Animal Strike at the Zoo (It's True!)

Animal Strike at the Zoo
(It's True!)

May 30, 2006 (hardcover, first edition)
HarperCollins • Illustrations by Margaret Spengler
ISBN-10: 0060575026 • ISBN-13: 978-0060575021

Suggest ages for this book:
4 - 8 years old, but toddlers also benefit from the rhyme and repeating phrases.


The zoo animals are sick of working for peanuts (especially the elephants). They all want a raise. The harried zookeeper does his best. He gives the elephants pecans, and he provides a kiddie pool for the monkeys—but the animals aren’t satisfied. They up the ante and make demands for things like heated pools, root beer floats, and more. To make matters worse, they refuse to exhibit any animal-like behavior! The zebras paint themselves so they look like horses. The giraffes cover their necks with turtle neck sweaters. But one little girl on her first trip to the zoo is devastated by the uncooperative animals’. Suddenly the animals realize—their job has built in benefits.

There’s an animal strike at the zoo, it’s true!
The headlines are telling it all.
The animals quit, “That’s it! We’re through.”
Say all critters from biggest to small.







Animal Strike at the Zoo, it’s True!, was actually my husband Scott’s idea. We were driving down the road and he said, “You know, a book about zoo animals going on strike would be funny.” I started thinking about it then and there had composed several verses in my head by the time we got home. (Shhh… I wouldn’t want him to get a big head or anything, but Scott has given me several of my best book ideas and thought of one of my favorite titles.)


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Nominated for the 2008 Kentucky Book Award!

“This lighthearted verse is illustrated across double pages with pastels, which help to emphasize the decorative qualities of the animals. It is hard not to smile at the antics; just look at those knitting giraffes.”

Children’s Literature

“A rhyming, rhythmic, and lyrical charmer about zoo animals going on strike.”

– Wanda Meyers-Hines, School Library Journal

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