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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Book and CD edition (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442467436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442467439
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2–This zany picture book follows a boy who attends a concert next to the zoo. Bored with the performance, he begins dozing off when suddenly the animals take over the stage. “The lions and the elephants,/the bears and the raccoons/will steal away the trumpets,/the flutes and bassoons,/replace the musicians, and chase them away/Then they'll sit in the band shell/and play.” The humorous verse is full of zoo creatures and instruments that children will likely want to learn more about. The digital artwork matches the tone and text perfectly. Children will be giggling at both the song and the illustrations, such as the one of a hippo playing a tuba. This would be a great storytime book, and it even includes a CD of Lithgow singing the tune with an orchestra.–Brooke Rasche, La Crosse Public Library, WIα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Actor, musician, and author Lithgow (I Got Two Dogs, 2008) offers here another humorous children’s song in picture-book form. A boy reluctantly accompanies his family to an open-air concert held in a bandstand next to the zoo. Bored with the music, the boy drifts off to sleep, where he dreams the animals escape their cages and take over for the musicians. He is confused that the audience doesn’t react to these strange events, but he finally settles in to enjoy the concert, only to be awakened by his sister telling him it’s time to go home. Hernandez’s vibrantly hued digital artwork captures the zaniness of the text; she portrays tutu-clad hippos tooting tubas along with trumpeting lions and raccoon flautists. The illustrations also serve as a low-key introduction to orchestra instruments, and young listeners will enjoy identifying the animals with their musical devices. A CD of Lithgow performing this song (unavailable for review) is included, making this a particularly good story hour choice, especially for Lithgow’s many fans. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Lithgow’s sideline as a kids’ book author is no lark. His past bestsellerdom indicates that this book will be on plenty of radars. Preschool-Grade 2. --Kay Weisman

More About the Author

Writing a children's book was not something that I pursued. It pursued me. It started when I was asked to write a narration for a symphony for kids. I realized that it had the text for a book. From that text "The Remarkable Farkle McBride" was born. And once the first book was successful, others followed.

My sixth (!) children's book, "Marsupial Sue Presents the Runaway Pancake," was just published this fall. This is a sequel to "Marsupial Sue," one of my most popular storybook characters.This story was inspired in part by two different things: The "Runaway Pancake" song is a guaranteed show stopper whenever I sing it in one of my Paloozicals Concert for Kids , and my performing on Broadway this year in "Dirty Rotton Scoundrels" made me think that Sue might like to put on a show of her own with all of her animal friends.

I credit my parents for fostering my love of literature and books. I have fond memories of my father reading chapters aloud from great thick books like "The Jungle Book" and "A Teller of Tales".

I have carried on my father's tradition by reading aloud to my own kids when they were little. I have also started a few traditions of my own, like singing to them and playing really mediocre guitar, building castles with them out of refrigerator boxes and treasure hunts across museums. Once I even created a very elaborate paper chase across the entire campus of UCLA for my daughter Phoebe's 16th Birthday. Some of these games were inspiration for all of the Lithgow Palooza books and books with kits that have been published by both Simon and Schuster and Running Press.

Although writing is an arduous process for me, there is nothing better than seeing a child falling in love with one of my stories.

Customer Reviews

The book is very cute, both the story and the art.
Karen Baird
If you enjoy books and music with your children, the family will love this!
JOH
My two and a half and almost three year old Grandchildren love it!
nitti

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Hutcheson on October 25, 2013
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This is a book that everyone in the family will enjoy. John Lithgow has created an adventure in reading and listening that hasn't been equaled since Peter And The Wolf. The story/rhyme is entertaining and the music creates an atmosphere that will pull you right into the dazzling event of an orchestra of zoo animals. I watched an interview with Mr. Lithgow and was so charmed by him and the fact that he said his dog helped him write this adorable book, that I ordered the book with overnight Prime delivery. I was rewarded with a book that is so fun that I wanted to listen to it over and over. Often, illustrators don't get the credit they deserve. I'm completely charmed and captivated with the whimsical and creative talents of Leeza Hernandez. Together Lithgow and Hernandez have fashioned a book that will be passed down to generations for come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Weeks on October 31, 2013
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My Grandson who is 4 just received this book today. My son said he wouldn't come to dinner without it. The book was a total hit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JS on June 8, 2014
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We checked this out from the library and are going to buy our own copy. My son, who is almost 5, loves the book and has asked me to read it to him every night for the past 3 weeks.. The pictures are cute, the music is good, the narration/singing is wonderful. Even without the CD, it would be a great book; the music just adds so much to it. It's our new favorite!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay on April 16, 2014
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This book, like "The Remarkable Farkle McBride", has some wonderful musical elements that can be tied into classroom learning. However, I am pretty careful with the words that I use in the classroom, and there are little parts here and there where I change a word - just a warning before recommending to parents of little ones!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patriicia A. Morrissey on December 30, 2013
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A good High school gift book. Adults will appreciate the message. Not a children's book. Wonderful language and concepts. Dark illustrations, beautifully executed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leo L. Knasiak on December 29, 2013
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My grand children love to read, so this was right up ther alley. They really enjoyed reading this book. I would suggest for kids that like reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig Miller on December 3, 2013
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Our grandchild really enjoyed this book with the great illustrations. Books like this encourage reading and the love of books.
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This is such a cute book! I took two of my younger cousins to the library, and this is one of the books they picked out. I guess it is one of their favorites from what their mom said, but it comes with a cd with music on it to go along with the story. The pictures are wonderful and go perfectly with the story. I enjoyed this just as much as those two little girls and my son.
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