"It's a pretty good zoo," said young Gerald McGrew, "and the fellow who runs it seems proud of it, too." But if Gerald ran the zoo, the New Zoo, McGrew Zoo, he'd see to making a change or two: "So I'd open each cage. I'd unlock every pen, let the animals go, and start over again." And that's just what Gerald imagines, as he travels the world in this playfully illustrated Dr. Seuss classic (first published back in 1950), collecting all sorts of beasts "that you don't see every day." From the mountains of Zomba-ma-Tant to the blistering sands of the Desert of Zind, Gerald hunts down every animal imaginable ("I'll catch 'em in countries no one can spell, like the country of Motta-fa-Potta-fa-Pell"). Whether it's a scraggle-foot Mulligatawny or a wild-haired Iota (from "the far western part of south-east North Dakota"), Gerald amazes the world with his new and improved zoo: "This Zoo Keeper, New Keeper's simply astounding! He travels so far that you think he would drop! When do you suppose this young fellow will stop?"
But Gerald's weird and wonderful globe-trotting safari doesn't end a moment too soon: "young McGrew's made his mark. He's built a zoo better than Noah's whole Ark!" Some of the text and illustrations--imaginative as they are--are obviously dated, such as the following passage: "I'll hunt in the mountains of Zomba-ma-Tant/ With helpers who all wear their eyes at a slant,/ And capture a fine fluffy bird called the Bustard/ Who only eats custard with sauce made of mustard." And your children may be the first to recognize that attitudes have changed since the xenophobic '50s. But that doesn't mean this tale need be discarded; instead, it should be discussed. Ironically, Seuss was trying here--in his wild, explosive, and sometimes careless manner--to celebrate the joys of unconventionality and the bliss of liberation! (Ages 4 to 8)
Illus. in color. "Young Gerald McGrew thinks of all sorts of unusual animals he'd have in a zoo. Dr. Seuss at his best."--Horn Book.See all Editorial Reviews
My K12 class loved this read aloud. The imagination behind the animals was inspiring.
We enjoyed crafting our own zoo creatures from pipe cleaners.
Would read and again! The made up names and animals can get a little tough to sound out. Otherwise fun packed book for the little one.Published 1 month ago by Anderson Quach
This was a fun book. However, people should be warned that there are some racist bits in the writing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Reading with Cupcakes
I used to read this to my sister when she was younger. I have looked in stores off and on for a lot of years (not saying how many) for this particular Dr. Seuss book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sparkles
Cannot go wrong with Dr. Seuss. Excellent book for children. And for adults, too, if you have never read one of his books.Published 2 months ago by Polly A. Puckett
I have ordered many Dr. Seuss books and this one is right up there with the rest of them. It is not a title you often see. I now look on Amazon for other interesting Dr. Read morePublished 2 months ago by sandy Renninger