FICTION

Zanzibar

Gecko Pr. Sept. 2019. 72p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781776572557.
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Gr 1-3–When Achille LeBlab, a reporter/lizard who works at the local newspaper, stops by Zanzibar’s house looking for an incredible story, the crow questions if there is anything that makes him truly special. He makes fantastic omelets, but that just isn’t incredible enough for Achille. Then Zanzibar has an idea: he will go to the desert and lift a camel with just a single wing. Along the way, Zanzibar makes some new friends and realizes that the fame of being in the newspaper may not be as important as he once thought. Valckx’s story, which is translated from French, is a tale about finding oneself while trying to achieve goals. Two-tone orange and black illustrations throughout are reminiscent of those found in Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows or Arnold Lobel’s “Frog and Toad” books. While the book is short and at a general level that is perfect for young readers, some of the vocabulary is complex and may need to be read with adult assistance.
VERDICT A sweet and quick read. Purchase to enhance most collections

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