Sunday, March 27, 2011

Jenn's Review: Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo

Summary: Follow a sniffly girl on a hands-on trip to the zoo, and you’ll find one miserable menagerie — and a comical ode to the virtue of tissues.  

ALL OF THE ANIMALS DOWN AT THE ZOO ARE SNUFFLING AND SNORTING AND SNEEZING ACHOO.

Why are the hyenas crying boo-hoo? And what gave the rhino a sickly green hue? It starts when Felicity Floo wipes her red, runny nose and transfers the goo. . . . Kids will be happily grossed out to follow the icky trail as she pets one hapless, bleary-eyed creature after another. With whimsical, stylized illustrations showing Felicity’s handprints on every spread, this cautionary tale will have readers roaring out loud — and racing off to wash their hands!

Review:  I love this book and so does my daughter.  Beautifully illustrated by the author, it's a little slice of Edward Gorey for children.  It's done in sepia tones with the gooey handprints in gloss so that there is a subtle but noticeable difference.

We have fun going through all the animals in the zoo with Felicity as she spreads her goo, and even learned a few new ones too.  It's allegorical so there is fun learning.  It teaches children about runny nose etiquette without being preachy.  It also teaches that every action has consequences, even if they are not immediately visible, and I like that.  

About the Author, Illustrator
E. S. Redmond was inspired to write this, her first book, after a trip with her children to a petting zoo. She says, "I remember watching all these smiling, wobbling toddlers surrounding the animals. Every little nose was running, and the sheep resembled very large mounds of tissue. It struck me as altogether funny and ironic that the hand soap was mounted on the fence at the exit. Nice for us, not so great for the sheep." E. S. Redmond lives in Massachusetts.

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