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Something's Amiss at the Zoo

By Jen Breach
Illustrated by Douglas Holgate

  • Paperback
  • £6.99

When the world's worst zookeepers cause chaos at the zoo with a series of ridiculous mix-ups, it's up to one smart kid to set things right.

Two zookeepers just can't figure out what's wrong at the zoo. The spider monkey won't spin a web, and he seems scared of the other spiders. The tiger shark doesn't seem comfortable in the jungle enclosure, and the elephant beetle is in danger of being crushed by the other elephants. Only one person can help: the kid! He soon sets the zookeepers straight, but one mystery remains: how did these two ever manage to pass zookeeper school?
A series of hilarious of mix-ups and misunderstandings, from acclaimed comics collaborators creating their first picture book together.

Biographical Notes

Jen Breach (author)
Jen Breach writes character-based adventure comics about ordinary children in extraordinary circumstances. She has written a regular media column for The Big Issue magazine since 2009 and her essays have appeared in TBI, The Reader, The Emerging Writer and Newswrite. She has reviewed comics, graphic novels and books for The Age newspaper, TBI, NSW Writer's Centre and the State Library of Victoria's Centre for Youth Literature. Jen is a 2013 ASA Mentorship Winner and was a 2012 Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida. She gratefully acknowledges the support of the Australia Council for the Arts. From Melbourne, Australia, Jen is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.

Douglas Holgate (illustrator)
Douglas Holgate is a Melbourne-based illustrator whose work has appeared in comics, junior fiction (the ZACK PROTON series and the SUPER CHICKEN NUGGET BOY series) and children's nonfiction. His first picture book was ZOO SLEEPOVER, followed by SOMETHING'S AMISS AT THE ZOO.

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  • ISBN: 9780734416223
  • Publication date: 06 Apr 2017
  • Page count: 24
  • Imprint: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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This amusing, beautifully illustrated book is sure to appeal to younger readers. — ReadPlus

Emma Fischel

Emma Fischel is an experienced writer, specialising in both fiction and non-fiction for children of primary school age. She has written several titles in this series. Emma lives in London with her three children.

Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard is a footballer, father and author of the 'Frankie's Magic Football' series!To date, Frank remains Chelsea Football Club's all-time leading goal scorer, where he was awarded three times Chelsea Player of the Year. In 2014 Frank was the vice captain on the England football squad at the World Cup in Brazil, and then went on to play for Manchester City in 2014 in the UK before signing with New York City FC to play as part of the Major League Soccer side, starting July 2015. Frank was awarded an OBE in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to football.Frank enjoys reading with his two daughters, and when they requested stories about football Frank decided to create his own characters and adventures to entertain them. These tales provided the inspiration for 'Frankie's Magic Football'. Frank is passionate about promoting child literacy and is an ambassador of the National Literacy Trust; he hopes to inspire both young girls and boys to read with the 'Frankie's Magic Football' series. "The idea for 'Frankie's Magic Football' came from reading bedtime stories to my daughters. Adventure stories are their favourite and I wanted to combine my love for football with something that I could read to them, and that they would love too. 'Frankie's Magic Football' reminds me of the stories that I used to like to read. Frankie's friends also remind me of the mates that I used to kick a football about with when I was young, as well as some of the players I've met during my career." - FRANK LAMPARD

Franklin Watts

Franklin Watts is well-known for its high-quality and attractive books. We aim to give children of all abilities a life-long love of learning and reading.

Gabrielle Woolfitt

Gabrielle Woolfit is a qualified teacher, specialising in science.

Georgia Amson-Bradshaw

Georgia Amson-Bradshaw is a children's writer and editor who lives in Brighton, East Sussex. She has worked on a number of high-profile and award-winning science books for kids, including the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize winner Eye Benders, and the London Science Museum activity book This Book Thinks You're a Scientist. She remembers the eye-opening and inspiring effect her favourite books had on her as a child, and so takes her responsibility to pass that interest and excitement on very seriously!

Gill Lobel

Gill Lobel was born in Coventry. She went to Manchester University to read English, and then to Leicester to study for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She has been a teacher for most of her working life mainly teaching English in comprehensive schools. She has also worked with children with Special Educational Needs, and as a Home Tutor for sick or excluded children.Gill has now retired from full time teaching, although she still does some private tutoring, and spends most of her time writing. Her first book was Starlight (Tamarind), and in 2000 Orchard Books published Ellie and the Butterfly Kitten, illustrated by Karin Littlewood. This is a touching picture book about a close relationship between a small girl and her grandmother and the joy that being back with her own mother again brings. Gill's latest novel for Orchard Books is the gritty and thought-provoking story of the overweight Hazel and her battle with the beautiful school bully, Lauren. Both Hazel and Lauren discover there is more to each other than firsts meets the eye.When she is not writing Gill likes gardening, walking and a wide variety of arts and crafts.Gill lives in Leicester with her husband. She has two daughters, two grandchildren and nine step-grandchildren.

