Author: Evelyn Beilenson
Illustrator: Anne Kennedy
Publisher: Peter Pauper Press
Sue and John decide to visit the Kalama Zoo on a warm sunny day. But when they arrive, they find a sign letting them know the zoo is closed today. Puzzled, they ask the zookeeper, Pete, what’s wrong. Pete explains that the animals are all sick, and then he details their illnesses to the kids.
As Pete explains each of their problems, cute illustrations demonstrate the animals in sad but humorous condition. The elephant has a cold in his nose, the floppy-eared bunny has an earache, and the monkey’s tail is broken. These and other ailments have put the animals out of commission, forcing the zoo to close. Finally, Sue and John return home, vowing to visit the animals when they’re feeling better. But maybe the animals have another idea in mind!
Told in rhyming verse, The Zoo is Closed Today! is a really fun and cute read. Kids will love it.
Reviewer: Alice Berger