This week were delighted to see that Ross Collins‘ This Zoo Is Not For You has been awarded the prize in the picture book category of the 2018 Teach Early Years Awards! In each category there are three winners, awarded either five, four or three stars – and This Zoo Is Not For You has been named the five star winner!
The Teach Early Years Awards said: “This book is a joy to read! The rhyme scheme works perfectly, rolling off the tongue, whilst a playful sense of humour brings joy to every page. The story asks us to consider how we treat others whilst also spreading an important message about inclusivity and celebrating difference. The illustrations are brilliantly composed and there’s plenty to spot on repeat visits too.”
When a small platypus visits the zoo, the animals all assume he has come about the vacancy and he is swiftly taken through a rigorous interview process. But the platypus is far too bland for the chameleons, not nearly graceful enough for the flamingos, and his tricks will never impress the monkeys. So, he leaves. The animals soon regret being so unkind, but . . . what’s this? The platypus has left an invitation! Oh dear – it seems he had actually come to the zoo to invite them all to his party. Uh-oh! But with all forgiven and forgotten, the platypus welcomes his new zoo friends to a fantastic party on his Platypus!
This rollicking rhyming picture book, from the award-winning creator of There’s a Bear on My Chair, combines comic misunderstandings with a heartfelt story about acceptance and belonging.
Here’s a look inside:
You can find the full list of winners in all categories here. Congratulations, Ross!