Graphic Novel Review: The Zoo Box

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Graphic Novel Review: The Zoo BoxThe Zoo Box by Ariel Cohn
Published by Macmillan on July 15th 2014
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 48
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When Erika and Patrick's parents leave them home alone for the night, they head straight to the attic to explore. When they open a mysterious box, hundreds of animals come pouring out! Soon the town is awash in more and more zoo animals, until Erika and Patrick discover that the tables have been turned... and the animals now run a zoo full of humans! With simple text and bright, graphic art, Ariel Cohn and Aron Neils Steinke have created a gentle, fantastical adventure for the very youngest of readers. The Zoo Box will be a terrific introduction to comics for both learning readers and their parents.

thoughtThe Zoo Box is a graphic novel that is more for elementary students and picture book format. I think my students would love this book, I loved the way that it flips roles of animals and humans in a zoo. What struck me at the beginning of the book is the way the siblings get along. At first I thought the older sister wouldn’t be so quick to play with her little brother, especially being the one in charge. That thought is probably due to my own experiences with an older sister who liked to boss around rather than play.

I loved the illustrations and the design of the characters and animals. The story moved at a good pace, slowly revealing that they were actually in a zoo for humans, rather than vice versa. I would love to read this book to my students and talk about perspective this year. My students are way into animals and our school is fairly close to our local zoo that most of them have visited.

Verdict:

A fun graphic novel for younger readers full of adventure and flipped perspective.

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