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Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo    by John Lithgow & Leeza Hernandez order for
Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo
by John Lithgow
Order:  USA  Can
Simon & Schuster, 2013 (2013)
Hardcover, e-Book
*   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Musical mayhem results when an outdoor concert inspires the animals at a nearby zoo to join in the fun. The critters break out of their compounds and storm the nearby stage where they show their prowess with the various instruments.

'The monkeys played fiddle, the bison played bass, the percussions were manned by the camel. The yak played the sax until red in the face a surprising musical mammal.'

Frankly, the rhymed text is a bit forced at times and the narrative's premise that this is all just a little boy's dream is a bit odd too. But, on the plus side, the illustrations are so much fun that children in the two to five year old age group the book is aimed at probably won't mind Lithgow's weak attempt at humor.

The book comes with a CD of the author/actor reading the story.

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