The indefatigable helper introduced in Mr Tweed’s Good Deeds (2014) continues his worthy work.
It seems that the jazz band Mr Tweed—a dapper dog sporting a monumentally tall top hat—has come to the zoo to hear has scattered about the grounds. So off he goes to spot (with readers’ help, natch) guitar player Pinky Jackson among a crowd of fellow flamingos, Mary Lou Lemur and her saxophone lurking in the dense Lost Forest, trombonist Otis O’Rangutan, and seven more animal performers in time for the show. Reminiscent of Peter Max’s psychedelic-era fancies for color, style, and surreal sensibility, Stoten’s busy but not overwhelming zoo scenes are thronged with a mix of clothed animals and human visitors of diverse age and skin color. The search concludes at last in the bustling gift shop (which doubles as a performance space), and the regathered band salutes Mr Tweed as he strolls off to, no doubt, more good deeds.
A stylish, retro addition to the seek-and-find genre. (Picture book. 5-7)