My Dad at the Zoo

My Dad at the Zoo


Written by Coralie Saudo
Illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo
Translated from French by Claudia Zoe Bedrick and Kris Di Giacomo

A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of 2017

The long-awaited follow up to My Dad Is Big and StrongBut…, My Dad at the Zoo is another tale of role reversal in which Dad reverts to the unsocialized, wild ways of childhood. Probably tired from all of his wearying antics around bedtime, here Dad heads off to the zoo with his son and goes completely zany.

ISBN: 978-1-59270-190-2
5.5" (W) x 12" (H) • 32 pages • HCJ

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A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of 2017

★ "A tongue-in-cheek masterpiece echoing most parents’ outings with small children." ―STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews

"The responsibility role reversal is just as funny this time around as Di Giacomo gleefully reflects Dad’s inexhaustible energy and his son’s growing weariness in scraggly charcoal lines and washes of muted color." ―Publishers Weekly

What a charming book! This is a story of role reversal with an energetic father who gets up on Sunday mornings raring to go to the zoo. He wakes up his sleepy son and ‘does the galloping camel’ all the way. Dad hates to wait in line, squirming, bouncing, and trying to cut the line. Once inside, the son has all he can do to keep up with his rambunctious dad. He plays with all the animals…until he disappears. Finally he is discovered in front of the ice cream vendor, throwing a tantrum because he wants an ice cream. Son, like many good parents, realizes he needs to find a way to distract Dad and says there is an escaping porcupine. The two give chase, until they come across Dad's favorite animal, the elephant. The father behaves like any excited child, barely under his son's control. This is a delightful topsy-turvy look at parenting and the joys of being a child. And the father's antics are very funny. His favorite elephant steals his hat (one of many he keeps on a coatrack in the background), and the son complains about how many hats his father has lost at the zoo. The text and the illustrations are playful and well done—the overall effect is greater than the sum of its parts. Expect this book to generate recognition of naughty-child behavior and perhaps a discussion about the roles parents must play. … This book is pure joy to read and should be a first purchase for most collections.” —Mary Hazelton, formerly at Warren & Waldoboro Elementary Schools, School Library Journal

"Invites self-reflection. [...] Musical prose." ―Edan Lepucki, The New York Times

“Kids will love the way Dad is wildly excited at the prospect of visiting the zoo, the mischief he gets up to while waiting in line for tickets (‘I have to pee!’ he yells, in a line that’s sure to tickle any young listener), and the fit he throws when his son says it’s too early for ice cream. Yes, in this book it’s the child who is the voice of reason, and Dad is the hyperactive goofball who ignores all the rules and almost gets his finger eaten by a piranha.” —Bernie Goedhart, Montreal Gazette

"This book like the first has a gorgeous sense of humor throughout. [...] The illustrations use subtle color and a cartoon style to create their own unique feel." ―Tasha Saecker, Waking Brain Cells


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