From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-Granny would rather stay at home in her nightie, but her insistent granddaughter dolls her up and drags her out to an after-hours party at the zoo. Once there, the woman becomes the belle of the ball, waltzing and twirling with monkeys, a rhino, and a particularly handsome bear. After hours of dancing, grandmother and granddaughter return home on the train, tuckered out but dreaming of the next wild celebration. Winthrop's rhyming text is well paced and a delight to read aloud. Granny's farewell to her bear beau is particularly endearing: "`You'll come again, you won't forget?'/the eager bear called out./She shut her eyes, she pursed her lips/and kissed him on his snout." Murdocca's spreads are riots of color and activity, with creatively imagined animal guests preening and prancing. Children will find new details upon repeated readings, from the stately bear in his stars-and-stripes tuxedo and top hat to the tiger decked out
la Carmen Miranda to the snake sporting a single sneaker. A charming tale for bedtime or storytime.Eve Ortega, Cypress Library, CA
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About the Author
Winthrop is a Marshall Cavendish author.