Synopses & Reviews
Itand#8217;s a great day to go to the zoo! As her family hustles to get out the door, Little T lags behind. Sheand#8217;s afraid to go back to the zoo; the only trouble is, she canand#8217;t remember why. As an ingenious solution to help her remember, her mom, dad, and sister construct homemade costumes and act out zoo animalsand#151;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 and#147;fraidyzoo.and#8221;
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. and#160;
Praise for Fraidyzoo
"WARNING: Expect riotous buffoonery after reading this clever and original alphabet story, as kids will definitely want to and#147;parrotand#8221; the examples."
and#151;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."
and#151;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."
and#151;School Library Journal
"Heder tells a child-relevant story about facing your fears with a light hand and zippy prose, but itand#8217;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."
"This book does the impossible, taking one of the oldest childrenand#8217;s book conventions, the zoo alphabet, and completely reinventing it.and#160; Itand#8217;s a story about a family helping one of their own overcome fear by being utterly silly and completely loving.and#160; The whole thing is done with such a confident and lively style, itand#8217;s hard to believe that this is Hederand#8217;s first picture book. Fraidyzoo is funny, original, and announces Heder as a force to be reckoned with."
and#151;The Atlantic Wire
"Illustrations capture the empathy of a very concerned, loving, and creative family."
and#151;Library Media Connection
2014 Texas 2x2 Reading Award List
Notable Children's Books from ALSC 2014
"Zuckerman's striking animal photographs are put to excellent use in this book part abecedarian, part guessing game. Each letter is given two spreads. The first shows the letter in upper and lower case next to an animal; the second reveals the animal's name and offers a different view of the creature. Some touches are especially clever: a kangaroo and a lion seem to stare at each other during an interlude between K and L, and while the rest of the book features stark white backgrounds, the letter N is shown against black a page turn uncovers a group of nocturnal animals. All ages. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS
This is a first choice for libraries, and it should be a welcome suggestion to parents seeking ideas for holiday shopping.
What makes this ABC book stand out are the photos: they're positively eye candy.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
...[S]umptuous...Zuckerman connects with his subjects to an uncanny degree.
Eye candy that makes learning one's ABCs pure pleasure.
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
The power behind this thick, square alphabet book lies in the breathtaking photography....Based on photographs from Zuckerman's adult coffee table book Creature, this playful trip through the alphabet and nature will be visually inspiring for young children.
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL'S A FUSE #8 PRODUCTION BLOG
A book to remind you what photography's really all about All things considered Creature ABC is perhaps one of the most beautifully photographed ABC books I've ever seen A jaw-dropping affair.
Zuckerman's striking animal photographs are put to excellent use in this book...
LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION
One can only envision the poetry and writing that would be encouraged by these amazing photographs.
Children will marvel at the portraits....the large format will make for fantastic lap-sit sessions.
This deluxe alphabet book features Zuckerman's breathtaking wildlife photography. From alligator to zebra, each featured animal boasts two striking portraits against a clean white background, offering a unique up-close view of the animal kingdom. Full color.
An elegant addition to any library, this deluxe alphabet book features 120 pages of Andrew Zuckerman's breathtaking wildlife photography. From alligator to zebra, each featured animal boasts two striking studio portraits against a clean white background, offering a unique up-close view of the animal kingdom. Readers can flip to a helpful glossary in the back for extra information. From the sleek beauty of a smiling hippo to the powerful majesty of a roaring lion, this gorgeous new book is both a stunning work of art and a ferociously fun way for young animal-lovers to learn their ABCs.
About the Author
is a Brooklyn-based illustrator and storyboard artist whose clients include Vogue
, Johnnie Walker, Coca-Cola, Bonnaroo, Kenneth Cole, Nikon, FX Network, PBS, Killer Films, and many more. She graduated from Brown University in 2006 with a degree in art semiotics. This is her first picture book.