Rex, Adam

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The animals at the zoo have some unusual requests for a little girl who goes to visit.

Publisher: Orlando :, Harcourt,, [2007], ©2007
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0152058176
Branch Call Number: FICTION Rex
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm


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Apr 24, 2014
  • CRRL_CraigGraziano rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Pssst!" is what a young girl at the zoo hears as she walks by each animal enclosure. They all want her to bring them increasingly outrageous and seemingly random items.

Sure, the gorilla's swing is broken, so a new tire does not seem that out of the question. And maybe bicycle helmets would be a good investment for a slipping sloth. But the turkeys don't want to eat the corn they ask for— they want to turn it into ethanol. Our young heroine is going to have a hard time meeting all of these demands.

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Sep 29, 2013
  • forbesrachel rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

While roaming the zoo, a little girl gets stopped by various animals with requests. By combining graphic novel elements within a picture book format, each conversion happens quickly, while at the same time establishing a pattern. With each additional animal, the girl becomes slightly more annoyed at the predictability. The story is far from predictable though, as their requests, which start out reasonable enough, become odder and odder, and finally culminate in an unexpected way.

The titular Pssst! is given special attention, being repeated over and over and written in different ways. The fonts vary depending on the animal, in one example an icy type is chosen to hint at the coming penguins. Aside from these, the only other things that are fully coloured are the characters, and the objects they ask for. It is as if the absurd nature of events is being set apart from reality. This is taken a step further when the artist uses photos for the objects rather than having them drawn. Unlike how the colour successfully achieves this effect, the realistic nature of the photos only pulls the reader out of the story. The clashing nature of the photos against the solid colour backgrounds, and it's drawn characters lacks cohesion.

Readers are in for a surprise once these animals reveal their creative efforts, and the little girl, well, she tries to get on with her life.

Apr 17, 2012
  • YogiMumma rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My 5 y/o loves spooky tales and Adam Rex writes alot of these for the youngsters. There isn't one he hasn't liked yet! My 7 y/o will not read them as they have some spook to them and the pictures are too graphic for him.

Jan 10, 2012
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Some really clever signage in the background details if you look closely


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