Author: Ariel Cohn & Aron Nels Steinke
Synopsis: When Erika and Patrick’s parents leave them home alone for the night, they head straight to the attic to explore. When they open a mysterious box, hundreds of animals come pouring out! Soon the town is awash in more and more zoo animals, until Erika and Patrick discover that the tables have been turned… and the animals now run a zoo full of humans!
Huge thank you to First Second Books for this ARC!
I loved The Zoo Box. I think what I adored the most about this story is how imaginative it is — you open a box and suddenly there’s a zoo in your house, or how about the reality you once thought was real, may have been in fact… different? Erika and Patrick discover that humans are in fact, the animals on display at a “human zoo.” It may sound a touch creepy at first, but this book approaches this idea in a very genuine way — what do animals really think of us humans?
I really enjoyed the simplicity of this story. The art fits the story its telling, the characters are really sweet and fun, and it’s just such a crazy idea. I love how the element of make-believe gets turned completely on its head, though if I were Erika and Patrick’s parents, I don’t think I’d trust either of those children to be home alone!
Overall, this is a great little graphic novel for young readers, especially even reluctant ones. There’s lots of creativity and humour, and I think this is one parents should definitely check out if they have kids who love zany plotlines and animals!