Hilary Robinson

Hilary Robinson is the author of over 40 children's books including the top selling Mixed Up Fairy Tales and The Copper Tree. She is also a broadcaster and freelance BBC radio producer. Hilary was born in Devon and brought up in Nigeria and England. Her books have been translated into a number of languages and are sold across the world.

Jan Thornhill

JAN THORNHILL's science, nature, and animal-based books have received multiple honours, most recently the Vicky Metcalf award for her body of work. Jan lives in Ontario, Canada, where she spends her spare time looking for weird fungi in the woods with her dog, Ruby.

Jane Clarke

I've been an archaeologist, a teacher, and a library assistant (at Antwerp International School), but I'm now a full time children's writer with over forty published books, plus poems in many children's anthologies, and reading scheme stories. I enjoy visiting primary schools to run creative writing workshops and share my work - which includes the award-winning Gilbert the Great, Stuck in the Mud and Knight Time. I also ghost write several series for the Working Partners group, including the very successful OUP series Dinosaur Cove.I love to collect fossils and go for seaside walks near my home in SE England, and visit friends and family in Belgium and America. And I'm always up for an adventure- like sky diving, white water rafting and hunting anacondas in Venezuela.

Jenny Oldfield

Born and brought up in Harrogate, Yorkshire, Jenny Oldfield went on to study English at Birmingham University, where she did research on the Brontë Novels and on Children's Literature. She then worked as a teacher, before deciding to concentrate on writing. She writes novels for both children and adults and, when she can escape from her desk, likes to spend time outdoors. She loves the countryside and enjoys walking, gardening, playing tennis, riding and travelling with her two daughters, Kate and Eve.

Jill Atkins

Escaped teacher, now writing for children with 46 books published so far, ranging from early reading material to teenage novels. I've written 4 books for Franklin Watts, 4 for Wayland and one for Hodder.I'm married with two grown up children and five grandchildren, no pets, though I used to have three beautiful cats, guinea pigs and rabbits. When I was a child, we kept chickens and I loved them, too.I always have my nose in a book. I read both adult's and children's books. My favourite children's books include The Railway Children by E Nesbit, Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson, River on the Say by Philippa Pearce. My adult reading varies from Charles Dickens to many modern authors. I enjoy listening to music, classical, jazz and some pop.

Joanna Mockler

Joanna Mockler was born in Stoke on Trent and was brought up in the seaside town of Formby. Joanna's love for drawing was evident from an early age and she went on successfully complete an Art Foundation then an Illustration degree course. Joanna has had many jobs during her time in education however, her main ambition has always been to be an illustrator.Joanna's first book for Orchard is Wibble Wobble a book which charts the adventures of William and his wobbly tooth! (Written by Miriam Moss).Joanna presently lives in Southport with her husband, hamster and cat.

Joe Archer

Joe Archer works at Kew Gardens as Head Horticulturalist in the kitchen garden. He appeared in the 'Kew on a Plate' television programme with Raymond Blanc.

Joe Friedman

Joe Friedman was born in Chicago to deaf parents. He has written stories since he was seven and sold his first play at 13. He currently lives in north London and divides his time between writing and working as a psychotherapist. Boobela and Worm is his first book for children. Visit his website at http://www.boobela.com

Joe Hackett

I used to write for newspapers and radio, and stuck to "the facts", but began writing fiction when I dared to think I could do it. I am still learning!I worked with children and families for many years and learned a lot from them. Nowadays I live in Devon, and keep animals - seven sheep and two dogs. I can almost see the sea from our house, and I love being on the water - sailing, rowing my boat and even swimming - but it's usually too cold!I like travelling, meeting people and eating interesting food. I once spent the night in a dog kennel - but that is another story.

John Malam

John Malam studied Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Birmingham, after which he worked as an archaeologist at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum in Shropshire. He is now an author specialising in information books for children and is a National Literacy Trust Reading Champion. He lives in Cheshire with his wife, a teacher, and has two grown-up children.

Judith Heneghan

Judith Heneghan writes fiction and non-fiction for children. She runs the MA Writing for Children at the University of Winchester. Judith has four teenage children, a labrador, a snake and a gecko.

Kay Woodward

Kay Woodward was born in Barrow-in-Furness, grew up in Carlisle, lived in Brighton and spent two years in Kinsale, Co Cork. After working as an editor in children's publishing, she became an author. She wrote the SKATE SCHOOL series - Ice Princess, On Thin Ice, Stars on Ice, Going for Gold - published by Usborne. Andersen Press have published JANE AIRHEAD (2009) and also the brand new WUTHERING HEARTS (2011). Kay is married with one daughter and lives near the New Forest. Visit www.kaywoodward.co.uk to find out more.

Laura Ellen Anderson

Laura Ellen Anderson is a children's book writer and illustrator based in London. She has illustrated several picture books, including Snowflakes and Mermaid, both written by CBBC presenter Cerrie Burnell. Laura is also the creator of the comic strip 'Evil Emperor Penguin', published monthly in The Pheonix Comic.

Leon Read

Leon Read has written several books and short stories for children, and is always coming up with wacky ideas for new ones. He lives in the three counties with his wife, son and daughter. He's currently developing an idea for a series of books featuring ninja hippos.