A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Chomp! Zoo teaches children to recognize different wild animals and what they do with their mouths (which are emphasized in the illustrations). Kids will learn what sounds elephants and sea lions make, what a panda eats, and more.
Similar grins on all of the animals give kids the feeling that zoo animals are happy and friendly.
Violence & Scariness
Most of the creatures in the illustrations in Chomp! Zoo have the same big grin with the same large teeth. Though the animals have very happy faces, some kids could be a little scared of the page that says "Tiger chomps."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Heather Brown's Chomp! Zoo shows young children friendly, detailed, stylized illustrations of zoo animals, along with a couple of words about what each animal does ("Elephant trumpets," "Panda munches," etc.). This book is short and simple in structure; some words are above easy-reader level (particularly "komodo dragon"), but most will be instantly recognizable to readers of any level because of the illustrations. Very young children will learn to recognize different animals and what they do with their mouths (the sounds they make, what they eat). In most of the illustrations, the creatures have surprisingly large teeth -- some kids could be alarmed by the "Tiger chomps" page.
Is It Any Good?
The detailed, somewhat realistic illustrations in Chomp! Zoo, combined with the repetition of uniformly large, wavy rows of teeth, creates an arresting visual style. Kids will certainly remember these pictures, and will learn to identify the animals and what they do and say. This picture book makes a nice change from the cuteness of typical children's illustrations; these pictures will make youngsters notice the different colors and textures of the animals' hides or fur, and may inspire young artists to see and draw animals in new ways.
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