Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

One Night in the Zoo

One Night in the Zoo

Judith Kerr
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 7
Kane Miller Book Publishers, 2010   ISBN: 978-1935279372

One “magical, moonlit night” the animals at the zoo get out of their cages and the strangest things start to happen. An elephant takes to the air, and a kangaroo and an alligator ride a bicycle “made for two.” Three lions do some amazing magical tricks, and four bears cook a “squid and squidgeberry stew.” Unfortunately, the stew turns five flamingoes from pink to blue.

When dawn starts to lighten up the sky, nine owls all out the alarm, telling all the animals that it is time for them to get back into their cages quickly.

This clever counting book will delight children who have a fondness for the ridiculous. Full of amusing animal characters and lovely color-pencil illustrations, this picture book gives children a creative way to practice their numbers.