McBroom's Zoo

by Sid Fleischman

Other authorsKurt Werth (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1972



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Grosset & Dunlap (1972), 44 pages


The McBrooms start a zoo with the Desert Vamooser, Silver-Tailed Teakettler, Sidehill Gouger, and other rare animals dropped in the path of the passing tornado.

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LibraryThing member srgrammer
This is kind of a long story for little children, but a good read for older 2nd and 3rd grade children. A man and his family lose their farm to a tornado. They chase the tornado to try to get their crops back, but can't. On the way home, the two boys start finding allkinds of weird animals that
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were misplaced by the tornado. So instead of having a farm full of vegetables the family now has a farm full of weird animals to make their money. This is how it becomes McBrooms Zoo.
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LibraryThing member conuly
I had meant to get rid of some books at a book fair Saturday, but that didn't end up happening. I had meant to not bring home new books, but I'm weaker willed than I thought.

Sometimes picking up a book you've just skimmed through is a bad idea. You get it home and realize that it's full of stuff
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you'd rather not read to your kids, or it's just boring and tedious. Not so with this one!

It is a big long, and more suited for the older end of the 4 - 8 (or even older) range, but if they can sit through it's it's a great big whopper of a tale about how a tornado "sucks up" the McBroom farm, with all its tomatoes (they turn to ketchup, of course), and how for a while afterward the family gathers up all sorts of fanciful critters like a "hidebehind". Of course, it's all true! Don't you know McBroom would rather sit on a porcupine than tell a lie? (Of course he DOES sit on a porcupine at the end. LOL!)

Very funny, and I adore the illustrations. Definitely pick up this book. I intend to get more in the series!
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Sequoyah Book Award (Nominee — Children's — 1975)


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12 inches


044821444X / 9780448214443
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