ZOOMAN SAM by Lois Lowry

ZOOMAN SAM

Age Range: 7 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

For “Future Job Day” at Sam Krupnik’s nursery school, the four-year-olds have been instructed to dress up as representatives of their desired profession. Sam doesn’t want to be a fireman, as do all the other boys in his class. Instead he wants to be “somebody important, somebody interesting, somebody more than ordinary,” a secret concept he privately and quite marvelously dubs “the Chief of Wonderfulness.” With the assistance of his impossibly even-tempered mother and ever-helpful sister, Anastasia, Sam dresses up in a spiffy homemade zookeeper’s costume. Sam’s teacher allows Sam to tell his class about a different zoo animal every day, a privilege that he finds both thrilling and challenging. The plotting is leisurely, the story is slender, and a subplot about the training of the family dog barely registers. This cast of familiar characters isn’t as vibrant as usual, and the material runs out of steam before the novel ends. Fans of the Sam books may find satisfaction in the nicely foreshadowed but still unanticipated punch line. (Fiction. 7-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-395-97393-7
Page count: 155pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1999




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