The Zoo

Originally published in Korean, Suzy Lee‘s The Zoo charts the adventures of a little girl who gets bored of empty cages and sleeping animals, & instead chases a peacock to find a magical space where the animals are playing. Using intricate, witty illustrations in a book that is mostly wordless, Lee conveys the child’s changing mood through a Wizard of Oz transformation from black and white to color, using charcoal and colored pencil. Meanwhile, the parents realize that their little girl has vanished. They mount a search, only to find her sleeping on a bench, suggesting the adventures were just a dream. Or were they? Giggle factor: personally, I like the visual joke told in the endpapers of the gorilla and the hot pink shoe. Adult enjoyment: depends on how panicked you are by the notion of losing your child to a peacock. Illustrations: four jelly jars.


~ by kaychubbuck on June 24, 2010.

3 Responses to “The Zoo”

  1. See the limited preview on Google Books:

  2. For other reviews of Suzy Lee’s books on this blog, see The Wave:

  3. […] By the same author-illustrator as The Zoo, Suzy Lee‘s Wave is fantastic beach reading for children, or for children who just want to […]

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