Fraidyzoo

Fraidyzoo

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Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
It’s a great day to go to the zoo! As her family hustles to get out the door, Little T lags behind. She’s afraid to go back to the zoo; the only trouble is, she can’t remember why. As an ingenious solution to help her remember, her mom, dad, and sister construct homemade costumes and act out zoo animals—in alphabetical order, no less! The costumes and scenes grow increasingly elaborate and breathtakingly creative. An umbrella and bubble wrap magically transform into a jellyfish, bath towels and a can of soda become a parrot, and many, many more. At the end of the day, Little T has conquered her fear and no longer feels like a “fraidyzoo.”
In this charming, witty picture book debut, Thyra Heder honors the bravery it takes to face your fears, and the loving people who help you do so.
 
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STARRED REVIEWS
"WARNING: Expect riotous buffoonery after reading this clever and original alphabet story, as kids will definitely want to “parrot” the examples."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Debut talent Heder comes up with a wildly imaginative idea for an alphabet book/animal guessing game, elaborates it with smartly drafted ink-and-watercolor spreads, and seasons it with plenty of family warmth and hullaballoo."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The cut-and-paste, handmade look and feel of this picture book underscores its thematic ode to creative problem solving... The charming, detailed watercolor and ink illustrations really tell the story, and children will relish poring over them to guess the animal costumes and identify their construction materials."
School Library Journal

"Heder tells a child-relevant story about facing your fears with a light hand and zippy prose, but it’s her art that dials the zippiness up to 11, as her warm and humorously realistic figures gallivant alongside some remarkably envisioned handcrafted animal puppets."
Booklist

"This book does the impossible, taking one of the oldest children’s book conventions, the zoo alphabet, and completely reinventing it.  It’s a story about a family helping one of their own overcome fear by being utterly silly and completely loving.  The whole thing is done with such a confident and lively style, it’s hard to believe that this is Heder’s first picture book. Fraidyzoo is funny, original, and announces Heder as a force to be reckoned with."
The Atlantic Wire

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Illustrations capture the empathy of a very concerned, loving, and creative family."
Library Media Connection

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Baker & Taylor
Little T remembers that she was frightened the last time her family visited the zoo but is not sure why, so her creative family helps by imitating animals from A to Z until she recalls exactly what caused her fear. A first picture book.

Baker
& Taylor

Little T remembers that she was frightened last time her family visited the zoo but not why, so her creative family helps by imitating animals from A to Z until she recalls exactly what caused her fear.

Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2013.
ISBN: 9781419707766
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm.

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ChristchurchKids Jan 29, 2014

It's the perfect day for the zoo, but Little T is afraid… she just can't remember why. Luckily, her parents and big sister are smart, determined, and not ashamed to be silly! Using props from around the house, they act out an A-Z series of animals to see which one scares Little T. The illustrations (like the costumes they depict) have a whimsical, handmade feel, and readers will dissolve into giggles as T's dad dons a tutu and several pink Post-Its for his flamingo impression, or T's sister crafts a jellyfish out of bubble wrap, streamers, and an umbrella. For more imaginative play, check out Antoinette Portis' Not a Box.
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