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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; First Edition edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152058176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152058173
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #635,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* “As if more proof were needed that Adam Rex has a strange and goofy mind, here’s a visit to a meta-fictional zoo with some uncommonly crafty residents. . . Rex gives the whole episode a surreal, expect-anything feel. . . .[A] gleefully postmodern romp.” (starred review)
(Kirkus Reviews)

* “A sort of Personal Shopper Doolittle, a zoo-going girl talks to the animals, but the novelty wears off when the pushy beasts send her on errands. . . . Rex packs increasingly crisp conversations into tight six-panel comics, relaxing into airy spreads as the girl meanders along zoo paths. . . . A very funny excursion.” (starred review)
(Publishers Weekly)

About the Author

ADAM REX is the author and illustrator of the New York Times Book Review bestseller Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
 

More About the Author

Adam Rex grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, the middle of three children. He now lives in Tucson with his physicist wife Marie.
His picture book FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH, a collection of stories about monsters and their problems, was a New York Times Bestseller. 2007 saw the release of his first novel, THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY.
Garlic and crosses are useless against Adam. Sunlight has been shown to be at least moderately effective. A silver bullet does the trick. Pretty much any bullet, really.

Customer Reviews

The illustrations are whimsical, inventive, and beautifully detailed and the story is hilarious.
Nathan Wilcox
Adam Rex thinks and approaches literature a bit differently than others and has a very sarcastic sense of humor that our family adores.
jbirdvahey
I have all of his books to date (and will continue to purchase each new one as he publishes them).
Dan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dan on September 29, 2007
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Mr. Rex has the unique ability to entertain not only his target audience, children, but also the next couple of generations (up, of course). My entire family "gets a kick" out of his incredible drawings and use of color, as well as the story lines and choice of words and humorous, tounge in cheek prose. I have all of his books to date (and will continue to purchase each new one as he publishes them). Thanks, Adam.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Adam Rex's PSST! tells of a bunch of animals who've been cooped up too long at the zoo. So when a little boy with capable hands happens along, he finds each exhibit wishes him to bring them something special. It's a unique, hilarious story highly recommended for any collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on September 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Completely creative. This book works as a picture book for little kids, and ALSO (this is very important for families where the reading levels are a wide range) it works as a comic-book type story, and it is filled with puns and funny details. You have to see it to believe it - the illustrations are dynamite. I love:

+ the zoo animals cruising around in their little free-range hamster balls
+ elderly Batman
+ rats eat trash and goats eat trash but pandas eat bamboo
+ the voice bubbles coming out of people (and animals, and birds)
+ "All T-shirts Great and Small,"
+ the "hilly goats bluff"
+ the map on the endpapers
+ corncorncorncorncorncorn fuelfuelfuel.... (!)
+ the high quality illustrations - surprises everywhere you look

Savor every page! It is difficult to think of another picture book that works on so many levels and is FUNNY! And with humor that appeals to big kids and little kids and parents. Even the "humor-free" acknowledgment page is worth a read.

Big accomplishment - get this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A on July 30, 2012
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I love any book that encourages my children to love reading, and this is one of those books. I purchased the book after my four-year-old twins came home from preschool raving about it. They had read it in class and were still talking about it hours later. It is nicely illustrated and the concept and some of the lines are funny. My kids think it's "awesome"!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jbirdvahey on October 10, 2011
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If your kids "get it" and have a slightly different sense of humor (and intelligence) but crave just the right amount of silly - this is a great book. Adam Rex thinks and approaches literature a bit differently than others and has a very sarcastic sense of humor that our family adores. The illustrations alone are almost always worth a purchase and this book is no exception. If you are looking for a cutesy, feel good, easy read - this isn't it. If you're looking for something interesting and humorous, even if it may require a bit of effort to explain to your children at first, this is a fabulous book.
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Format: Hardcover
I have probably read over 500 different children's books this year and this is the best one so far. The illustrations are whimsical, inventive, and beautifully detailed and the story is hilarious. My three year old, my wife, and I were all laughing out loud as we read this. And the jokes didn't get tired after the umpteenth reading. This is Adam Rex' best book for smaller children and I could not recommend anything more.
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By Ulyyf on January 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I love the artwork here, with the retro text and the little jokes hidden around on every page.

My nieces weren't so into the artwork, but they liked the dialog a lot. Thought it was hilarious. All that's left is the plot... which, okay, is a bit thin (girl goes to the zoo, gets co-opted into picking up groceries for zoo animals, does so), but so be it. Can't have everything.
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By nosmatnot on March 20, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I got this book for my son. He has since moved on to more pithy fodder, but we just read it together again (he's 10 now) and it still makes both of us laugh. Very, very clever and funny.
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