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One Night in the Zoo
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About the Author

Judith Kerr OBE was born in Berlin. Her family left Germany in 1933 to escape the rising Nazi party, and came to England. She studied at the Central School of Art and later worked as a scriptwriter for the BBC.

Judith married the celebrated screenwriter Nigel Kneale in 1954. She left the BBC to look after their two children, who inspired her first picture book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Published in 1968 and never out of print in the fifty years since, it has become a much-loved classic and perennial bestseller.

Judith celebrated her 95th birthday in 2018, was awarded the Booktrust Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, and continues to write and illustrate children's books from her home in London.

Reviews

Praise for One Night in the Zoo:

"Lovely... uses soothing, pastel illustrations and exotic animals to make basic counting seem unintimidating." Daily Telegraph

Praise for Twinkles, Arthur and Puss':
`A very engaging take on feline behaviour' The Bookseller

Praise for `The Tiger Who Came To Tea':
`Near perfection of form is embellished by clear, expressive illustrations. The pace is exactly right, the resolution totally satisfying.' Dorothy Butler, Babies Need Books.

`A modern classic.' The Independent.

`This book has enduring charm and young children will delight in the preposterous notion of a tiger creating mayhem in the house.' Junior Magazine

"Lovely... uses soothing, pastel illustrations and exotic animals to make basic counting seem unintimidating." Daily Telegraph

"An inspired counting book'" The Times

"Kerr's soft illustrations provide plenty of details to spot, while the parade of animals teaches counting skills."
Junior magazine

"Judith Kerr: If Carlsberg made grannies..." Headline for feature in The Independent

Praise for `Mog the Forgetful Cat':

`Grandparents are likely to get as much fun out of seeing it again as the new generation of fans just learning to read!' Choice Magazine

Praise for `Goodbye Mog':

`Kerr's warmth, humour and honesty make this an engaging introduction to a difficult topic.' Financial Times

`Believable, amusing and moving.' Nursery World

`A supremely sensitive story.' The Times

PreS-K-Children can count from 1 to 10 by viewing the antics of zoo animals. The author uses a multitude of words that rhyme with zoo (flew, kangaroo, gnu, stew) to describe the secret nighttime activities of these familiar creatures. However, this constant rhyme begins to sound silly and tedious. "Four bears cooked a squid and squidgeberry stew/Which turned five flamingos/from pink to blue." The culminating spread shows all of the animals grouped by their respective number for a final counting exercise. Pale pastel-colored pencil artwork looks washed out despite the action-filled poses. The text font is large, and words are simple enough for beginning readers. This is merely supplemental to the many outstanding counting books that are currently available.--Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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