Pssst! by Adam Rex

A little girl goes to the zoo one day and is called over to each of the animal enclosures (by their inhabitants) and asked to acquire certain things. The gorilla wants some new tires (his tire swing is broken), the bats want some flashlights (for their friend the hippopotamus, who doesn’t like the dark), etc. etc. Everyone has a (mostly) reasonable explanation for the thing(s) they want. The baboon hands over a sack of coins (collected by the peacock from the zoo’s fountain) to pay for it all, and the little girl goes shopping across the street at the “Microcosmart,” which has everything. What do the animals actually use all of the items for? You’ll want to read this to find out. Funny, with lots of hidden stuff in the pictures (bears rereading to make sure you haven’t missed anything the first time through!). * * * * STARS Reviewed by Karin Thogersen, Young Adult Librarian

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