“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

The Great ZOO Hullabaloo

Written by: Mark Carthew

Illustrated by:  Anil Tortop

Published by: New Frontier Publishing Pty ltd, Australia 2017

Ages:   3 – 6 years

Theme: animals, music, mystery

Opening Lines: When Jess and Jack opened the gates to the Zoo, it was strangely deserted. Nobody said BOO!

Synopsis: (From back of book) When Jess and Jack opened the gates to the Zoo, it was strangely quiet and deserted. Can Jess and jack discover the mystery of the missing animals?

Why I like this: This magical picture book by award-winning author Mark Carthew, brought to life by Anil Tortop’s illustrations, evokes the spirit of adventure in enchanting rhyme. It turns out the animals would rather play instruments and celebrate the birth of a new kangaroo than spend time in the zoo. The simplicity of the story in matter-of-fact, sing-song rhyme will certainly appeal to young children. While characters seem cartoonish the beautiful illustrations including a couple of birds-eye-views give readers eye appeal in rich colours. A must for both school and home it will open up discussions about animals and music.

Resources/Findings: Book trailer….     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJ5xXNMWUDY

Mark Carthew has a great website here dedicated to this book with some illustrations, Study Notes, Activities and more. …     http://www.markcarthew.com.au/teachers/The_Great_Zoo_Hullabaloo_Teachers_Notes.pdf

Here is a Youtube piece from Anil Tortop….       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsUidqVDaeE

A reading of the book by the author Mark is scheduled for July 6th at the Melbourne Zoo. See info here….   http://www.markcarthew.com.au/   and if you can’t go you can download a poster from this website.

I’m always pleased to be able to bring you some more special books that have come my way and be able to share them with you and join other great writers over at Susanna’s Blog, where there are literally hundreds of book reviews to view.  So pop over  and visit the lovely author, Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books.    Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with books reviewed by many authors

About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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14 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

  1. Joanna says:

    Anil was one of the very first illustrators I interviewed. Great to see her work highlighted here.

  2. Great pick! This sounds like a nice book! 🙂

  3. What a clever idea for a picture book. Kids will have a great time guessing. Beautiful illustrations!

  4. I am looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for featuring it.

  5. Yay! Another book that’s new-to-me to check out. This one sounds fun!

  6. Christine says:

    This looks like a lot of fun! Thank you for sharing.

  7. Mark Carthew says:

    Thanks Diane. We sure had some fun making this one. Glad you like it!
    Cheers, Mark Carthew

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