Students who are younger than third or fourth grade may not understand the hidden meanings behind Anthony Browne's book, because they may not have the comprehension that they need at that point.

  • Kate Everett
    2019-03-16 00:16

    Zoo tells the story of Anthony Browne's own family day trip to the zoo when he was a boy and is told from his perspective. Rather than glorify the zoo, Browne uses his book as a platform to not only make comment on how we treat animals but also how we behave ourselves within society and our own families. The animals are either obscured, blended into their backgrounds or are shown in very stark surroundings. They all look depressed and are hiding or frustrated, hardly a positive endorsement and one which shows how subservient they are within our society.In contrast, Browne's father is larger than life, obnoxious and inconsiderate and this behaviour seems to have rubbed off on his children, who are equally as unappreciative and non empathetic. I found myself getting more and more frustrated and annoyed with them as the book went on. The father's actions throughout are animal-like: 'snarled', 'roared', 'snorted', 'howled'; he even beats his chest like a gorilla. His mother is depicted more like the caged animals, insignificant and blended into the background to convey the stereotypical power balance within the family.The people featured in the book are dressed in animal patterned clothing, having animal-like features or in some cases they are physically a bizarre mixture of human and actual animal whilst the animals themselves are drawn in an incredibly life-like and realistic way and Browne really shows off his mastery in his gorilla illustration. This book is an excellent example of the essential role pictures can play in a story as we can infer so much from them.With a final image of birds flying free above the cages, this is a good book for discussion on human behaviour and for raising questions such as: Do animals feel? How should we be treating them and should they be caged? Who is more civilised, the humans or the animals?Lots to comment on and in conclusion a very memorable and thought-provoking book.

  • Alexandra
    2019-03-17 01:21

    Un curiosa historia que te hace reflexionar mucho sobre la relación que tienen los hombres con los otro animales ¿Hasta qué punto es cierta la superioridad que se nos atribuye? Browne cada vez me sorprende mas con su obra.

  • Caroline
    2019-03-03 20:17

    Weird little book. A rude family at a zoo with sad animals.

  • Emily Hanson
    2019-03-05 01:12

    Fantastic and in other news I am never visiting a zoo again.

  • Elaine Pleunis
    2019-03-09 19:23

    I got some new information about this book during class, which made me appreciate it more, but in my opinion it's still not worth 3 stars... It's just not my cup of tea.

  • Chelsey
    2019-03-19 01:12

    “Zoo” by Anthony Browne is a story about a family of four, a mom, dad and two sons taking a trip to the zoo. However, there were many underlying messages behind the entire story. While reading the narrative, it gave me a very interesting, yet odd feeling. It felt a little hostile to be completely honest. The cover of the book is zebra stripped with a frame (which sort of looks like a polaroid) around a portrait of the family. The two boys are smiling and leaning out of the frame, while the dad has a, what feels like a forced smile, on his face and the mom is just standing in the background with a blank face. Just by the cover of the book you can already tell how the dynamics of this family works. The end pages are solid colors, one black and the other white. The title page was very intriguing to me. It is of a hamster in its little cage on a white background, and in bold the word “ZOO” right above it. The reason why I thought this page was interesting is because the hamster, like the zoo animals in the story is caged up. The mom in the story makes a comment “I don’t think the zoo really is for animals…I think it’s for people”, meaning the animals are forced to be there, like they are trapped, like the hamster is, and sort of how the main character is. At the end of the story, the main character is sitting with his head in between his legs and the shadow of the window creates the look of a cage. The narratives point of view was told through the eldest child’s voice whose name was never mentioned. The tone of the book, for me, was sort of uneasy. The father character played the dominant role, and was very temperamental and sarcastic. He would “go off” on the oldest son a lot over the duration of the story, and loose his cool on small happenings caused by his surroundings. For example, he had road rage, argued with the ticket booth person and always had a snarling remark about what his family members were doing. One of the evident examples of the narrator having some issues with the father was whenever the dad made a joke; no one would laugh or think it was funny while the dad laughed till tears. This revealed a little bit of tension within the family setting the mood as uneasy. The main character and his younger brother, Harry, had a typical brotherly relationship, always rough housing and getting on each other’s nerves but causing the father to step in and give a piece of his mind about the tiffs . As for the mother, she was in the background most of the time very seldom did she ever speak, but when she did it was always in a calm manner. Her character was very withdrawn, very to herself and always in the background. The illustrations in the story were creative. All of the illustrations were bordered and framed. On the first page of the book, there are four separate frames, holding a portrait of each individual family member. In this illustration you can already see the unique personalities behind each of them. The narrator has a slight smile, his brother is smiling, but not with teeth, indicating almost meaningless smile. As for the father, he looked like he was forced to take the picture and like he was caught in the middle of saying something. The mother looks monotone, with a blank stare and miserable. One of the illustrations is a close up from the shoulders up of the dad. The point of view of this picture is like the viewer is looking up at him and the clouds in the background are formed to be horns on his head. Along with the narration conveying that the dad is the “bad guy” this picture closes the case. I also found it interesting that in all of the pictures of the animals, none of them face the viewer or made eye contact. The only animal that we had a clear descriptive picture of is the gorilla. It had a full page dedicated to it and the eyes were fixated on the page prior to its which was of the dad imitating the gorilla. All in all, the story was good, but the hostility towards the father character was a little eerie.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-24 19:02

