- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 780 (What's this?)
- Series: The Secret Zoo (Book 1)
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reprint edition (December 28, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061987514
- ISBN-13: 978-0061987519
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 605 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Secret Zoo Paperback – December 28, 2010
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About the Author
Bryan Chick is the author of the Secret Zoo series. He originally had the idea for the series when he was a nine-year-old and wondered what would happen if zoo exhibits had secret doors that allowed children to go inside . . . and the animals to come outside. Bryan Chick lives with his wife and three children in Clarkston, Michigan.
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I felt that was a little unnecessarily traumatic. If your child is a gentle soul, or a hero-type like mine, this may be a little disturbing. It gave him bad dreams. I would have liked to have known about this before he started reading it, so maybe another parent will benefit from the fore-knowledge.
I downloaded The Secret Zoo after hearing about it at a local elementary school. I'm glad I did. I read it out loud to my 10-year-old (at the time) son and wife. We all enjoyed the book. The main characters are nice kids that my son could identify with. He especially liked Richie, the comic-relief character and adorable goofball. All of the characters, though, took a backseat to the awesome animals. I think I've mentioned them. Along their adventures in the Secret Zoo, the Action Scouts (the name the heroes give themselves collectively) meet and befriend polar bears, rhinos, prairie dogs, and more. They also encounter scary (age appropriate) sasquatches! What's not to like?
All animal fans and everyone who has ever wondered where all the locked doors and mysterious nooks and crannies in a zoo lead should read this fun book.