This Zoo is Not For You, the brand new picture book by Ross Collins, author-illustrator of There’s a Bear On My Chair, has been named The Observer’s children’s book of the week!
Imogen Carter writes: “Some books seem to carry a memory of the fun their creators must have had conceiving them and the latest from Scottish author/illustrator Ross Collins – about a platypus enduring a series of job interviews with some snooty zoo animals – is shot through with a particular brand of mischief. Told in rhyming couplets with beautifully expressive illustrations, it bounces along, a pleasure to read aloud … There’s a touch of Tim Minchin about Collins, who has worked on more than 100 children’s books and won several awards: his tone is funny but heartfelt and a little bit rock’n’roll … Clearly Collins knows how to throw a good party – young children should find the invitation irresistible.”
You can read the full review here – and here’s a look inside This Zoo is Not For You:
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