From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2—There is big trouble: "It started one day with a trip to the zoo/When a pale, sniffly girl named Felicity Floo/Wiped her red, runny nose without a tissue." Ignoring the "please do not pet the animals" sign, Felicity goes around petting and riding and cozying up to all the occupants, and they all get sick. The book then ends with the caution: "Her cold got so big/That they named it The Floo./You may not believe me,/But if I were you,/I think I'd go bowling/And not to the zoo." Told in verse with every line ending in a word that rhymes with "zoo," the story may be a little gross, but the overall package is humorous. The distinctive watercolor and ink illustrations in subdued shades of green, gray, and brown are a perfect match for the text. They feature large-eyed, waiflike Felicity decked out in purple and placing her very visible sickly green handprints on every animal pictured. Young readers and storytime attendees will delight in the antics and receive a timely lesson in hygiene as well.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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About the Author
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.