    “Zoo” by Anthony Browne by is really a sad picture book about going to the zoo with your family. A boy is telling the story through his perspective by reading the text but I think if you were to look at the pictures, you can see many different perspectives taken place in the book. It starts of with a each member of the family has their own portrait; similar to “Willy’s Pictures”. By looking at their facial expressions you can feel through personality coming through the pictures. The first one I noticed was the dad with a stern look on his face. Then the boy, who is the narrator, is in a calm manner while his brother is smiling a fake smile and his mother looking really sad. It’s a story about how a family goes to the zoo and when the boy who goes to sleep at night remembers a dream that he was behind bars, trapped, maybe living a life he didn’t want to. He pondered if animals could have dreams like him. The character made a connection to the animals because he feels the same way as the animals. Throughout the story the text explains what is happening in the picture and there are texts also in pictures representing mostly what the father says. Right away, you can see that the father doesn’t want to be there and the mother is not saying a thing. I can tell she’s unhappy by looking at the pictures because she never smiles. The mother doesn’t say anything when her husband is being rude, or obnoxious. The boy can sense that his father is being mean to other people and disrespectful towards the others. Children feel as though embarrassing which I think a lot of students can relate to this. I know I related it back to my childhood. Sometimes my father wasn’t always so positive all the time and wanted things done his way. I feel like this father expresses the same thing, he wants things done his life and will put up with stuff but complain about it. Not only are the characters are struggling, but also the animals. In every picture, the animals were never looking directly at the crowd. They were represented as busy, or looking sad. When they showed the gorilla in the story, the picture was cut into 4 pieces. I found this interesting because it was like a magnifying glass where you can truly see the emotion within the gorilla and how sad he felt. The last page is really heartbreaking because you understand why the boy is behind bars. He’s unhappy with how his father treats him, he’s probably sad by how sad his mother feels, and he feels the pressure to be good all the time because he’s the oldest. His father is harder on him then on his little brother. A lot of children go through this as well, if they are the eldest child. Even though it made me ponder about certain things about the characters in the book and an overall sadness took place in my mind, I would read this book to my future class. I think it’s a great book for discussion. Not only about family life, but about how the animals feel. It’s easy to forget about animals and know that they have feelings too. I think it would also be a good rich discussion about how we should treat each other, not only family but people in the classroom.

