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Saturday, June 2, 2012

My Review of Out and About At the Zoo by Jo Linsdell

Jo Linsdell has been a guest on here. She is the author of two wedding planning books and now she has written a delightful picture book called Out and About At the Zoo.

For any who came here expecting to read the review yesterday, I apologize. My husband's health problems have been overtaking my days. Yesterday we ran around here and there and really I had good intentions of doing it, but unfortunately it didn't happen. You know, if you have been following that he had a bad infection all through his body, but it settled finally back in his toe and leg. Now with the constant antibiotics he has been getting the infection is going away!! YAY!! However, as with his Achilles tendon problem, he has to have a wound vac. So it cuts down on his mobility a bit. Plus he is weak anyway from not using his legs very much. Everything takes twice as long to happen. This makes me very tired. So there is my excuse for not doing it yesterday when it was scheduled.

Before I give my review, here are a few things about the book and the author, Jo Linsdell.

Rhyming text and colourful pictures accompany this fun day out discovering different animals at the zoo.
About the author:
Jo Linsdell is a freelance writer, author and illustrator. Originally from the UK, she now lives in Rome, Italy with her husband and their two young sons.

My Review
I have always been told that if you are going to write a rhyming picture book you had better make sure the entire thing rhymes. An author named Verla Kay has many picture books written only in rhyme. Her rhymes are excellent and I use her as a standard for good rhyming. She would enjoy this book!

Jo Linsdell has written a picture book with pictures that are so adorable you want to hug each animal in the book. Both the pictures and the text bring a child's wonder and excitement during a day at the zoo to the reader. The illustrations leap off the page and the animals are so inviting. Each one has a smile and the text tells children what each one does. I think this would be a great bedtime story for any child or a good introduction to a day at the zoo. As a primary teacher, I recommend this highly for a beginning reader. After a few readings the child will be able to read many of the words. 

I give this book 5 lions: 

Author website:
Release Date: 1st June 2012
Product details:
ISBN/EAN13: 1477446591 / 9781477446591
Page Count: 32
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Language: English
Colour: Full Colour with Bleed
Related Categories: Juvenile Fiction / Stories in Verse
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Contact details:

My thanks to Jo Linsdell for visiting and for sharing her excellent book with me.

Until the next time, I hope you have a great weekend and pick up a copy of this excellent book!!


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