Title: Dog Night at the Story Zoo | Author: Dan Bar-El (site) | Illustrator: Vicki Nerino (site) | Publisher: Tundra Books | Pub. Date: 2017-7-4 | Pages: 104 | ISBN13: 9781101918388 | Genre: Children’s Graphic Novels | Language: English | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Received a copy from the publisher for review consideration |
Dog Night at the Story Zoo
It’s Open Mic Night at the Story Zoo and the dogs are up to tell their tales in this hilarious graphic novel for young readers.
At the Story Zoo, you get to tell any story you want in front of the live audience, as long as it’s about you. And tonight is dog night. So sit back, relax, and let these dogs tell their tales. We’ve got some hilarious but quite touching stories from dogs of all kinds, including a bulldog who doesn’t want to be judged by his looks; a bloodhound who loses her power of scent and turns to a dog called Surelick Holmes for help; an energetic poodle who saves the day with her yapping; and a stray who takes fetching to a whole new level.
These stories will make you laugh, make you cry and maybe even make you howl at the moon. Whether you’re looking for smart, funny, sweet, sharp, silly or just plain fuzzy, The Story Zoo is going to be your new favorite haunt. – Goodreads
Dog Night at the Story Zoo Review
Dog Night at the Story Zoo was a family-read affair. All of us plopped down on the couch, the kiddo in the middle, and took turns reading out loud. We were all happy with what we had read. The three main stories told were very different from each other, and they were interspersed with asides from the audience. There were a few jokes included that will go over younger reader’s heads but are perfect to keep parents interested.
The mini-reviewer said that Dog Night at the Story Zoo was one of her favorite books that she had read in a while. She recommended everybody check it out. She loved the illustrations (more so than she liked some of the stories themselves). Her favorite story was The Storm Before the Calm, which was all about a yappy little poodle explaining why she was nervous all the time. It was the tail (heh-heh) of her finding humans that accepted her for the way she was. The story of the bloodhound who lost her sense of smell in the final story was a runner-up. She wanted me to make it quite clear that it was kind of a sad story, though.
Dog Night at the Story Zoo was generally a fun, easy to read affair. I personally wasn’t a big fan of the illustrations, this is one case where the kid’s opinion is definitely more important. However, regardless of the fact that it was a fairly good read, none of us have the urge to look up more from this author in the future. If your kids enjoy simple graphic novels and are not quite ready for the superhero stuff, Dog Night at the Story Zoo might be a great choice.