The Dead Zoo

Mr. Gray was a very serious man. He wore a serious suit, a perfectly straight tie and kept his moustache perfectly combed. He had an important bunch of keys on his hip at all times. And he doesn’t really like people. Mr. Gray owned an old museum filled with a strange collection of stuffed animals. Everyone called it The Dead Zoo. When people came visit, Mr. Gray had VERY strict rules. No talking; no laughing; no shouting or running about and definitely no touching the animals! It was The Dead Zoo, after all. It shouldn’t be lively. It should be serious…and quiet! But one evening, when Mr. Gray was locking up, he discovered a little life had snuck in…

In this wonderful picturebook, we learn about the difference friendship can make with the introduction of a little mouse and the happy chaos it brings to a dull, grey life. In a crazy chase through the Dead Museum set amidst an array of colourful stuffed animals, happy children and busy city life, Mr. Gray stands out looking stern, grim, and perhaps lonely. Even the tone of the language in the text sets him apart from all around him. As the tale progresses, little by little a change occurs through the adept, designerly use of colour, expression and simple detail that allows the reader to fully understand the impact of friendship and its’ give and take. Funny, vibrant and full of life, The Dead Zoo is an absolute joy. You’ll love it!