Special Interest Item
From School Library Journal (Amazon.com): "Grade 1-3-The letter Z heads wordlessly home after a long day's work atop the city zoo's gates, and on his way, crosses a bridge formed by a horizontal capital B, takes several bites out of a cake and a doughnut, jumps a few hurdles, sustains a karate kick into the lake, loses his way in a labyrinth, narrowly escapes a viper beside a woodpile, and at last makes it home to his family. Although there is a basic, satisfying narrative here, each spread may be viewed and discussed independently. The full-color illustrations, like those in Chris Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (Houghton, 1984), are suggestive of entire worlds beyond the borders of the page, and could inspire young readers to create their own stories explaining Z's exploits. How does Z escape the labyrinth full of Ls? Why doesn't Z help that man struggling out of the quicksand? Is he contemplating taking a yoga class? Packed with sophisticated visual sleight of hand that may require second and even third glances to appreciate (the sinuous curve of seashore, the pooling of ink on a jetty), this is not a book for youngsters learning to recognize their letters. School-aged children, especially those enamored of the all-graphics, all-the-time approach of the "I Spy" books (Scholastic) and "Where's Waldo" series (Candlewick), would be the most appreciative audience for this quirky title."