ZOOMER by Ned Young


From the "Zoomer" series
by & illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 7
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Mom’s away, but twins Hooper and Cooper diligently get ready for school anyway; Zoomer, however, energetically avoids the task despite his ineffectual dad’s best efforts. This family of dogs lives in a large Victorian house, the puppies attend school and they behave in mostly human fashion. Zoomer engages in imaginative play that gradually becomes more real, moving from wearing a superhero costume to sailing a pirate ship to flying a rocket with two pelican pals. It’s not quite clear where Zoomer is getting these superpowers or why, but he’s having lots of fun while his tattling, better-behaved brothers proceed in orderly fashion. Though the plot is downright silly, the storytelling is flat and it’s sometimes hard to distinguish among the four dogs, Zoomer has a certain zest about him. Young’s busy, bright paintings in his first picture book show that he can illustrate wildly improbable animal antics in a humorous and more-or-less believable way. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-170088-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2010


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