This is a Hospital, Not a Zoo!

THIS IS A HOSPITAL, NOT A ZOO!

by Roberta Karim
illustrated by Sue Truesdell
Clarion Books / Houghton Mifflin


ISBN 978-395-720998
ISBN-10: 0618246223
ISBN-13: 978-0618246229



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ISBN 0-7887-2063-5
Narrated by John McDonough, the new Captain Kangaroo

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Roberta Karim has created a hilarious animal tale that captures the wishes of every child who has ever spent time in a hospital.  Filbert MacFee’s adventures will ease fears about a visit to the hospital and have young readers and their parents laughing out loud.

Filbert MacFee is having a lively time in the hospital.  When Nurse Skeeter is ready to give him a shot, he turns into a thick-skinned rhinoceros.  In an ice-cold wheelchair headed for X-ray, he becomes a penguin.  Bad-tasting medicine, and Filbert changes into a ... ?

No-nonsense Nurse Beluga and her staff do their best to cure Filbert of his animal transformations.  Good news comes at last -- Dr. Kebob!  Once the doctor stops being an orangutan, he gives Filbert the perfect diagnosis: "You may go home!"

Rollicking verse, a quirky cast of characters, and Sue Truesdell's zany drawings turn a hospital stay into a reassuringly comic escapade.


Author Roberta Karim created nutty Filbert during her son's hospital stay.



QUICK REVIEWS:


KIRKUS:

"A  perfectly silly take on the indignities of a hospital stay . . . The snappy text, featuring quirky characters and understated humor, works well with Truesdell's loosely drawn, larger-than-life animals who pop up at the turn of a page."


ALA BOOKLIST:

"Karim's goofy, fantastical story has sweet charm, and is a great vehicle for Truesdell's funny irresistible artwork, which pictures animals and humans alike leaping and cavorting across the pages."


KLIATT'S Audio Tape Review:

"When John McDonough’s richly comic narration is paired with the lively text, the combination is a dose of pure fun.  McDonough's inflections are lively and spirited, his tone matches the story’s wit, and his voices are perfect.”



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* SPEECH SOUNDS: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS AND PROFESSIONALS


* CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL COLORADO:

“Going to the hospital – or even the doctor’s office or dentist – can be scary for anyone, especially kids.  One of the best ways to prepare them for their visit is to talk about it in advance.  Reading a book about visiting the doctor can be a great way to open a dialogue with your child.  The following are some of The Children’s Hospital Colorado doctors’ and nurses’ favorite books: THIS IS A HOSPITAL, NOT A ZOO!" and others.


* PEDIATRIC HOSPITALS NATIONWIDE, INCLUDING:

* Cleveland Clinic (OH)  "Books For Kids"

* Cincinnati Children's Hospital (OH)

* Children's National Medical Center, Washington D.C.

* Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (NH)

* Children's Hospital Boston (MA)

* Baystate Children's Hospital (Springfield MA)

* Upstate Golisana Children's Hospital (Syracuse NY)

* Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital (New Brunswick NJ)

* Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital (Concord NC)

* Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt (Nashville TN)

* Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (PA)

* St. John's Children's Hospital (Springfield IL)

* Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

* Children's Hospital Colorado

* Renown Children's Hospital (Reno NV)

* Mary Bridge Children's Hospital (Tacoma WA)