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What's New? The Zoo!: A Zippy History of Zoos

Written by Kathleen Krull

Illustrated by Marcellus Hall

With friendly facts, funny pictures, and animals galore,What's New? The Zoo! is history to roar for!

For nearly five thousand years, human beings have kept, studied, and learned from animals. Now, award-winning author Kathleen Krull and acclaimed illustrator Marcellus Hall take readers on a vibrant global tour of zoos and zoo history, from the menageries of kings and queens in the ancient world, to the first public zoos in the Victorian age, to the modern facilities that work to save the lives of creatures great and small.

With smart science, appealing history, fascinating animals, and a whole lot of fun, only one thing could be better - a trip to the zoo itself!

Reviews and Awards

A Bank Street College Center for Children's Literature Best Book of the Year, Outstanding Merit

 ⋆“The author describes the many reasons for building zoos - to study and classify the animal kingdom, connect humans with nature, and awe visitors - in a lighthearted way. The full-color ink and watercolor illustrations are rendered in a sketchy, elastic, cartoon style and feature a wonderful multicultural cast and playful moments for sharp-eyed readers to spot. This thoroughly researched title cites sources that include books and websites, making it ideal for browsing purposes or for school reports.” - School Library Journal, starred review

"Kids of all ages will be left craving a trip to the zoo." - Publishers Weekly

"Krull’s fast-paced survey offers a different animal collection on nearly every page…. Lively and often humorous… Hall’s watercolor-and-ink illustrations, familiar to readers of the New Yorker and other magazines for adults, work equally well for a child audience. His fluidly drawn animals have amusing, slightly goofy expressions, the people are remarkably varied, and the settings include recognizable elements from historical times and places. Varying from vignettes to double-page spreads, these images add greatly to the overall appeal. A romp through zoo history presented with pizzazz." - Kirkus reviews

“The broad, warm, ink-and-watercolor paintings are peppered with comic detail (note the iconic blue NYC Greek-key coffee cup on Aristotle’s table)…. Curious children will enjoy such an investigative celebration.” - Booklist


Purchase Options
Indiebound • Amazon • Barnes & Noble

Summer 2014
Non-fiction Picture Book
ISBN: 978-0-545-13571-9
Price: $17.99/$19.99
Trim Size: 9" x 11"
Page Count: 40
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes

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