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It’s a great day to go to the zoo! As her family hustles to get out the door, Little T lags behind. She’s afraid to go back to the zoo; the only trouble is, she can’t remember why. As an ingenious solution to help her remember, her mom, dad, and sister construct homemade costumes and act out zoo animals—in alphabetical order, no less! The costumes and scenes grow increasin ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Harry N. Abrams
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Dani - Perspective of a Writer
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A girl is afraid to go back to the zoo so her sister and parent act out different animals that could possibly be the culprit. When none of them are scary they decide to go to the zoo the next day.

The illustrations are so beautiful in this book. From the close up of the scared girl's face to the intricate rhino costume the family makes and wears. They truly are works of art and they capture the love this family has for each other and
This is the best children's book I have read in a very long time, and considering our "over 50 books a week" "the librarians know all our names" I think that is saying something.

The family in this book is the family I am trying to create. They changed their plan because the youngest got spooked, but DIDN'T just drop the subject. Nope, they spent a day trying to figure it out, using real things that congregate in homes with children. It's real. And beautifully done. Will be purchasing.
Kimberly [Come Hither Books]
Great illustrations and a clever story. Little T is afraid to go to the zoo, but she can't remember why. Her family helps her out - by making costumes to act out zoo animals and help her remember. Then, they can overcome her fears together.

The costumes are fantastically elaborate. The illustrations are great fun to explore, figuring out not only what animal they're dressed up as, but also what it's made out of and how it's held together. The whole family gets involved: mom, dad, sister, and even
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So fun! The illustrations bring this story up to another level entirely. Make sure you spend some time looking at them all - including the illustrations on the endpages. The clues are there for the sharp-eyed reader who pays attention to detail.
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book borders on overly TWEE. An adorable, creative family that helps their youngest member remember what she's afraid of at the zoo. Pretty sure the parents are set designers for The Lion King. Appealing to different age levels.
Rebecca Honeycutt
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Smart and goofy and joyfully creative. A cut above the average alphabet book.
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rebecca by: Erin
So much fun! I'm glad I read a review telling me it was an alphabet book, because I didn't even realize what with all the homemade costumes and twist ending. Great dramatic play tie-in.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: andy, 2017
My 4.5 year old and I loved it. Brilliantly illustrated. Very clever way of depicting the animals and my daughter had a good time guessing as well as learning about the animals that she did not know. She also thought the ending was absolutely hilarious and I loved how the end pictures were so well done that accompanying explanation was not needed. Would read again!
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVED it! Little T is really afraid of going to the zoo. So her family spends the day trying to get to the bottom of the issue, with fun and silly results.

Sara Parry
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved the illustrations. Laugh out loud funny.
Amy Vana
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crf
FraidyZoo by Thyra Heder received the 2014 Texas Reading Award and is a Notable children’s book from ALSC in 2014. This text came highly recommended by the school librarian.

The charming text is about a family planning a trip to the zoo but little T is reluctant to go. Little T cannot remember what from the families last visit to the zoo scared her. To help ease the stress and uncover the terrifying animal her the family uses household items to creatively recreate potentially scary animals from t
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
It’s the perfect day to go to the zoo and the whole family is excited. Well, maybe not the whole family. Little T certainly is not, in fact she is frightened of the zoo. But she can’t remember what in the zoo scares her. So her family set out to find out what might be scaring her. They start out at the beginning of the alphabet and acting out the animals. It’s not alligator, bat or camel. As they go on, the costumes they use become more and more elaborate and they all help act them out with plen ...more
Cathy Mealey
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
What would you do, if you were afraid of the zoo? If you weren’t sure why, then what would you do? This is an inventive, alphabetized romp through the efforts of a highly creative family trying to help the youngest member get over her fears about visiting the zoo.

Kids will giggle and roar at the clever ink and watercolor illustrations that depict a menagerie from A to Z constructed from ordinary household items. Silly Dad adorns himself with a pink tutu, pink socks, and pink sticky notes to ques
Jacinda Castro
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A family is planning to go to the zoo one day when the youngest daughter suddenly says that she is afraid of going to the zoo, and says she doesn't remember why. So, to help her conquer her unknown fear, her family begins to make and dress up as different animals that could be found at the zoo, and all the while Little T, the younger sibling, begins to laugh at her family's antics and begins to enjoy also dressing up as the animals with her family. This helps her realize that there was nothing t ...more
Amanda Castle
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
By: Thyra Heder

Summary: In the book Fraidyzoo by Thyra Heder, It talks about two sisters that are going to go spend the day at the zoo with their parents. The older sister is SO excited! She can barely contain her excitement at the beginning of the story. However, the little sister is very scared of the zoo. She doesn’t want to go at all. So, her parents and her sister goes through thinking about all the thinks the little sister could be afraid of at the zoo. The author does this is a v
Chelle Harbin
This book is about a girl named Little T. who is afraid to go to the zoo. The only problem is, she can‘t remember
why she is afraid! Her family acts out animals from the zoo, A all the way to Z. but Little T knows that that's not
what she's afraid of. She musters up all her courage and heads to the Zoo, only to find out the thing she's
most scared of is the ticket lady! This book is a great book to use for a unit of fear, and I love that none of the
elements are those that are traditionally scary or
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was comical and cute. It makes a great read aloud as it has lots of fun text and illustrations to accompany it. I liked the bright illustrations and the variety of text font sizes and shapes that animate the story and give the story life. The family in the story is full of energy and they look to be having fun as they try to help their daughter who is afraid of going to the zoo. The family to planning a trip to the zoo but their daughter does not want to go as there is someth ...more
Jordan Schwab
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved the ending of this book! It was SO cute! The story is about a family who is trying to go to the zoo, yet one of the children is afraid. The family tries to figure out what exactly the girl is scared of until she realizes she's not really afraid of anything. The ending is by far the best part!

