In The Lion by James Foley

“In the city there is a zoo. In the zoo there is a lion. In the lion there is a… dentist [!!!]” So as not to spoil the story, it suffices to say that cumulative stories are almost always a hit with kids since it’s a clever way of building narrative momentum, as well as anticipation for what’s coming next — particularly when they are as fun and well done as this one. 

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Pssst! by Adam Rex

For one little girl, a trip to the zoo turns out more ‘interactive’ than planned when, one by one, the animals approach her to procure various oddjects for them (yes, the animals can talk and they are pretty persuasive too!).

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Penguins by Liz Pichon

The penguins in the zoo are having an ordinary day — doing what penguins do with people gawking at them — when they find something that was dropped into the enclosure (it’s not sealed). The curious penguins soon discover that it’s a camera and have some fun with it before putting it back where they found it. The camera is eventually reunited with its owner, a little girl, who gets a pleasant surprise when the roll of film is developed.

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