Sunday, December 29, 2013


Popular actor John Lithgow has won a host of young fans with his growing list of books for children.  Each is unique and a delight.  Lithgow’s imagination seems to know no bounds as he pens tales with such intriguing titles as “Marsupial Sue,” “The Runaway Pancake” and more.  Youngsters often see or hear the title and then can’t wait for the story.  “Never Play Music Right Next To The Zoo” is a case in point.  Where could the author possibly be going with this one?

Well, it’s a story about when he was young and went with his sister, mother and dad to an outdoor concert.  As it turned out the location of the bandshell turned out to be a bit of a problem because it was right next to the zoo.  Unbeknownst to them they were going to chaos and a one-of-a-kind concert.  The animals wanted to join in, storming the stage and choosing an instrument to play.  Youngsters will love discovering which animal chooses which instrument.  Can you imagine a hippo playing a tuba?  Merriment abounds!

Adding to the enjoyment is the rhyming text penned by Lithgow and the comical full-color, full-page illustrations by Leeza Hernandez.  Plus, and that plus is a large one - a cd is included with lyrics and vocals by Lithgow.  Can’t imagine a youngster who wouldn’t be delighted to receive “Never Play Music Right Next To The Zoo.”

- Gail Cooke

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