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Mc Broom'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.
Published January 1st 1982 by Little Brown and Company (first published January 1st 1972)
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Jul 21, 2007 Dan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: kids, laughs
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.

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...more
Nicole Van Iwaarden
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
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...more
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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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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