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    Zoo (Paperback) Illustrated by Anthony Browne, By (author) Anthony Browne

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    DescriptionDad, mum and two brothers spend a day at the zoo, looking at the animals in the cages - or is it the animals that are looking at them?


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    Title
    Zoo
    Authors and contributors
    Illustrated by Anthony Browne, By (author) Anthony Browne
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 32
    Width: 227 mm
    Height: 297 mm
    Thickness: 4 mm
    Weight: 205 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099219019
    ISBN 10: 0099219018
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: EY, PIB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y1.3
    BIC subject category V2: YBC
    DC20: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: YFB
    BIC reading level and special interest qualifier V2: 5AF
    BIC children’s book marketing category: B3M79
    Libri: B-131
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 12000
    DC22: E
    Ingram Subject Code: CI
    BIC subject category V2: 5AF
    BISAC V2.8: JUV013000
    Thema V1.0: YFB, YBC
    Illustrations note
    1
    Publisher
    Random House Children's Publishers UK
    Imprint name
    RED FOX
    Publication date
    21 April 1999
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    ANTHONY BROWNE is the acclaimed author and illustrator of such prize-winning bestsellers as GORILLA (winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Kurt Maschler Award), WILLY THE WIMP and ZOO (winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal). Anthony Browne's first picture book for Doubleday was published last year to great acclaim. VOICES IN THE PARK won the 1998 Kurt Maschler Award and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Anthony was also the winner of the 2000 Hans Christan Andersen Award for Illustration.
    Review text
    From the author of Piggybook (1986), another powerful exploration of the family scene with a similar family of four: massive, boorish Dad, riding roughshod over everyone; quiet little Mum, a pained but helpless observer; the narrator and his younger brother, endlessly squabbling instead of looking at the caged animals they've come to see. The surreal touches here are minimal - the odd reptilian foot on a child or an animal head above a pin-striped suit suggest that humans, too, are animals - but the extraordinary visual emphases are telling: a faraway elephant is blocked by a rail; a rhino is dwarfed by his glass-and-concrete enclosure; and while Dad looms, huge and belligerent, the gorilla he resembles looks back with a sad, far more intelligent gaze, and Mum and the quarreling boys are seen through bars, as if caged. The simple, childlike narration rings painfully true; the one note of hope is a query suggesting that the zoo visit has aroused curiosity, if not sensitivity: "Do you think animals have dreams?" It's a bleak portrait: these boys, as trapped in their family as the animals are in the zoo, are well on their way to growing up to be just like Dad. As usual, Browne's elegant, sharply satirical art is exquisitely designed and painted. A provocative look at the darker side of family dynamics. (Kirkus Reviews)