Zagazoo

Zagazoo

Book - 1998
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The postman brings George and Bella a delightful pink creature, who suddenly turns into a vulture, a warthog, a dragon, a hairy monster, and other destructive and annoying creatures.
Publisher: New York : Orchard Books, 1998
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780531301784
0531301788
Branch Call Number: CJ B
Characteristics: p. cm

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Tilda
Nov 18, 2010

George and Bella receive a lovely little creature named Zagazoo in the mail and all is well until he starts to undergo a series of alarming and baffling transformations. Zagazoo morphs from one destructive animal to another - first a screeching vulture, then a bumbling elephant, followed by a muddy warthog, and it goes on and on... George and Bella are aghast; "This is appalling... how can we cope?" and "This is dreadful... there's just no end to it."

"Zagazoo" provides a sparklingly humourous visual metaphor for all of the less-than-charming phases that children transition through on their way to adulthood. Quentin Blake's wonderful and immediately recognizable illustration style and his dry but lively writing are combined to great effect. There's also an absolutely dead-on, brilliant little twist at the end that no one ever sees coming. It's great.

Children will love the vivid energy of the story and illustrations and adults will appreciate the visual and textual sophistication and humour. This funny, knowing and gentle book manages to achieve a very universal charm. This truly is a book for readers of any age.

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