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The Way to the Zoo    by John Burningham order for
Way to the Zoo
by John Burningham
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2015 (2015)
Hardcover, Softcover
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

When Sylvie, the little girl featured in this picture book, finds a mysterious door in her bedroom at bedtime, she decides to see what's behind it. What she discovers is a long passageway that leads to the zoo.

The little girl decides to ask a little bear if he wants to go back to her bedroom for a sleepover. Of course he agrees and, thus, Sylvie begins a number of nocturnal trips to the zoo to bring back other animals.

One night she brings back some penguins and they splash in the bathtub but make a big mess. Then a monkey comes along but because he steals things, the nimble-fingered monkey is sent packing.

This continues until one day the little girl forgets to close her magic door tightly when she goes off to school. When she gets home Sylvie is in for a big surprise. The zoo animals have taken over the living room and now there's a big mess to clean up before her mother gets home.

Featuring John Burningham's expressive artwork, this fantasy is a lot of fun and what child won't love to have zoo animals for housemates?

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