Product Description Awards: Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories New Author Contest Illinois Reads Book Selection South Carolina Picture Book Award Nominee Have you ever wondered what happens at the zoo before the gates open? Foxes who steal keys, beavers who cook chili, hyenas who play the blues...when no one is looking, anything can happen! Readers won't believe the antics of these wacky animals, and they'll have a blast counting along with the simple text as they encounter each increasingly crazy creature. First-time illustrator Colin Jack's unique retro style paired with contest winner Lori Degman's enthusiastic words provide an entertaining peek inside the zaniest zoo around! From School Library Journal Kindergarten-Grade 1 By sneaking into the zoo before it opens, a young boy witnesses 1 fearless fox stealing the zookeeper's keys. Whimsical mayhem ensues as animals are freed from their cages. Hippos play musical chairs, beavers cook up chili for lunch, and leopards trade in their round spots for squares and triangles. All returns to normal, however, with one loud shout from the zookeeper, and the young boy is deposited back outside to wait in line. Degman's giggle-inducing rhymes move this read-aloud story along: 2 sporty zebras in goggles and flippers/were snipping the walrus's whiskers with clippers./One did the combing, the other the trimming./They swept up the clippings, then all four went swimming. Kids will enjoy hearing the catchy rhymes read multiple times. Digital cartoon images, made to appear like hand-drawn ink sketches, capture the swift movement and playful mood. Overall, this a fun romp through the zoo. Richelle Roth, Boone County Public Library, KY Copyright Â© Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Review "Degman's verse is bright--this text won the Cheerios New Author Contest--and animator Jack's digitally produced creatures, both animal and human, are pleasingly Bill Peet-esque. Crackling good fun."Â - Kirkus Reviews About the Author Lori Degman is a teacher of Deaf/Hard of Hearing students by day and a writer of picture books by night, weekend and school holiday. She lives in a northern suburb of Chicago with her husband, two dogs and two sons (when they come back to visit). She is the award-winning author of 1 ZANY ZOO (Cheerios New Author Contest; Illinois Reads Book List), COCK-A-DOODLE OOPS! (International Literacy Association Honor Book), and NORBERT'S BIG DREAM.