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ZANY ZOO by William Wise


by William Wise & illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: March 27th, 2006
ISBN: 0-618-18891-6
Publisher: Walter Lorraine/Houghton Mifflin

Wise will drop readers fond of relentlessly pun-ishing doggerel into hog heaven with this manic menagerie. From a watermelon-loving “melon collie” to four garlic-eating rabbits making a “hares’ breath escape” from Mr. Fox, each set of verses brings a fresh round of “panda-monium,” “fowl play” or “otter confusion”—all of which is expertly captured in Munsinger’s jovial, finely detailed watercolors. Follow this up with Charles Hoce’s Beyond Old MacDonald: Funny Poems from Down on the Farm (2005), illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes, for yet more sheep thrills and wordplay. After all, “one good tern deserves another.” (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)