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The Zoo Box

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  219 ratings  ·  73 reviews
When Erika and Patrick's parents leave them home alone for the night, they head straight to the attic to explore. When they open a mysterious box, hundreds of animals come pouring out! Soon the town is awash in more and more zoo animals, until Erika and Patrick discover that the tables have been turned... and the animals now run a zoo full of humans! 

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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by First Second
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I know this is for beginning readers and children under 7, but I don't think that means the art has to look like it was done in 5 minutes. I really didn't like the art. But that's just me. I'm sure others appreciate it.

This is a Zumanji take. Kids find a hat box while the parents are away and they open it releasing all kinds of animals. . This is short, quick and it's an ok story. I'm sure a younger person would really enjoy this. It's just outside my enjoyment zone.

There's always more out ther
First Second Books
Aug 13, 2014 marked it as first-second-publications
We love publishing comics for kids who are just beginning to read on their own, and this book is perfect for that!

With really simple panels, THE ZOO BOX tells a fun and delightful and colorful story about two kids who accidentally open a box and let out a zoo that takes over the world! This is particularly worrying because people don't seem to have that great of a place in this world . . . they're what the animals keep in the zoo!

David Schaafsma
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gn-children
The colorful early readers graphic novel, not illustrated children's book, about two kids left home for the evening on the promise that if they are good, they will be able to go to the zoo tomorrow. Leaving behind this no babysitter issue for the moment. . . the kids, maybe 4 and 8, go up into the attic and open a "Do Not Open" box and release a million wild animals, reminiscent in a way of Sendak. Okay, it's not artistically like Sendak, nor as edgy or dark, but still, it does have that Where t ...more
Aug 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Thank you Goodreads for sending me this book.

What do you do when you go into a dusty attic and find a box marked
"Do not open"? Why, you open it of course! Which is exactly what Erika and Patrick did when they were left alone in the house. Out spring hundreds of animals. What a good thing the children were wearing their animal suits at the time! This is a great 'what if' story with colourful illustrations. It will appeal to the reluctant reader, you just have to find out what happens. Love the v
Dani Shuping
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Erika and Patrick’s parents are off for an evening fun, and if the kids behave they’ll get to go to the zoo tomorrow! First though, Erika and Patrick decide to have a bit of fun dressing up in animals costumes and exploring the attic. And what to their wandering and playful eyes appear? But a box that says “do not open” which tempts them to draw ever closer. And upon opening the box, that says “do not open” an entire menagerie of animals appears! They follow the animals and to a zoo, where they ...more
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: joanne

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he book is exactly as stated above: Erika and Patrick’s parents leave them home alone while they go out for the evening. The two children decide to explore in the attic, and discover a box that allows animals out and running off, much in a Jumanji style. However, they follow the animals and find they are all going to a zoo; and the children, dressed in pajamas that look like animals, enter and discover that the zoo is p
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing

This story tells a fun and interesting story about two children named Erika and Patrick. Erika and Patrick's parent leave them alone at home, then the two children go to the attic to see what's there. They found a "Do Not Open" box, but they opened it. Suddenly, there are many, many animals release from the box. The two children now found themselves within an odd situation because now the roles are switched. The animals now who are the visitors to the zoo full of humans.

The simple text is easily
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Graphic Novel
Two children left alone by their parents are told to behave so they can visit the zoo the next day. The children make the choice to open a box marked “do not open” and find themselves visiting a zoo where humans are on display, complete with a human skeleton.

