Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Midnight At The Zoo

Midnight At The Zoo

By Faye Hanson 
Published by Templar Publishing

Ever wondered what happens at a zoo when all the visitors have gone home for the day? Midnight At The Zoo might just have the answer...

Max and Mia are very excited about their school trip to the zoo. They trundle like elephants to the car, cling like monkeys as they say goodbye to mum, nibble like lemurs on the bus to the zoo and hide like scaredy meerkats at the back of the queue going in. When they get in to the zoo not much is happening; the zebra is asleep, the lions are hiding and they can't even see a monkey. Max and Mia make the best of it after all - finding traces of animal life here and there. But whilst all their exploring is going on, two meerkats take their place on the school bus back and Max and Mia get left behind! And as the clock strikes midnight something magical happens, the zoo suddenly bursts into life and the animals put on a show like no other. 

I adore Faye's illustrations, they have a dreamy magical feel to them and really come to life when night falls on the zoo and the animals come out to play. Thus is an endearing tale about a brother and sister who have big imaginations and are more shy than the other children in their class (and often overlooked by their teacher). The book is bursting with detail and I adore Faye's character design throughout. And no book about a zoo would be complete without a map, and in this case Faye has illustrated two! One for the day visitors and one especially for the goings on at night!

A magical read for young and old alike, Midnight At The Zoo is full of beautiful illustrations and a heart warming story to boot! It's available to buy now at all good bookshops and online at the Templar website.

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