Night Zookeeper: The Giraffes of Whispering Wood

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Review

Will is certain that, no matter what his teacher says, he’s right to paint a purple elephant. And he is proved right, when the elephant turns out to be the gateway to a magical world full of talking animals with strange powers, newspaper trees, and all kinds of other wonderful things in it.

Will discovers that he is the new Night Zookeeper, and his mission is to defend this world – with the help of his adventurous friend Riya, and a clumsy, endearing giraffe called Sam – from horrible creatures called Voids that want to destroy it.

This is a delightfully original and amusing story, with characters who feel contemporary in a classic adventure setting. It also has a very relevant message about the importance of imagination. Readers aged as young as six are likely to enjoy having this read to them, and older children will enjoy reading it independently.

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