All young children love the zoo. They love to see the animals running around and to finally come face to face with the things that they’ve only seen on television or in books. But what if a child was able to not only visit the zoo, but to control what animals were placed in the zoo? This is what happens to young Gerald McGrew, who, thanks to If I Ran the Zoo, gets the opportunity to imagine what the zoo would be like if he were able to have a say in which animals were in the zoo.
Like most of Dr. Seuss’s delightful childrens books, this book is filled with colorful illustrations, and thanks to Gerald’s strange, imaginary creatures, the good Doctor is able to show children how varied animals can be, especially when they’re animals that you make up yourself! If I Ran the Zoo features tons of different, strange animals, including animals like the wild-haired Iota, which comes from the far western part of south-east North Dakota, and the scraggle-foot Mulligatawny! Seuss has children, and parents, tripping over their tongues in order to pronounce the strange and wonderful names of the animals that Gerald McGrew picks.
If I Ran the Zoo is a delightful story that will have children’s imaginations running full speed ahead, imagining what types of animals they’d introduce into the zoo, were they able to take the place of Gerald McGrew and choose which animals they’d like to see.