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
For the fanciest girl around, the outdoors are out of this world! Fancy Nancy and her best friend, Bree, set out to explore the fascinating world of wildflowers, trees, leaves, birds, and, of course, butterflies in their exclusively glamorous Explorers' Club. With recipes for pinecone bird feeders and extra-fancy lemonade, an official club bird, and an exclusive map of the territory, Fancy Nancy is one Explorer Extraordinaire!
Take a look at Nancy's very own enlightening discoveries and find out just how fancy the outdoors can be!
For the fanciest girl around, the outdoors are out of this world Fancy Nancy and her best friend, Bree, set out to explore the fascinating world of wildflowers, trees, leaves, birds, and, of course, butterflies in their exclusively glamorous Explorers' Club. With recipes for pinecone bird feeders and extra-fancy lemonade, an official club bird, and an exclusive map of the territory, Fancy Nancy is one Explorer Extraordinaire
Take a look at Nancy's very own enlightening discoveries and find out just how fancy the outdoors can be
"Everything in this book is scientifically accurate. That's a fancy way of saying it's all true."
About the Author
Jane O'Connor is the author of more than thirty books for children, including Nina
, Nina Ballerina
, illustrated by DyAnne DiSalvo, and the Fancy Nancy picture book series. Ms. O'Connor lives with her family in ever-posh New York City.
Desde la publicacion de Nancy la Elegante, el closet de Jane OConnor cuenta con tantas boas, coronas y atuendos brillantes que a veces sus amigas no la reconocen por la calle. Aun reside (esa es una palabra elegante para decir que vive) en la ciudad de Nueva York con su familia y su companero canino, Arrow.
Robin Preiss Glasser, a former professional ballet dancer, has illustrated more than fifty children's picture books, including the New York Times bestselling Fancy Nancy series, written by Jane O'Connor. Robin lives in San Juan Capistrano, California, with her husband, Bob. She has two grown children, Sasha and Ben.