Dog Night at the Story Zoo
At the zoo, when everyone is gone, animals from the forest and pets from the town meet with the animals from the zoo and go to the zoo cafeteria. There, the dogs from the neighborhood tell interesting stories about what happened to them. One of the dogs tells about how he really likes to fetch and how he goes to the pound several times before he finds the right family. Another story is about a bloodhound who loses her sense of smell but figures out how to track down criminals a different way.
This book is a graphic novel. I like the speech bubbles because you get to look at the pictures as you’re reading it. It has four different stories that the dogs are telling. As each story begins, an announcer introduces the storyteller as if they were on stage. There are also little bits in between the stories. My favorite one is where the insects are talking about how they want to tell their stories, and one is going to tell Little Miss Muffet because he is the spider from the story. This book is funny in several places. In the bloodhound story, she says she goes to a dog named Sherlick’s home (instead of Sherlock Holmes), and she wonders why everyone is laughing. Whether you like funny, sad, or just plain weird, I’m sure you’ll like this book.
Dan Bar-el • Vicki Nerino, Illustrator