The first thing about this book that grabbed my attention was the title. It wasn't a real word and with how people today make up words left and right, I just had to read it. After I got pa
Diane Hall
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is such a great picture book. It tells the story of Little T, who is afraid to go back to the zoo - but she can't remember why. Her family tries to figure out which animal she may have been afraid of by dressing up like various animals. The illustrations go through the alphabet, showing rather than telling each animal. The illustrations start simply: the dad makes alligator jaws with his arms and a camel body is made with a blanket thrown over three people (the socks are shoved in between t ...more
While her family prepares for an outing to the zoo, Little T is anxious about going. Her supportive family dresses up to emulate the animals that might have frightened her on an earlier visit, but she simply can't remember. After the family arrives at their destination, she is confronted by the surprising reason for her fears. Readers will smile at her wonderful family as depicted in those movement-filled watercolor and ink illustrations and at what scares her. In the end her fears do make a lot ...more
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"What if someone is afraid of going to the zoo." Though her family plans a zoo outing, Little T is afraid to go. She's just not sure what she's afraid of. So, her family acts out the different animals that might bring fear to a little girl. When they get all the way through the alphabet and still haven't found anything fearful, Little T agrees to go to the zoo. But when they get there, there's a surprise waiting!

Such an unusual picture book. The illustrations are filled with great imagination. I
What an awesome family! This is a wonderfully fun read. I loved how the family all worked together to help the girl with her fear and the creative ways they built representations of each animal were fabulous and giggle inducing. Its a great portrayal of a family spending time together working on a constructive and imagination building activity together without electronics or distractions. I also enjoyed the way you were given the opportunity to figure out which animal they were portraying as you ...more
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-kid-lit
It's a perfect day to go to the zoo, but what if Little T is afraid of the zoo? Not to worry - her family won't leave the house until they have figured out what she is afraid of. So they begin asking her about various animals she might see at the zoo (and even some that are extinct or imaginary), but she is not afraid of any of them. The lengths her family goes to are hilarious and imaginative - I think the cardboard box rhino might be my favorite. And the surprise when they finally reach the zo ...more
Jan 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
Little T is afraid to go to the zoo, although her hyper big sister is rarin' to go. Their parents decide they aren't going until they can figure out what Little T is afraid of, so the whole family pretends to be different animals to scare Little T - which only makes her giggle. Now she really wants to go and when they get there, both she and her sister (and her sister more so) are terrified by the apparent drag queen* at the ticket booth. Cute, but a lesson to those of us who work with children ...more
Amy Forrester
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Unlike the rest of her family, Little T is not excited to go to the zoo. She can’t remember why, so her family begins an A-to-Z guessing game of make-believe to figure it out. After thinking about all the animals in the zoo, from alligator to zebra, camel to xantis, Little T decides she’s not afraid of the zoo at all. The energetic and understanding family in this book demonstrate the power of play and imagination as they create zoo animals from household items. With a funny twist of an ending, ...more
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
There are so many layers of fun to this book! The illustrations are fabulous and the story is quite creative. One morning a young girl wakes up and declares it the perfect day to go to the zoo. When her sibling, Little T, is reluctant, the entire family spends the whole day trying to determine what the problem is. The go to some extremes to recreate possibly frightening zoo encounters. Their attempts are also a somewhat subtle alphabetical list of zoo wildlife. The reader can have fun trying to ...more
Jacquelin Devlin
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fraidy Zoo is one of those “wish-I-had-written-it” picture books that appeals to children of all ages. Little T is afraid of the zoo, but forgets why. Her family tries to jog her memory by dressing up as various zoo animals, which does not begin to describe this riotous animal alphabet game of charades. Their costumes, though made of common household objects such as bubble wrap, cardboard, and soda cans become increasingly elaborate and inventive, all part of the fun that could easily make young ...more
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture_book, humor
What if there was a kid who was afraid to go to the zoo? Mom, Dad, and sister spend the book dressing up as each animal that they might see in the zoo, referring to each animal only by the first letter in their name, trying to find out which creature scares the little girl so much. (and wait until the surprise twist at the end, it had me laughing, definitely understand her fear now!)

This would be a great book to read together with your child on your lap. That way you can both try go guess what a
Melissa Mcavoy
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A younger sibling (gender not defined) remembers he is afraid to go to the zoo, but doesn't remember why. His parents and sister enthusiastically create impromptu costumes that represent animals he might fear. As the costumes become more elaborate, and the silliness ratchets up, two things happen: the reader realizes the costumes are in alphabetic order, and the family demonstrates how much fun supporting and exploring potential fears can be. On the eventual zoo trip a twist ending provides even ...more
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kathryn
Darling book. A family is going to the zoo but the youngest daughter is afraid of something. The family dresses up in costumes to find out what she is scared of. Finally, after spending the whole day dressing up, the family decides that they will go to the zoo the next day...only to find out what she and her sister are REALLY afraid of. The illustrations really make this story! And I love the final page. Such a great family ...great example of using imagination, working together to overcome fear ...more
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