What is it?
Elmo Goes to the Zoo – pop up book
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What are the special features?
- Features the much loveable Elmo & his best friend Zoe on a trip to the zoo
- Handy toddler size at 18cm x 12.5cm
- Brightly coloured illustrations
The book starts off with Elmo and Zoe at the entrance of the zoo, with Elmo’s parents in the background waving goodbye. Elmo and Zoe go on to see monkeys, lions and sea lions.
There was a statement at the back of the book that says “Recommended for children 36 months +” but I think that younger children would enjoy the little book too, provided that parents read it aloud to them. Being a pop-up book, the book has 4 pages and shows only several animals, which definitely, does not cover even 10% of real animals at a zoo.
But then again, this book shows the perspective and excitement of a child when visiting a zoo. Try to look at it from a child’s eyes – the delight and wonder at seeing real, live animals that before this, can only be seen on TV, having a favourite animal that holds a special place in your heart and watching a live animal show.
I have to admit, of all the Sesame Street characters, Elmo is a popular favourite for many children (including myself, a child at heart). Kermit Love, who is one of the designer of the Muppets and Sesame Street together with Jim Henson, said it simply, “Elmo is popular because Elmo is red.” I think that could be one of the reasons, along with Elmo’s perpetually happy face, his unique voice and his reference to himself in the third person (he says “Elmo loves the zoo” instead of “I love the zoo”).
You can read more about Elmo here.
What I like about it
Elmo is the major star of the book – I think people would be a little bit reluctant to pick up this book if it’s Ernie and Bert going to the zoo. My kids don’t watch Sesame Street, but they definitely know Elmo by sight, along with the blue Cookie Monster. Even with the bright colours of the illustrations, red little Elmo still stands out from the crowd.
What I don’t like about it
Like I mentioned previously, the book only has 4 pages in total, which is so short, you would finish reading it in less than 2 minutes. Granted, you can point out the animals, colours and other things in one page, but you’d still finish it in about 5 minutes. It’d be nice to have more pages, say about 10, but that would definitely drive up the price of the book.
It’s a very simple book, but Elmo’s fans would definitely love it. Buy it if you’re Elmo’s fan.