Tillie & Clementine: Zoo Switcheroo
By Dan Killeen
ISBN 978-0-9898474-2-1 Published Dec 2014 Dist. thru Ingram
Picture book, 48 pages, soft cover, ages 4-8
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Tillie and Clementine go with their parents to have fun exploring the zoo. They happen to be there on the same day a daddy gorilla and his baby daughter sneak out to do the same thing. Clemmie and the baby gorilla wind up accidentally riding piggy back on the wrong dad! How did this crazy zoo switcheroo happen, and how will it get fixed?
This richly illustrated, whimsical tale shows how parents and kids, whether gorilla or human, can be easily distracted with perilous yet funny consequences. Until near the end, no one in the story is aware of the monumental mix up that has occurred. Young readers therefore have a privileged perspective as they know something the characters in the book do not.
Expressive, humorous illustrations entice kids to read and reread Tillie & Clementine stories, and in the process youngsters may broaden their reading skills. These books do contain the occasional challenging word, but kids can derive the meaning from context clues in the nearby words and artwork.