World-famous conductor Herbert Timberteeth (an aptly named beaver) is about to debut his new song, “What Animals Like Most.”
The curtain parts with a horizontal gatefold to reveal all of the performers stretched out on stage. The lions begin the show. They unenthusiastically sing, “We are lions, and we like to prowl.” Reluctant wolves chime in with “We are wolves, and we like to howl.” The pigeons predictably follow suit. “We are pigeons, and we like to coo.” But the cows, with mischievous grins, sing, “We are cows, and we like to … / … dig,” gleefully whipping out spades and shovels to emphasize their point. Dig?! A stern glare from Timberteeth stops the shenanigans, and the song continues. But soon other animals start changing the lyrics too. Do kangaroos really like to hop around? No, they much prefer Ping-Pong. Do worms like to wiggle? No, they like to bowl! Timberteeth throws his baton down in disgust. These darn animals are ruining the show. Or maybe they are just tired of being misunderstood! Robinson’s pen-and-ink illustrations pack plenty of visual wit, too. A shrimp (who likes to ski) has multiple broken legs, and by the end, the monkeys (who like buffets) are snoozing off food comas.
Guffaws and surprising twists (plus Timbertooth’s exaggerated tantrums) will have youngsters clamoring for a repeat performance. Brava! (Picture book. 4-8)