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Kindergarten-Grade 4—It's time for dog brothers Cooper, Hooper, and Zoomer to get ready for school, but Zoomer doesn't intend to go today. He's busy doing a variety of ridiculous things: blowing the world's largest bubble, making a giant sand brontosaurus, building a dog-food castle, and more. Dad does his best to corral Zoomer and his brothers through their morning routine, but in the end, the pup is right when he claims that he is staying home. It turns out to be Saturday. Bright, fun illustrations detailing Zoomer's ambitious undertakings are the highlight of the book. A choppy story line and a narrative that lacks transitions between one event and the next create an overall feeling of disconnect, causing this attempt at humorous exaggeration to be more confusing than funny.—Amanda Moss Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library, WI
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Zoomer looks to be a beagle, but from the front cover, which shows him pouring bubble bath into a backyard inflatable pool, it’s clear he has some very human abilities. In Young’s lively picture-book debut, Zoomer’s dad and two brothers try to get him ready for school. But he has other plans, starting with jumping on his bed and acting like a superhero called “Power Puppy.” He then proceeds to blow bubbles out of a tuba, build a castle out of dog food, and create a brontosaurus out of sand. Young’s illustrations are bright and detailed, with an appealing retro feel. He throws in plenty of whimsical asides (like the bird bowling happening on a limb outside the window), but it’s Zoomer’s imagination and resourcefulness that are the focus. When it turns out that it’s Saturday—not a school day at all—young readers will cheer on Zoomer even more. The last picture shows Zoomer and his family enjoying a day off courtesy of a colossal slide that ends in their backyard pool. Grades K-2. --Abby Nolan

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Series: Zoomer
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061700886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061700880
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ned is a self-taught painter and illustrator whose playful sense of humor is published on a variety of merchandise, including prints, calendars, puzzles, mugs, and greeting cards. Zoomer, published by HarperCollins, is his picture-book debut.

www.nedyoung.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Kirkfield VINE VOICE on August 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
With styling cues from the 1950s, the artwork in Zoomer reminds me of Chris Van Dusen's Mr. Magee series**, but the text is not quite up to CVD's energetic pace. I also found the boundary between real and imaginary to be unsteady; many illustrations incorporate Zoomer's brothers into his fantasies.

Still, this is a great first book from calendar artist Ned Young. Always nice to see children's books which focus on the father-child dynamic. Even though the Dad here is classically clueless, he clearly dotes on his three pups. Any household with multiple kids is sure to enjoy this story.

** A Camping Spree With Mr. Magee

** Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tina F. on May 2, 2010
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I'd been purchasing Ned Young's calendars for years and was disappointed that I couldn't find one for 2010. When it turned out the apparent reason was that he was working on a children's book, I was very excited. I don't have any children, but I found this book to be a lot of fun. The paintings are engaging and colorful, and I imagine kids (and other immature adults like myself) will really enjoy it.
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By K. Draney on March 10, 2011
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This book has quickly become a favorite in our household. The story is imaginative and full of humor that keeps my five year old laughing each time we read it - which has turned into several times a day. Zoomer is an enjoyable read for parents as well. This delightful story of a patient and loving (but somewhat clueless) father enduring the antics that come with a house full of lively children is one that any parent can relate to. Whenever I ask my own littlest one what she would like for breakfast, I know undoubtably the answer will be "chili dogs and nachos". We love Zoomer.
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Great book! All kids enjoyed this one. We have a 7 year old, 6 year old, 4 year old, and 16 month old. Yes, our house is crazy too. Thank you for making us all laugh. We have read this one many times. We found a copy at the library, but may need to order a copy as we ALL enjoyed this one so much. Only down side.....our kids now want to get one of those super slides at the end so they to can go flying into the small pool we have in the backyard. hahahahahha. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to checking out his other books.
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By B. Jackson on December 30, 2010
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Yea for Ned Young's picture book debut! I loved reading it to my 4 year old boy and 7 year old girl. They loved it, too! The story line is fun. The illustrations are great. It's about a family of dogs. Mom dog is away on a trip. Dad dog is left to take care of twin dogs Hooper and Cooper, and younger brother dog Zoomer. Dad does not understand why Zoomer does not want to go to school, since Zoomer has always loved school. Great surprise ending. I look forward to Ned Young's next book.
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By V. DeWitt on July 11, 2013
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Fun ideas for writing other stories! If you wanted to write a story, you could get some good ideas from this book! (Written from daughter's own words:)
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The illustrations are just beautiful! This would be a great book for a four year old who attends school. They will like the twist at the end.
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By Nova mom on January 17, 2014
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My kids ages 7 and 3 love this book! We first read it in the waiting room at occupational therapy and soon I was reading it to them every week so I bought one as a gift from Santa. Great book with lots of laughs- especially for very active kids who can relate to being on the move like zoomer!
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