There’s a lot to do before the first performance. Musical numbers have to be rehearsed (for example, the rabbits belt out, “If you’re hoppy and you know it, clap your paws,” and even the usually quiet and shy giraffes croon, “It’s a tall world, after all…”). Then the posters, costumes, and scenery have to be crafted. When word gets out about the ZooZical, the residents of Springfield flock to the zoo to see the show. Bears prancing on tightropes, flamingos preening on the flying trapeze, snakes performing as live hula hoops, and ten barking seals rolling on to the stage in a bus, singing—what else?—“The seals on the bus go round and round” are just some of the amazing acts. Brown’s folk-art-inspired illustrations depict creatures of all stripes having a great time—leaping, dancing, singing, and swinging. His exuberant, cheerful artwork is the perfect complement to Sierra’s playful rhyming text: “It was one of those time that you hope never ends,/ When penguins and pandas and pythons are friends,/ When tigers don’t bite, when the doldrums take flight,/ On a magical, musical ZooZical night.”
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Between the two of them, Judy Sierra and Marc Brown have authored and/or illustrated many popular picture books. What have you read and would recommend?
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