If I Ran the Zoo

If I Ran the Zoo

by Dr. Seuss


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Animals abound in Dr. Seuss’s Caldecott Honor–winning picture book If I Ran the Zoo. Gerald McGrew imagines the myriad of animals he’d have in his very own zoo, and the adventures he’ll have to go on in order to gather them all. Featuring everything from a lion with ten feet to a Fizza-ma-Wizza-ma-Dill, this is a classic Seussian crowd-pleaser. In fact, one of Gerald’s creatures has even become a part of the language: the Nerd!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385379052
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Series: Classic Seuss Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 79,137
Product dimensions: 13.50(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: AD870L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Theodor Seuss Geisel—aka Dr. Seuss—is, quite simply, one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. The forty-four books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck; the Pulitzer Prize; and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.

Date of Birth:

March 2, 1904

Date of Death:

September 4, 1991

Place of Birth:

Springfield, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

La Jolla, California


B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925; Oxford University (no degree)

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If I Ran the Zoo 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
JudyinWashington More than 1 year ago
I gave this to my 7 year old granddaughter for Christmas with a Beany Baby lion attached to the book and she loved it. Dr. Seuss books are always excellent for children no matter the story.
Thorne2112 More than 1 year ago
Dr. Seuss once more ignites childhood ponderings.
shebe More than 1 year ago
My son loves this book when we get it from the library and now he has his own copy.
NixieKnoxNorthernCA More than 1 year ago
All those wonderful strange names, all those amazing illustrations and made-up animals and vehicles... it's terrific, old school Seuss. We bought it as a gift for our 9-year old daughter who loves Seuss; it's challenging and tongue-twisting for reading aloud and completely entertaining!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The drawings are fascinating and my grandson loves the names. Dr Seuss uses the word "Nerd" in 1950...a man ahead of his time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seems you almost can't go wrong with Dr. Seuss and children.
NikoleJosh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Gerald McGraw is a young boy who visits his local zoo one day and imagines what different changes he'd make if he ran a zoo. He imagines all types of animals mixed and animals with abnormal features from far away places. He tells how people would talk and travel from all over just to visit his zoo.My Respnse: I liked how the pictures showed examples how the animals would look with their abnormal features. It was a cute story using imagination of how a boy would change things if he would run a zoo. I would recommend this book to maybe young children around ages of 5-8 years old. Classroom Extension: 1)What changes would they make if they ran a zoo and where would they get their animals. 2)How where these imaginary animals from this book different from real life animals.
ReadAloudDenver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The rhythm, rhymes and repetition in this book will help develop phonological awareness or the sounds of words. The book will also help build vocabulary including: chieftains, scrawny, custard, vicious, astounding and iota. Best of all, this book encourages a wild imagination as it describes a lion with at least ten feet, a "tizzle-topped Tufted Mazurka" from the island of Yerka and "a very find beast called the Flustard Who only eats mustard with sauce made of custard."If you like this book, you'll also love "If I Built a Car" by Chris van Dusen.
jl624 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book tells how a little boy imagined collecting various rare animals around the world. The little boy uses different kinds of strategies and tools to find and catch animals on different continents. He is courageous and successful in brining all those animals back to his zoo. The title ¿If I ran the zoo¿ is very straight forward in relate to the content of the book. This book can be used to encourage children to use their imaginations. The plot is easy to follow. However, there are words could be difficult for kindergarteners and younger without the guidance of an adult. In addition, the image about Asia and Africa might be a little bit too exaggerated, which might mislead the child¿s understanding toward what those continents are like. Overall, it¿s a highly recommended book for children, aged 4 and above.
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SpunkyJB More than 1 year ago
Just a hoot, as are most of Dr. Seuss' books for the younger set. Great for read-alouds to one or more kiddies and FUN for the reader, too!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Seuss used to say ¿A person¿s a person, no matter how small. Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted.¿ Dr. Seuss was created by Theodor Geisel in 1954. Life, the magazine, had published a report of illiterate children in the school system. They suggested children were having trouble reading because the books were boring, so they did not want to read them. Theodor¿s publisher urged him to send in an essay to explain what words he thought were important for children to learn. Then Theodor used these words to create a children¿s book called The Cat in the Hat. The illustrations and sounds helped to teach basic reading skills. Dr. Seuss helped millions of kids learn to read. I always loved to read Dr. Seuss books because they always were fun to read from the beginning to the end. If I Ran The Zoo brought back good memories and I had a blast reading the book again. The book is a tribute to the imagination of children the book ends with a reminder that all extraordinary creatures exist only in the head of Gerald McGrew. It is all about the imagination and how they use it. For example, in the book Gerald states: But if I ran the zoo, Said young Gerald McGrew, I¿d make a few changes. That¿s just what I¿d do¿ Gerald McGrew is a child who went to visit the zoo, but he found that the animals were not good enough. He said he would make changes if ran the zoo. He would bring animals from here and there, from up and down, and from anywhere. What type of animals does he bring to the zoo? What do the people think of his new zoo? Read the book to find out. If I Ran The Zoo is one of many picture books written by Theodor. He has created a character that is loved by every one of all generations. Dr. Seuss will keep helping children learn to read and is a hero himself. Reading level of the book is third grade, ninth month. Seuss, Dr. If I Ran The Zoo. New York: Random House, 1950.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much as a child that I had to buy it for my children. Very fun to read!