Happy children kiss their parents good-bye at the beginning of the book, frightened children staring at the ceiling perhaps hoping to never visit the zoo, again, end this child friendly horror story. Young readers will find thi
Roxanne Garcia
Genre: Fantasy
Target Audience: Elementary - 2nd-3rd grade
Text-to-Self: This book is about two kids who get left home alone and get into stuff that they aren't supposed to. They open a box that unleashes all of these animals and they end up going to a human zoo. This reminds me of times I have gone to the zoo and have seen animals locked up in cages. Sometimes it makes me sad because they know they are an exhibit and have people constantly coming up to them staring at them, tapping on the glass,
Jul 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ya-kid-lit
Like a kinder, gentler version of Jumanji, Erika and Patrick open a box clearly labeled "Do Not Open." By doing so, they let the cat out of the bag, They also let out a kangaroo, a penguin, a giraffe - you get the picture. But then, what did their parents expect when they left the kids alone in the house where they could get the key to the attic and find the box? In a zany reversal of roles, the kids follow all these creatures to the zoo and find that the animals are buying tickets to ...more
Emmaline MacBeath
Erika is left in charge of her brother Patrick for her parent's night out. They go to the attic to play with animal costumes and later find a box under their bunkbeds that says "do not open" which of course they do. One animal after another comes out of the box. The animals stampede out of the house. The kids follow the animals to an unusual zoo where the animals watch humans rather than the other way around. The kids who are dressed as animals blend in until a guard notices they are humans. The ...more
Marina Barajas
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Young Erika and her younger brother, Patrick, are about to spend a night home alone. As their night begins, they decide to play dress-up in the attic, when a mysterious box, labeled "DO NOT OPEN," is found. Being young Patrick assumes that the box can be a birthday present that he will be receiving, or perhaps a forgotten toy. The siblings enthusiastically open the box, when a menagerie of animals break free. As the story continues, Erika and Patrick find themselves with in an odd situation wher ...more
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Huge thank you to First Second Books for this ARC!

I loved The Zoo Box. I think what I adored the most about this story is how imaginative it is -- you open a box and suddenly there's a zoo in your house, or how about the reality you once thought was real, may have been in fact... different? Erika and Patrick discover that humans are in fact, the animals on display at a "human zoo." It may sound a touch creepy at first, but this book approaches this idea in a very genuine way -- what do animals r
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Zoo Box is a graphic novel that is more for elementary students and picture book format. I think my students would love this book, I loved the way that it flips roles of animals and humans in a zoo. What struck me at the beginning of the book is the way the siblings get along. At first I thought the older sister wouldn’t be so quick to play with her little brother, especially being the one in charge. That thought is probably due to my own experiences with an older sister who liked to boss ar ...more
Gabriela Amador
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Genre: Fantasy Graphic Novel

Target Audience: Intermediate (3rd-6th)

Text to Self: I could relate this to my life by how I Know if instances that I have disobeyed by parents but they never end up knowing I did. It might sound a little bad, but its funny to reminisce about. :)

Text to Text: I can put a finger on the a book/movie I have read where the character roles switch. For example, in this book, when they go to a zoo the animals are the ones spectating and the humans are the exhibits. I want t
Countless times I have visited the zoo and the thought has occurred to me that it would be really weird if things were reversed and the animals were studying us. This fun graphic novel uses easy-to-read text and fun illustrations to tell the story of a brother and sister who find themselves in a topsy turvy world where the zoo has humans on display. Left alone for the evening, Erika and Patrick are playing in the attic and find a mysterious box. Ignoring the DO NOT OPEN label, they take off the ...more
Karen S.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story features a brother & sister playing in an attic when they run across a box with the tag, "DO NOT OPEN". Curiosity gets the best of them and the box is opened and out comes a menagerie of animals. At first, the release is exciting while the animals lead the children to a zoo but the fantasy turns when the children realize the zoo cages are meant for humans and they have escaped their cage. A pursuit follows to capture the children and put them in their rightful place. This book is a ...more
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This creative, magical book is written in comic format. Young readers can relate to this book, feeling mischievous as their parents leave them at home to behave. As the young brother and sister partake in an imaginative adventure together, you find yourself laughing at the irony and reversed roles of humans and animals. This book lends itself to creativity, the power of imagination, bravery, and a bit of suspense. I can see young readers laughing in surprise and predicting how this humorous stor ...more
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: l-graphic-novels
1. Oregon Book Awards
2. PreK - 2nd Grade
3. This is a story about two young children who find a Zoo Box in their attic. They open the box and they are in an parallel world where animals act like humans, and people are in the zoo.
4. I loved this book! I really enjoyed the illustrations. This book was also an easy read and a page turner.
5. I would use this book in my classroom to help spark creativity when writing. This would be a great to incorporate "comic book writing."
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting concept. Two children find a box that says “do not open.” They, of course, open it and, jumanji style, zoo animals are released. They lead them to the zoo where we find out humans are in cages and the animals are the spectators. A little twilight zone reminiscent. I enjoyed the story but I feel like it might be either too creepy or too over-the-head for the intended audience.
Nicholas Ethridge
Graphic Novel
Well to start off, this graphic novel is odd. For one thing it looks like a regular book but once you open the pages you can tell that it is a graphic novel. The page layout resembles a comic book and each panel uses cartoony word bubbles for each character. Story wise this graphic novel is even weirder, the story focuses on a brother and sister who are left alone for a night while their parents go on a date. The siblings make their way up into their locked attic and start messing a
Payton Hiscok
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
In this graphic novel, siblings Erika and Patrick are home alone when they find a strange box in the attic. When they open it a plethora of animals start walking out! The children follow the heard of beasts to a zoo, however this is no ordinary zoo, for here, it is humans in the exhibits and animals paying to spectate.
Meant for young readers, due to its simple and scarce text, this creative story pushes the boundaries of children's imagination through its clever twist. Each page holds four vibr
The Zoo Box is a fun romp that'll have kids wondering, "What if?"

