Never play music right next to the zoo

by Lithgow, John, 1945-

Format: Print Book 2013
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Summary
This lively and lyrical jaunt from actor and author John Lithgow comes with a CD of his celebrated song!

Oh, children! Remember! Whatever you may do,
Never play music right next to the zoo.
They'll burst from their cages, each beast and each bird,
Desperate to play all the music they've heard.

A concert gets out of hand when the animals at the neighboring zoo storm the stage and play the instruments themselves in this hilarious picture book based on one of John Lithgow's best-loved tunes. This package includes a CD of John and an orchestra performing the song!
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Actor, musician, and author Lithgow (I Got Two Dogs, 2008) offers here another humorous children's song in picture-book form. A boy reluctantly accompanies his family to an open-air concert held in a bandstand next to the zoo. Bored with the music, the boy drifts off to sleep, where he dreams the animals escape their cages and take over for the musicians. He is confused that the audience doesn't react to these strange events, but he finally settles in to enjoy the concert, only to be awakened by his sister telling him it's time to go home. Hernandez's vibrantly hued digital artwork captures the zaniness of the text; she portrays tutu-clad hippos tooting tubas along with trumpeting lions and raccoon flautists. The illustrations also serve as a low-key introduction to orchestra instruments, and young listeners will enjoy identifying the animals with their musical devices. A CD of Lithgow performing this song (unavailable for review) is included, making this a particularly good story hour choice, especially for Lithgow's many fans. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Lithgow's sideline as a kids' book author is no lark. His past bestsellerdom indicates that this book will be on plenty of radars.--Weisman, Kay Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "After a boy falls asleep at an outdoor concert near the zoo, mayhem erupts: "All at once the conductor erupted with rage!/ A band of wild animals was storming the stage!" Lithgow (I Got Two Dogs) describes the chaos in high-spirited verse (which he also sings on an accompanying CD): "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 surprisingly musical mammal." The premise has lots of comedic potential, and Hernandez (Dog Gone!) delivers: a flautist fends off a bear and two raccoons with her music stand and, later, a blue tutu-wearing hippo blasts the tuba "by the light of the silvery moon." Readers get an incidental introduction to various instruments, but light nonsense is this book's raison d'etre. Although some rhymes feel padded or extraneous (immediately after the concert, the animals "each reminisced, so grateful and glad,/ so full of contentment and pride"), it's a frisky addition to the author's oeuvre of musical picture books. Ages 2-6. Author's agent: Lark Productions. Illustrator's agent: Rachel Orr, Prospect Agency. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Children's songs, English -- United States -- Texts.
Concerts -- Songs and music.
Orchestra -- Songs and music.
Music -- Songs and music.
Zoo animals -- Songs and music.
Songs.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,2013
Contributors Hernandez, Leeza, illustrator.
Audience Ages 2-6.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
ISBN 9781442467439 (hardcover)
1442467436 (hardcover)
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