Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo [With CD (Audio)]


Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo [With CD (Audio)]
Author: John Lithgow
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781442467439
Pub Date: October 22, 2013
Copyright Date: 2013
Size:0.41″ H x 8.79″ L x 11.35″ W (1.05 lbs)
Format: Hardcover



SKU: 467439 Categories: ,



This lively and lyrical jaunt from actor and author John Lithgow comes with a CD of his celebrated song!

Oh, children! Remember! Whatever you may do,
Never play music right next to the zoo.
They’ll burst from their cages, each beast and each bird,
Desperate to play all the music they’ve heard.

A concert gets out of hand when the animals at the neighboring zoo storm the stage and play the instruments themselves in this hilarious picture book based on one of John Lithgow’s best-loved tunes. This package includes a CD of John and an orchestra performing the song!

Author info:
John Lithgow
 is the New York Times bestselling author of I Got Two DogsMahalia Mouse Goes to CollegeMarsupial Sue Presents: The Runaway PancakeI’m A ManateeMicawberMarsupial SueThe Remarkable Farkle McBride; and Carnival of the Animals. An award-winning actor, he has starred on stage, film, and television. He performs concerts across the country and has recorded the CDs Farkle and FriendsSingin’ in the Bathtub, and The Sunny Side of the Street. Visit John at

Contributor Bio:  Hernandez, Leeza
Leeza Hernandez, an award-winning illustrator and now children’s book author, hails from the south of England, but has been living in New Jersey since 1999. She works as an art director at a local magazine and in her spare time, creatively noodles with new ideas for books in her art studio. She loves to experiment with printmaking, pen and ink, digital collage, and painting.

Review Quotes:
The humorous verse is full of zoo creatures and instruments that children will likely want to learn more about. The digital artwork matches the tone and text perfectly. Children will be giggling at both the song and the illustrations, such as the one of a hippo playing a tuba. This would be a great storytime book.– “School Library Journal”
Review Quotes:
A particularly good story hour choice.– “Booklist”
Review Quotes:
Move over, Carnival of the Animals; here’s another snappy, yet lighter and younger, zoological fantasy to add to Lithgow’s repertoire. — “Kirkus Reviews”


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