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Author: Jeff Newman

Illustrator: Jeff Newman

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Publisher: Little, Brown & Company,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Randy works at the zoo. His job as zookeeper is to put up the signs that identify the animals. When the rhinoceros sees the Hippo sign in front of his home, he decides to fix things on his own. This is a humorous story of mistaken identity.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 5 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: read with 4½ year old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our kindergartner liked this book. Because there is no traditional dialogue, she was able to create their own version of events in subsequent readings.

Adult Reader Reaction: The story is fun. The illustrations help tell the story, though they can get busy at times.

Pros: The story is as simple or as complex as you want it to be. It offers great opportunities for pre-readers and young readers to use/push their imaginations for a story all their own.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Definitely borrow. This is one of those books where the story doesn't have to be the same every time, and one where pre-readers can make up their own tales without worrying about the words on a page.


Educational Themes: This book is one that is mostly for enjoyment. You could stretch it to talk about animals at the zoo, visiting the zoo, problem solving and paying attention to details ... but you'd be working hard to do it.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2006

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