At The Zoo I See (Young Art series)

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Joshua Button and Robyn Wells, At the Zoo I See, Magabala Books, Feb 2017,  7pp.,  $9.99 (board book),  ISBN: 9781925360455

This sumptuous board book is gloriously illustrated with the kinds of animals children encounter in zoos. There are nine animals here, ranging from a ‘flying macaw’ to a ‘queenly cassowary’. Each animal has its appropriate or alliterative adjective, and each one is vividly coloured in ink and wash. This book is just long enough and short enough to be one of those books you can read often and return to with pleasure at bed time, morning tea time, breakfast or lunch. A great little book for sharing with children who are learning what a book is and what an experience with a book might be like.

This book is one of a series of board books produced by indigenous Australian artists. Joshua button is a Walmajarri man from Western Australia. Ideal for children from 1 day to 4 years.

Reviewed by Kevin Brophy

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