Zips Goes Wandering is a fun rhyming picture book about a little zebra who goes on an adventure and gets lost. Reminiscent of Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman, Zips goes to different animals to ask if they have seen his mother. He searches and searches before finding a really tall giraffe who is able to help him. Children will enjoy the repetition of Zips asking for his mom and then rushing off to see if that animal directed him in the correct direction or sent him to the wrong place again.
The illustrations are absolutely delightful, and are my favorite part of the book. Each illustration is bright, colorful, and enhances the text of the story so that emerging readers feel confident in trying to sound out the words. Children will love looking at pictures of several different animals. The author plays with perspective and Zips’s nose is frequently fish-eyed on the page, big and adorable. He has the sweetest little face, and so much personality.
The story presents a very important message to its readers, and that is to be careful and stay close by so as not to get lost. I think this is a great book to read to a child in order to explain this lesson, as well as come up with a plan for what to do if someone does get lost. Zips comes close to getting hurt by a crocodile and a lion, which is a compelling reason to not wander off. Luckily Zips was taught to ask other grow-ups for help, and he ended up home safe. I’ve found several lost children in stores over the course of my life, and it’s a super scary thing for everyone involved. This is such an important lesson to discuss with children, and I’m so happy to see such a sweet book that does just that. Highly recommended.
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Blogger – Kit Bakke
One of the unfortunate things about having your children grow up and leave home is not just that they grow up and leave home, but that you no longer have an excuse to hang out in the children’s section of bookstores or read
children’s picture books on a daily basis.
Lucky me to be writing about Chris Marsh’s new book ZIPS GOES WANDERING. Talented Chris has written and illustrated this story of an adventurous baby zebra, who like all explorers, runs into friends and foes and learns something about himself along with way. And, like all daring travelers in little children’s story books, Zips comes home safe and sound to his Mum.
ome of my favorite childhood adventures began with animals in books: The Saggy Baggy Elephant, Curious George, Black Beauty, Old Yeller.That’s why I’m so pleased to let you know about a delightful new children’s book by UK author and illustrator Chris Marsh called Zips Goes Wandering, published by Booktrope, available in print and ebook editions.Zips Goes Wandering generates conversations between parents and kids about what to do when a child gets lost in a public place. But it’s not a didactic book—the story’s told from the perspective of a bright and curious child. The lively pictures are fun for kids who like animals. Try reading the rhyming lines with an English accent since the author and illustrator is from London.
Samantha March – Author of Destined to Fail and A Questionable Friendship.
Zips Goes Wandering” generates conversations between parents and kids about what to do when someone gets lost in a public place. But it’s not a didactic book—the story’s told from the perspective of a bright and curious child. The lively pictures are fun for kids who like animals. Try reading the rhyming lines with an English accent, Chris Marsh, the author and illustrator is from London.
In “Zips Goes Wandering” we meet a range of animals from the African savannah. Colorful and expressively drawn, it’s easy to feel immersed in the environment. When Zips is threatened by a lion and a crocodile, he relies on his friends, how are are giraffes and hippos and others, to help him find his way home.
ABOUT PICTURE BOOKS
Picture books tell half the story in illustrations. In this picture book, the images are colorful and expressive. In some images, the exaggerated perspectives provide a child’s eye view, adding to the experience of reading. Chris Marsh created this images as traditional paintings, they were then digitally finished to provide movement and emotion.