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If I Ran the Zoo

(1950)
A Picture Book by

 
 
"It's a pretty good zoo," said young Gerald McGrew, "and the fellow who runs it seems proud of it, too." But if Gerald ran the zoo, the New Zoo, McGrew Zoo, he'd see to making a change or two: "So I'd open each cage. I'd unlock every pen, let the animals go, and start over again." And that's just what Gerald imagines, as he travels the world in this playfully illustrated Dr. Seuss classic (first published back in 1950), collecting all sorts of beasts "that you don't see every day." From the mountains of Zomba-ma-Tant to the blistering sands of the Desert of Zind, Gerald hunts down every animal imaginable ("I'll catch 'em in countries no one can spell, like the country of Motta-fa-Potta-fa-Pell"). Whether it's a scraggle-foot Mulligatawny or a wild-haired Iota (from "the far western part of south-east North Dakota"), Gerald amazes the world with his new and improved zoo: "This Zoo Keeper, New Keeper's simply astounding! He travels so far that you think he would drop! When do you suppose this young fellow will stop?"

But Gerald's weird and wonderful globe-trotting safari doesn't end a moment too soon: "young McGrew's made his mark. He's built a zoo better than Noah's whole Ark!" Some of the text and illustrations--imaginative as they are--are obviously dated, such as the following passage: "I'll hunt in the mountains of Zomba-ma-Tant/ With helpers who all wear their eyes at a slant,/ And capture a fine fluffy bird called the Bustard/ Who only eats custard with sauce made of mustard." And your children may be the first to recognize that attitudes have changed since the xenophobic '50s. But that doesn't mean this tale need be discarded; instead, it should be discussed. Ironically, Seuss was trying here--in his wild, explosive, and sometimes careless manner--to celebrate the joys of unconventionality and the bliss of liberation! (Ages 4 to 8)

Genre: Children's Fiction

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Hardback Editions

January 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: If I Ran the Zoo (Classic Seuss)
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-385-37905-6 / 978-0-385-37905-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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September 2010 : UK Hardback
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Title: If I Ran The Zoo (Seuss)
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-00-741399-8 / 978-0-00-741399-7 (UK edition)
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May 2000 : UK Hardback
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Title: If I Ran the Zoo
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-00-172067-8 / 978-0-00-172067-1 (UK edition)
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October 1950 : USA Library Binding
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Title: If I Ran The Zoo (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-8085-3610-9 / 978-0-8085-3610-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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September 1950 : USA Library Binding
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Title: If I Ran the Zoo (Classic Seuss)
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-394-90081-2 / 978-0-394-90081-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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October 1950 : USA Hardback
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Title: If I Ran the Zoo (Classic Seuss)
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-394-80081-8 / 978-0-394-80081-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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Paperback Editions

March 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: If I Ran the Zoo: Yellow Back Book
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-00-743399-9 / 978-0-00-743399-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
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August 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: If I Ran the Zoo: Yellow Back Book (Dr. Seuss - Yellow Back Book)
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-00-716994-9 / 978-0-00-716994-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
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May 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: If I Ran the Zoo
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-00-713068-6 / 978-0-00-713068-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
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June 1985 : USA Paperback

Title: If I Ran the Zoo
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-394-07679-6 / 978-0-394-07679-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Amer School Pub
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Audio Editions

June 1985 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: If I Ran the Zoo
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-394-06951-X / 978-0-394-06951-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Amer School Pub
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Kindle Editions

October 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: If I Ran the Zoo (Classic Seuss)
Author(s): Dr Seuss
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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