Review and Giveaway: Celebrate National Zoo Keeper Week!

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Peter Pauper Press invites you to join them in celebrating National Zoo Keeper Week, July 20-26, with two special books that celebrate zoos as well as zoo keepers and their dedication to animal care, conservation and education.  Your little ones are sure to go “wild” over these books and they are great companions to your summer outing to your local zoo!

The Zoo is Closed Today written by Evelyn Beilenson, illustrated by Anne Kennedy

It was a warm sunny day
with not much to do.
So Sue and John walked
to the Kalamazoo.

But when John and Sue arrive at the zoo, they are in for a big surprise! What is wrong with all of the animals? From Edward the elephant to Marcel the monkey, the animals have tummy aches and toothaches, runny noses and sore throats. Pete the zookeeper can barely keep up with taking care of them and has to close the zoo. And the next day, John and Sue are in for an even bigger surprise! This charming tale, illustrated with humor and warmth, demonstrates the value of sweet friendship.

This new book was just released this June, but the illustrations so remind me of books that I grew up with and the story itself is so fun.

At The Zoo Scratch & Sketch: An Art Activity Book for Animal Lovers by Lee Nemmers, illustrated by Martha Day Zschock

This fun and easy Trace-Along art activity book allows budding artists (5 and up) to use the wooden drawing tool enclosed to trace the white outlines of favorite animals on black-coated scratch art pages. Kids will be delighted to see lions, tigers, bears, seals, and more come alive in swirls of colors and glittery foil!


They can also use the sketch pages in the back to draw their own pictures of favorite animals.

At the Zoo Scratch & Sketch Art Activity Book includes a wooden stylus for drawing on black-coated paper to reveal glittering, gleaming colors beneath, wire-o-bound hardcover binding and 20 scratch off, 20 illustrated and 20 sketch pages.

As we plan on gifting this book to a special little boy we know who LOVES animals, I don’t have an actual picture of what the pages look like when the glitter/colors are revealed but you can see a bit of the ‘glimmer’ that is underneath in this penguin from where it was slightly scratched off from when it was assembled.

I remember my daughter had a few books like this when she was younger though, and she had so much fun scratching the books with the wooden tool to make designs on the paper and revealing what was underneath.

On behalf of Peter Pauper Press, I am pleased to offer a wonderful giveaway just right for celebrating National Zoo Keeper Week!  The giveaway consists of one copy of The Zoo is Closed Today and one copy of At The Zoo Scratch & Sketch:  An Art Activity Book for Animal Lovers (ARV $32).

21 thoughts on “Review and Giveaway: Celebrate National Zoo Keeper Week!

  1. My two little ones would enjoy this! Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  2. My daughter would love these books. She loves the zoo and loves to draw.


  3. I think both my three year old son and my six year old daughter will enjoy the books.

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