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Zoola Palooza

Zoola Palooza

A Book of Homographs

Gene Barretta

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)



The all-animal touring concert group Zoola Palooza has come to town. With a motley crew of animals playing a variety of instruments, homographs abound (homographs are words that are spelled the same but sound different and have different meanings). Billy the striped BASS opens the show wearing a big BOW tie. He gives a gracious BOW from the top of his BASS fiddle.

This terrific companion to Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones brings homographs to the spotlight for a show-stopping good time.

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Praise for Zoola Palooza

“… [kids will] enjoy Barretta's wit and the atmosphere of controlled chaos in the high-energy watercolor illustrations.” —Booklist Online

“Young readers should appreciate Barretta's ability to construct miniature story lines using the homographs, and while phrases sometimes hit clunky notes ("Fortunately, she wound up landing on the back of a jellyfish, wound-free"), they are well-served by his starry-eyed, crowd-surfing menagerie.” —Publishers Weekly

“While teachers are sure to reach for this entertaining resource again and again, the humor, illustrations, wordplay and story are strong enough that casual readers will pick this up, chuckle and even (gasp!) learn.” —Kirkus Reviews

In the Press

Read the Kirkus Review of ZOOLA PALOOZA A Book of Homographs. A topic only rarely addressed gets whimsical treatment in this latest from wordplay master Barretta. - Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Gene Barretta

Gene Barretta is the author and illustrator of Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin and Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci. He is also author and illustrator of Dear Deer, which was a Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts and listed on the Parenting Magazine Mom-Tested Books of the Year List. He holds a B.F.A. in Film Studies from New York University, and has worked for many years in film and television production. He lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, with his wife and son.

Gene Barretta

From the Publisher

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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