  • Leigh Perry
    2019-03-10 21:13

    Zoo by Anthony Browne is a story about a family’s trip to the zoo with an underlying theme that becomes evident throughout the story as it progresses. The orientation of this book is a vertically orientated picturebook. The main title page is black and white which portrays the image of a zebra. The end papers in the front and back are also solid colors of white and black which also tries to portray the image of a zebra. A panel is used in the title page to portray the family and again black and white are used to symbolize the zebra. The use of the large capitalized font ZOO emphasizes the story and strives to capture the readers’ attention. In the front picture, the mom does not seem happy and the dad is in most of the picture which may indicate superiority or dominance. Author uses thinking clouds to convey characters dialogue and feelings aside from the narrator in the story. Author also depicts people like animals. For example a man has the face of a cheetah, man has small horns, man has sharp long beak like a bird, and woman has the foot of a reptile. People are also depicted as wearing clothes that look like animal fur. Author mainly shows animals in isolation to where you cannot really see them. The panels and borders used throughout the text allow readers to see people and characters from zoo animals’ perspective and to see animals through the characters perspective. Author depicts motion and uses color interestingly. Giraffes are camouflaged to the buildings and the tree looks like giraffes. The use of lines for the tiger symbolizes imprisonment. The text also provides a tiny glimpse of the sky and clouds. Colors set mood and tone of story and give off a depressed feeling. In most of the panels the dad does not fit in frame and depicts the dad having hair everywhere and is the only person who finds his jokes as funny. The characters in the story are not very enthusiastic about the zoo and the animals. I like the ending of the book because it leaves room for interpretation. The way I interpreted the images were dreams of freedom for animals that are in cages and isolation in zoos and the birds also symbolize freedom.

  • Sarah Plitt
    2019-03-07 23:11

    ZooThe book Zoo is a thought provoking and reflective piece of art. Anthony Browne creates the oppressive setting and mood in this story through illustrations and dialogue. The story is framed with the introduction a seemingly average family of four. When the read is first introduced to the family, the lack of emotion and happiness is apparent is the two parents who stand in the picture with pictures that look like mug shots. The mother’s face is noticeably stoic whereas the father’s face is smug and disconnected. The dynamics of this “average” family are clearly unveiled through the dialogue exchanged between the two parents and boys. Quotes like “Come DOWN you little brat!” almost made me cringe as the recreational outing was tainted by negative attitudes and perspectives. Then the reader sees the first illustration of a zoo animal. The framed half page illustration depicts a lonely elephant in an empty, colorless room standing near its own feces. The way the young boys describe the experience makes your heart ache for the poor elephant that is unappreciated and disrespected daily by zoo goers. The reader learns a lot about the family by reading their reactions to the different animals and looking at Browne’s illustrations of them. In particular, there is a picture looking up at a dominating father who happens to have two clouds shaped like horns on his head. Although this is the vision I already constructed through his interactions and comments with his family and wildlife, Anthony Browne makes the character’s personality clear. As the family makes their way through the zoo, the reader see enclosures of animals who are in dirty and colorless environments being gawked at by ungrateful viewers. A powerful picture of a gorilla that consists of 4 framed parts captured the pain and domestic features of a gorilla’s face. The point of the story is driven home when Anthony Browne illustrates the young boy’s dream of being in captivity. This powerful message clearly depicts Anthony Browne’s ideology towards zoos and effectively alters the reader’s ideology also.

  • Miss Balzaretti
    2019-03-11 00:14

    The book, Zoo, written and illustrated by Anthony Brownie tells the story of a family who spends the day at the Zoo. Something I really enjoyed about this particular children’s book was that it introduces the characters on the first page with their name and portrait. This way the students can immediately recognize the characters throughout the story. This book has quite a lot of text from an author who is known for his illustrations. The pictures throughout the book are well done and include a lot of detail, especially those of the animals and the characters faces. The layout of the book is constant, with a smaller image over the text and a larger image of the animal on the next page. I didn’t really enjoy this text because for a children’s book it has a somewhat dark undertone. The presence of negative attitudes by the characters mirrors the lack of interest the zoo animals express in the illustrations. As a majority of the animals don’t make eye contact with the reader or the characters. The undertone of darkness that intrigued me happened toward the end of the book when the mom said “I don’t think the zoo really is for animals…I think it’s for people” (Brownie 20). Even as an adult I wondered what the Mom meant by this. Maybe she realizes that the Zoo is meant for people to see animals not for the animals to see the people. Overall, I would have this book in my classroom library because it is a thought provoking story on a child’s level. This text could also be tool to prepare my students before a field trip to the Zoo. Or I could use this book to get my students to talk about their own experience visiting the Zoo with their families. Lastly, I could use this book to talk about emotions. In the text each family member goes through their own change in emotions. I could use the illustrations with the text to get my students to realize the change in emotions or just identify the characters different emotions through literary clues.