The book itself is a cross between a picture book and a children's graphic novel -- the only text is in speech bubbles, and most of the pages are quad-frame, with a few full-page illustrations.

As a grown-up, there were a few elements that had me scratching my head. (view spoiler)
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Erika and Patrick's parents leave them home alone one night and they decide to play dress-up in the attic. Patrick finds a magic box under one of the beds in the attic and it unleashes a whole slew of animals. They follow the animals out of the house and down to the zoo. This zoo seems different, the animals are ticket sellers, security guards and concession stand workers. Then they realize this isn't an ordinary zoo where humans come to see animals, it's a zoo where animals come to see humans. ...more
Gabrielle Rullamas
Whats the worst that could happen when your parents leaving you home a lone with your sibling and you open a box that say do not open! Well that something to find out when you read the Zoo Box. Erika and Patrick do just that and find them selves in a world that is very similar to their own but something just isn't right. The layout of the book is like a comic book, each page having have four panels and speech bubbles. I found the layout of the book interesting because when looking at it you woul ...more
A brother and sister are left to their own devices when their parents go out. They venture up to the attic for some dress-up. Thankfully they put old animal costumes on because when they open up a mysterious box they can fit right in with the craziness that emerges. The question is, will everything be back to normal before the parents get home? And will they still want to go to the zoo the next day? This is a humorous graphic novel that will appeal to lower elementary school kids. The text is fa ...more
Reminiscent of Chris Van Allsburg's Jumanji, this picture book shows what happens when two youngsters open a box in the attic while their parents are out of the house. One by one, several animals emerge from the box and head off into the night. Because the children are wearing costumes, they are able to blend right in. They follow the animals to the zoo where humans are the ones that are on display. Sure to provide a cautionary lesson to readers about opening things that warn them not to do so, ...more
This was a cute little story - and a great way to introduce young readers to graphic novels! Patrick and Erika were left home alone when they decide to go play dress up in the attic. There they find a box labelled "do not open" - which of course they do! Wild animals escape (and here, I especially loved the diversity and number of animals they included! This is a great way to teach children animals, too) and the children follow them to the zoo - but instead of animals in the cages, there are hum ...more
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.

I loved this book and I know kids will too! The children want to go to the zoo tomorrow and while their parents are gone they decide to go into the attic and pretend. But then they find a magical box that says "Do not open". When they open it tons of animals jump out! Then animals run to the zoo. But in this zoo the animals are the visitors and the people are in cages! Written and illustrated in comic style, I think this one will be popular wit
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