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PreS-Gr 2-The cut-and-paste, handmade look and feel of this picture book underscores its thematic ode to creative problem solving. Little T is about to embark on a much-anticipated trip to the zoo with her family when she freezes up with fear. Her parents call time-out and undertake a laugh-out-loud, over-the-top attempt to pinpoint exactly which animal she seems to be afraid of. Utilizing household objects, recyclables, clothing, and everyday art materials, Mom, Dad, and sister construct a madcap, A-to-Z range of costumes to determine which creature could possibly be thwarting T's desire to go to the zoo. "Does it jump in the road?" asks Mom, holding V-shaped tongs to her head simulating deer's antlers; "Does it live in the tropics?" asks Dad, crawling around the floor in an iguana costume constructed with cardboard tubes and paper bags. And so on until nightfall, when T declares her fears banished and now wants to go to the zoo. (Who wouldn't, after all those entertaining theatrics?) But when they arrive the next day, an encounter with a certain zoo employee sends T's sister into a panic, an ironic twist to T's resolution of her own fears. The charming, detailed watercolor and ink illustrations really tell the story, and children will relish poring over them to guess the animal costumes and identify their construction materials. Pair this with titles such as Antoinette Portis's Not a Box (2006) and Not a Stick (2007, both HarperCollins) to jump-start kids' own creative juices.-Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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A big sister is going bonkers because it’s a perfect day to go to the zoo, but her younger sister, Little T, is afraid. Afraid of what? She can’t quite remember, but it’s at the zoo. Mom, Dad, and the big sister launch a campaign to jog Little T’s memory with some extremely inventive props. A giant jellyfish made of an umbrella and streamers jiggles overhead. A cardboard rhinoceros charges. A snake with a vacuum-powered hiss slithers up. None of the animals manage to scare Little T, who thus determines that a trip to the zoo might not be so bad. Once they arrive, however, a scary surprise awaits, but this time it’s Little T’s big sister running away. That’s OK, though, because there’s a zoo’s worth of handcrafted fun waiting at home. Heder tells a child-relevant story about facing your fears with a light hand and zippy prose, but it’s her art that dials the zippiness up to 11, as her warm and humorously realistic figures gallivant alongside some remarkably envisioned handcrafted animal puppets. Grades K-2. --Jesse Karp
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419707760
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419707766
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Originally from Cambridge, MA, Thyra was raised by a family of bossy, loving artists. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, and spends a lot of time drawing strangers. Fraidyzoo is her first picture book.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Whitney May on November 5, 2013
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This book is fantastic. The story is adorable and the illustrations are so detailed that my neices and I keep finding more and more to love with every read. I will be buying this one for every kid I know, and I can't wait to see what the author comes up with next.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jordan on November 5, 2013
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Great book! Lovely watercolor illustrations. I have nieces and nephews that range from ages 2-14. They all love it, whether it's my 2 year old nephew looking for the cat hidden in each page or my 14 year old niece who loves drawing and making costumes. This proves that you can keep this book around for a long time, revisit it often and always find something new.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gabriel liedman on November 5, 2013
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This book is absolutely brilliant. It's funny and beautiful, makes me wish I was a kid again, and glad that I have kids in my life to read it to!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer A Doorly on November 7, 2013
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This is a very inspirational book. Kids and adults alike will love the incredible animal creations and the clever illustrations. What I love most about this book is that it teaches kids how to turn the ordinary into extraordinary. Given how device-heavy childhood has become, this book is a beautiful reminder that sometimes the best fun comes from a cardboard box, some tape, and a little imagination.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katherine M., Bautista on November 5, 2013
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I wasn't sure if an alphabet book would still interest my 5 year old nephew, but I read the book when it arrived today and it's just perfect for him. I'm looking forward to reading it together and watching him try and figure out each animal.
I love this unique take on a classic picture book theme.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Whitney on November 15, 2013
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The illustrations in Fraidyzoo alone were enough to keep my 3 year old son entertained...so much to see!
The story is loving, educational and the lil plot twist at the end is hilarious!

Buying more copies for friends and teachers!

Brilliantly beautiful story!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KB4F on November 13, 2013
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Absolutely brilliant. This amazingly well crafted and thoughtfully executed book is as entertaining for a parent as it is for the kids.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christina D. on November 10, 2013
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I got my pre-ordered copy on Thursday and actually bought a second copy today for my nephews. This book is so imaginative and thoughtful, I want to buy a copy for every young child in my life. It's an alphabet book and DIY book all in one (the animals are made cleverly of things found around the house!). It prompts really great dialogue with kiddos -- "what's that animal?" "what's the animal made of?" "why would little t be afraid of the zoo?" It's really very good.
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