Children's Book Review: What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo by Grace Millsaps and Ryan Murphy

Rhinos rock out. Alligators stroll under limbo polls. Elephants pound the piano. Pelicans cater.

Ever wonder why the animals at the zoo are always so sleepy? What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo will answer your questions once and for all.

When Renee asks her father why the zoo animals are snoozing all day, he dreams up an elaborate answer. At night, the monkeys steal the zookeeper's keys, and all of the animals come out of their cages to dance, eat, and play. By the time the visitors arrive in the morning, the animals are all tuckered out. Renee doesn't believe her father's tale, but dads have a way of being right about these things...

Release Date: July 24, 2013
Age Group: Children's
Source: Review copy from publisher
Reviewed By: Kelli and Kaitlyn

What a fun, fun, fun read!  Kaitlyn and I both loved this book.  I found myself smiling several times while reading it to her, and actually laughed out loud twice. 

The story is about a little girl, Renee, who visits the zoo.  She's upset to see that all of the animals are sleepy and not doing anything fun to watch.  Renee asks her father what's going on and he tells her the truth: the animals stay up at night and have parties, and then sleep all day long.

The illustrations made What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo even better.  They are engaging and very appropriate to the playfulness of the story.  Kaitlyn loved watching the animals have a great time.  The way each species has their own special talent to add to the party was a nice touch.

Kaitlyn and I both highly recommend What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo.  It's one of those books that we'll read over and over again, and one that I will be happy to read each time.  I always hate feeling a little pit of dread when she picks up certain books that she loves, and I don't.  I'm happy to report that this isn't the case for this book!  I will enjoy re-reading What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo and will definitely read these authors again.  

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