  • Joanna Cheng
    2019-03-15 19:03

    It is a very interesting story. There is different perspectives among animals at the zoo and people who come see animals. The conversation of the family numbers is funny. It seems like they had fun at Zoo, but they also cared about their physical and emotional feelings while wandering around. The two boys were hungry and asked Mum for food in the middle of the trip at Zoo, and they got less patient. Also, father of the two boys seemed to enjoy making a joke even thought his little boys think his is embarrassing. Mum of the two boys also got annoyed when they were having a flight. After seeing gorillas, the family looked happy because it was the final thing to see. Then the big boy had a nightmare about sending into the cage like jail. Animals at zoo are supposed to be in the wild, but they look like they are jailing at zoo. They don't have freedom as they are there for people to see. From the story of the book, people come see animals at zoo for fun because they might have seem only some of them on TV before visiting zoo, and some animals are rare which come from different countries and areas like polar circle. However, animals at zoo always look bored and less energetic like the ones in the wild and forest. People are having fun and feeling excited while seeing animals at zoo. But from perspective of the animals, they are not happy to be jailed in a narrowed space at zoo. It is not a natural way how they live on the earth. Those animals belong to the nature which is their home. It implies all animals have right to live freely and equally on the earth as human beings. We should respect and protect them. As human being, we have always desired and fought for freedom from imposed limitation. It is because we think we have right to live a healthy life. What about those animals at zoo?

  • Natasha Sekar
    2019-03-06 17:16

    "Zoo" by Anthony Browne is a story about a boy's trip to the zoo with his Mum, Dad and Brother. Poor old mum has to put up with Dad's embarrassing jokes and her two boys fighting all day but they all have a good day in the end. Throughout the story the text explains what is happening in the picture.The story opens up with a portrait of all four characters. This introduces the family as a stereotypically 'normal family' with familiar characters (e.g embarrassing father, worried mother and naughty children). This paints a good background picture for children who will be able to relate these characters to their own family making them a lot more involved in the book. The book mostly seems to be a running commentary of the family visiting each animal at the zoo told from the boy's perspective. As the book continues, you begin to notice the characters exhibiting behaviour which mirrors that of some of the animals.The playful illustrations complement the story well and create a light-hearted sense of humour as the author compares characters in the story to the animals. This comparison is emphasised at the end when the mum states that she thinks "the zoo is not really for animals, but really is for people". This book would be good for years 2 and above. It can be used as a good starting point to represent the concept of imagery in story-telling. I felt the illustrations told more of the story that the text. Therefore, this book can be used with students of mixed abilities. During my time as a TA at a primary school, we used this book as a discussion point to talk about their relationships with animals. I give this book a 4/5 rating.

  • Katie Hanrahan
    2019-03-03 21:16

    In Zoo by Anthony Browne, readers accompany a family of four during their trip to the zoo. Readers hear about the adventures of the day through the family's oldest son. He tells of his annoyance at his father's jokes, his brother whining, and his being hungry and uninterested in all the zoo animals other than gorillas. The two boys buy monkey hats and are more interested in them than the animal exhibits. The illustrations in this book are very realistic. The animals are depicted with such detail that they look like they have been photographed. The symmetrical interaction of the words and pictures help readers visualize what the narrator is describing. The prominent colors in this book are red, green, yellow, and blue. The red symbolizes the narrator's frustration at being at the zoo; the green represents the nature of being around the animals; the yellow shows the happiness of the boys after both eating and getting their monkey hats; the blue symbolizes a sense of detachment from the animals. If readers look in the background of some of the pictures, they will notice the mise-en-abyme: people are illustrated with animal characteristics. For example, there is a man with a lion's tail. This helps readers understand the theme of the book: the world is a zoo.The metafictive devices contributing to the postmodernism of this book are numerous. The narrator in the story is also a character in the story. He also directly addresses the readers. The ending is also not conclusive and leaves readers thinking. Upon closing the book, readers are left to figure out the theme from the final words and pictures.

