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McBroom's Zoo (Adventures of McBroom)

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The McBrooms start a zoo with the Sidehill Gouger, Desert Vamooser, Silver-tailed Teakettler, and other rare animals left behind by a passing tornado.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Little Brown and Company (first published January 1st 1972)
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Rena Sherwood
I was given a copy of this when I was young enough to believe that there were actually critters like this in America (I learned to read when I was 4. Yes, really. I started not having a life at an early age.) As I got older, I began to enjoy the quirkiness of the book, both in it's prose and it's pictures. For example, here are the end cover pages (I think.)


Moral of the story: When life hands you lemons, start a zoo. But not with lemons as the creatures in the zoo. Because that would be silly.
Courtney Umlauf
Growing up, we had a copy of McBroom's Ghost that my Mom would read aloud to us, using the appropriate Southern twang. I loved it. It had never occurred to me there might be more in the same series, but then I happened upon this at an antique store and I had to buy it. It's not quite as entertaining as McBroom's Ghost, but it's written in the same tall tale style and features the same family of gingers on their farm with miraculous top soil that will grow absolutely anything, even gardening tool ...more
Jul 21, 2007 Dan rated it really liked it
Shelves: laughs, kids
What I learned from this book:

An unusual meteorological method for preparing ketchup.

Proper pasturage for the Wrong-Legged Sidehill Gouger.

The strange habits of the Great Hairy Prairie Thirteen-Toed Hidebehind.

Apr 25, 2010 Connie rated it really liked it
I had meant to get rid of some books at a book fair Saturday, but that didn't end up happening. I had meant to not bring home new books, but I'm weaker willed than I thought.

Sometimes picking up a book you've just skimmed through is a bad idea. You get it home and realize that it's full of stuff you'd rather not read to your kids, or it's just boring and tedious. Not so with this one!

It is a big long, and more suited for the older end of the 4 - 8 (or even older) range, but if they can sit throu
Joel  Werley
Sep 08, 2014 Joel Werley rated it it was amazing
I'm avoiding putting children's books into my "Read books" (because anything that can be read in 10 minutes shouldn't count towards my grand total in my mind, as if anyone else is checking my stats...), despite the memories of those books being as essential as any literature I've read in my adult years.

However, I've decided that my 3 favorite picture books (excepting obvious classics like "Where the Wild Things Are" that don't need any further recommendations) from my tyke days are too worthy t
Paul  Hankins
Mr. McBroom spins a tale quicker than the twister he claims took the best topsoil, tomatoes, onions, and vinegar from his farm leaving behind a red-trail across the American plain dropping off exotic animals in its path.

A little longer than a traditional picture book which invites a longer read aloud.

Fleischman's tale here reads like Dr. Seuss meets Pecos Bill. This one could make for an interesting companion to OUT OF THE DUST or CHILDREN OF THE DUST BOWL, or as a stand-alone title which woul
Nicole Van Iwaarden
Jan 18, 2014 Nicole Van Iwaarden rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
The book is about the McBroom family whose tomato farm is ruined by a tornado. They then end up finding a bunch of unique animals in the ruin left from the tornado, which then allows them to make a zoo of special animals until they get back on their feet. By using the father, Josh McBroom, as a narrator, the book allows for children to connect with the family and feel like they are being told the story first hand. Moreover, like Dr. Seuss, the book included made up creatures, which can be used t ...more
Sep 21, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it
If you and/or your kids enjoy Roald Dahl, you'll love Sid Fleischman. All the McBroom books have been enjoyed by our whole family. They are full of tall tales and very funny.
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Jan 01, 2015 Ben Smith rated it really liked it
This was one of my favorites as a child. I remember imaging what sorts of amazing creatures I'd have in my own fantastical zoo.
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As a children's book author Sid Fleischman felt a special obligation to his readers. "The books we enjoy as children stay with us forever -- they have a special impact. Paragraph after paragraph and page after page, the author must deliver his or her best work." With almost 60 books to his credit, some of which have been made into motion pictures, Sid Fleischman can be assured that his work will m ...more
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