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Author: Steve Metzger

Illustrator: John Abbott Nez

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Publisher: Tiger Tales, 2011

Material: hard cover

Summary: There's a musical clock at the Central Park Zoo. Milo the monkey watches the clock's animal musicians play every day. He wants to dance, too. So one day, he escape and climbed onto the clock. He had fun, but then he was hungry. How was he going to get down from the clock? This picture book explores curiosity, impulse, problem solving, and friendship.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 8 and Up

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 3.5

Age of Child: Read with a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter loved looking at the pages and all of the activity. She laughed at Milo, but also guessed what was going to happen.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a cute story. The rhyme is spot on and done VERY WELL. The illustrations are colorful and active enough to keep very young listeners busy while you read the text.

Pros: Great illustrations and one of kids' favorite animals combine in a sweet story to read again and again.

Cons: It's a quibble, but when describing the clock, the author talks about "the penguin banging his drum." Yet that is never depicted in any of the illustrations. My daughter looked everywhere for that - and I'm sure she's not the only one.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. If you have ever been (or are planning to go) to the Central Park Zoo. This is a buy.

If You Liked This Book, Try: GOOD NIGHT, GORILLA   NEW YORK, NEW YORK; The Big Apple from A to Z   GOIN' TO THE ZOO / VAMOS AL ZOOLOGICO (Mandy and Andy)

Educational Themes: The Delacorte Clock really exists. Bring the clock to life by watching a on YouTube to see the clock in action.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2015

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