Zoola Palooza: A Book of Homographs
The all-animal touring concert group Zoola Palooza has come to town. With a motley crew of animals playing a variety of instruments, homographs abound (homographs are words that are spelled the same but sound different and have different meanings). Billy the striped BASS opens the show wearing a big BOW tie. He gives a gracious BOW from the top of his BASS fiddle.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Although this one is not as engaging as the earlier Dear Deer, it certainly contains wonderful puns and a quick run through several homographs, homonyms, and homophones. The idea of a huge outdoor concert with all of these strangely-named performers [Carter Piller, Carmen Chameleon, Florence Welk, Hedda Hip-Hopper, and Seals & Crawfish]was a bit contrived, but it also allowed the author to play around with words such as close/close, present/present, record/record, and wind/wind. The watercol...more
Nov 04, 2011 Hannah*Inky* rated it 5 of 5 stars
Gene Barretta has some of the cutest picture books ever. My family loves his books, from Dear Deer to Ben Franklin. I feel like such a dork when I'm a fan of picture books, but this one totally rules it. A book worth reading with kids, or just for plain fun!
Gene Barretta is the author and illustrator of Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin and Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci. He is also author and illustrator of Dear Deer, which was a Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts and listed on the Parenting Magazine Mom-Tested Books of the Year List. He holds a B.F.A. in Film Studies from New York University, and h...moreMore about Gene Barretta...