  • Rachel Manak
    2019-03-03 23:17

    This book is orientated in a vertical layout. The cover is zebra printed which goes along with the theme, the Zoo. Both of the end pages are white and the next two pages are blank, one black, one white. The title page has the title "ZOO" in bold black text and there is a picture of a hamster in a cage. You are then introduced to the family. Four mug shots show the boy, his brother, his dad and his mum. On each of the pages, there are illustrations that take up just a small section of the page with a large white border and the text underneath. Further pages have the small illustration on one page with the text under it and then a larger illustration on the other page with a large illustration. The illustrations are very cartoon like and colorful. After all, visiting the zoo would be colorful so why should the illustrations be plain. The type is very plain, just a basic Times New Roman. It is also printing in a larger text to make for easier reading. Looking at the cover, I figured the book would be about a family traveling to the zoo. I feel like the book really captured the reality of going to the zoo. Most of the time, books show animals flipping and doing cool tricks but I've never gone to a zoo that had animals flipping and doing cool tricks--except for maybe Sea World-- but the realistic aspect really made this book for me. The kids were bored at the zoo and the mom didn't have much input and then at the end, she implied that her family was the zoo, rather than the animals in the cages.

  • Ashley Cousin
    2019-03-12 19:08

    First and foremost I have to comment that this was definitely an... interesting book. My first impression of this book was taken directly from the illustration on the cover. It is a picture of the four characters in the book and instantly I thought how the dad looked scary and the mom looked sad. I think that through out the book my initial reactions were confirmed based on the text and the illustrations, the dad came off as this slightly mean and rude guy and the mom came off as the kind and bothered mother. The dynamic of the parents are not what one would typically think as the usual picture book parents, but then again, this is a post modern picture book so nothing is the "typcial." Another thing to add is the details of the illustrations. Although they weren't arranged in a specific order all of the pictures had a bordered around them as well as there were a few different point of view. Browne used the worms eye view a couple of times with the fater in this story. I think this was a strategic placement to give off the view that the father was the authority and the one in charge, which is what the text relates to us. Overall, I didn't care for this book very much but it did have some interesting aspects to it.

  • Tiffany
    2019-03-21 22:20

    While reading Zoo, I kept saying out loud "Wait...what?" It wasn't like any other "traditional" picture book that I have read. In my opinion, some of the dialogue and conversation bubbles were inappropriate for younger kids. However, as an adult, I enjoyed the story thoroughly! I thought the dialogue and conversation bubbles were entertaining. I also liked how "real" the story was. The family in this story reminded me mildly of when my family and I went somewhere together on a trip. The traffic and fighting brought back memories of my own.The illustrations were great in this book. I really enjoyed how on one page it showed the family "through the animal's perspective" and then on the other page it showed the animal from the family's perspective. I think kids would like how the family actually looks like wild animals compared to the animals in the zoo. The animals look very calm and subdued.Unlike the other books that I read this week, I feel like the illustrations told more of the story than the text. The text was great, but the illustrations added an extra "hidden story".

  • Krysta Jenkins
    2019-03-05 00:25

    Anthony Browne expresses an unchildish view of a family trip to the zoo. Instead of focusing on the animals, Browne focuses on the human to human relationships and human to animal relationships taking place on the trip. The illustrations are set up as small bordered scences in the center of the page that draw our attention to th action and the fact that a story is being told and we are on the outside of the story. The animal scences are larger illustrations to show what the animals are doing. The images enhance the text, but also have their own speech bubbles with thick letters that call our attention to what the family says to one another. The speech bubbles show the family interaction taking place and express the families disinterest in the animals they came to see in cages. Towards the end, the humans staring at the animals are snimals themselves. I like this idea, because the people to watch animals, but they are acting like unemotional, selfish animals themselves. I also like the cover, because the characters of the family members show through the illustration. The mother is very stearn and almost is forgotten behind the big, loud father.

