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If All the Animals Came Inside    by Eric Pinder & Marc Brown order for
If All the Animals Came Inside
by Eric Pinder
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Little, Brown & Co., 2012 (2012)

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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

In If All the Animals Came Inside, Eric Pinder gives us the kind of rollicking, rambunctious picture book that kids love, enhanced by Marc Brown's wild and woolly illustrations.

It opens: 'If all the animals came inside, / my brother would cry. My sister would hide. / The doggy would bark. The kitten would hiss. / My parents would make funny faces - like this!'

The child goes on to speculate what fun he would have on 'an elephant ride'; playing hide-and-seek with monkeys and hippo; snacking with 'the skunk and the panda and even the yak'; racing the giraffe with the ostrich; bathing with the octopus; and so on.

All the way through the refrain is a variation on 'The walls would tremble. The windows would shake. / Oh, what a terrible mess we would make!' But when the animals take over all the toys, the TV and the bed, it's too much and the children leave the animals to the house 'and go play on the lawn.'

If All the Animals Came Inside is an engaging exercise of the imagination that will appeal to rebels of all ages - highly recommended.

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