Mitford at the Hollywood Zoo by Donald Robertson

       Mitford at the Hollywood Zoo by Donald Robertson, Viking Press, 9780451475435, 2017

Format: Hardcover Picture book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or starred review)  4

What did you like about the book? Mitford is a fashion conscious giraffe who works for Cover Magazine. His editor sends him to Hollywood to help stars get ready for the Academy Zoowards and the fun begins. All the celebrities in the book are named after actual celebrities, but with an animal twist to their names. There is Meryl Sheep, Brad Pitbull and Angelina Collie. The drawings are whimsical and the humor is all tongue in cheek. Mitford solves one fashion crisis after another and finally returns home to become the fashion editor of Cover Magazine!

Anything you didn’t like about it? This is a picture book and will be shelved with picture books, however the humor is way above young children’s level. I don’t think older children will ever read it unless they have a younger sibling who borrows it from a library.

To whom would you recommend this book?  The cover of the book says the book is for all ages, but it would be for older children who can understand the humor and for adults.

Who should buy this book? Public school libraries

Where would you shelve it ? picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher,

Washington, D.C.

Date of review: April 10, 2017


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