  • Basra
    2019-03-12 01:10

    The author became the children laureate in 2009, he is well known for encouraging the use of picture books with children of all ages. The book ‘zoo’ has detailed pictures children can use this for inspiration for art work. The author demonstrates his view of zoos through the illustrations throughout the book, the animals are emotions are shown as sad and the colours used for them are dull colours in comparison to the illustrations of the people that are in the zoo they are drawn with bright colours, these colours show that they are happy and the animals are not, they are free whilst the animals are imprisoned. He also shows the people behaving how we would expect animals to behave.Features of the book and how it can be used with younger children in the curriculum The book ‘zoo’ has detailed pictures children can use this for inspiration for art work. Many different activities can be done using this book, Character profiles is just one of them, an example of one is also attached.

  • Jessica Wetherell
    2019-03-16 18:00

    Throughout this book, 'Zoo' makes consistent but subtle links between animals and human, giving the humans small animal features, highlighting the close relationship between our species. However also provides a contrast by dividing the pictures onto separate pages - human pictures on the left, and animals on the right. The human pictures appear colourful yet smaller, which could imply that the focus isn't on them, and rather on the animals. The animal pictures are much bigger, duller in colour, taking up almost the whole page, are much more realistic and detailed, and most importantly have a solid black border implying that they can't escape. The human pictures show a disregard and disrespect for the animals (e.g. rubbish on the floor), also shown in the dialogue which seems very negative towards them - describing the animals as 'boring' rather than noticing their sadness, or appreciating their beauty. The final page of the book shows a role reversal between the animals and the humans, reversing the layout and format of the pictures.By Jess, Harriet and Amber

  • Anna Shi
    2019-03-15 17:02

    The title and the illustration on the cover offer readers enough information that this picture book is about a family trip to a zoo. However, the bars-like background seems to intend to tell readers something else. Looking closely at the illustration of the family on the cover, I find the mother looks worried and the size of the father is much bigger, which forms the sharp contrast with that of the mother. The text is quite complete, while the bubbles serve as a further support to the plot and thus get readers totally involved in the story. There are three kinds of borders adopted in the illustrations, thin one, thick black one and one yellow border. The illustration of the gorilla is quite thought-provoking, with the face of the gorilla being divided into four pieces. Another interesting picture is about the two brothers having a fight when they saw the baboons. With the monkey hats on their head, it seems that they are the two baboons who are having a fight and the mother looks to be trapped by the two naughty boys.

  • Sami Frank
    2019-02-25 20:22

    While reading Zoo by Anthony Brown, I was very drawn to the front cover and the black and white zebra stripes, which also go along with the zoo theme. The illustrations on the front stand out more with the background. It starts off with a family going on a trip to the zoo where they encounter many bumps along the way. The children fight, there is traffic, even the cost of the zoo was complained about. I started to realize that as much as the family was acting like animals, they were seen as the animals and the roles were reversed. The children even put on monkey hats and act like animals. I felt that the tone of this book, even though it was funny, was a little dull at times. I know this is a children's book, but I would not chose to finish reading it if I was at a younger age. Overall this book had great, realistic illustrations and had the reader thinking in an upside down way.

  • Adrienne
    2019-03-10 20:58

    In my opinion, this book pokes fun at the purpose of city zoos. The story is narrated by the boy. He, his brother, and his parents all take a trip to the zoo. In the beginning the family is caught in a traffic jam. In the jam, the illustrations seem quite normal. At second glance, one may notice that some of the people and vehicles have animal parts. The more the story progresses the more you see this animal imagery. At the zoo, the family is entertained by the pompous father. He frustrates and even embarrasses the boy with his jokes and animal impersonations. Throughout the book the boys are excited about the animals but the mother seems to have a different perspective, and the father has one of his own. It seems that the mother speaks for the animals and the father speaks for the zoo affiliates. As the story ends, the boy may be taking the view of his mother after an interesting dream.