Lost at the Zoo by Gill Arbuthnott

Lost at the Zoo

Written by Gill Arbuthnott
Illustrated by Joanne Nethercott
Part of the Picture Kelpies Series

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Take a delightful and unusual trip around the zoo as seen by Rory, a little mouse who has lost his owner. From the anteater to the penguin, all the animals try to help Rory find his owner but Rory’s descriptions of Sam are sometimes rather confusing!


Lost at the Zoo by Gill Arbuthnott

Rory the pet mouse goes on a trip to Edinburgh Zoo in Sam's pocket. He leans out to get a better look and falls into the anteater's enclosure. How will wee Rory ever find Sam again in the enormous zoo?

'Have you seen Sam?' Rory asks, and tries to describe his owner. He tells the zebra Sam's got sticky-out sandy hair and gets sent to the lion! He tells the lion Sam's got big round eyes and gets sent to the owl! Rory meets lots of animals - a helpful anteater, a polite zebra, a grumpy lion, a hungry owl, a friendly rhino, the elegant flamingos and the blethering penguins, who take him along on their penguin parade. But will he ever find Sam?

This charming zoo story, full of wonderful animal characters, is beautifully illustrated by talented young artist, Joanne Nethercott.


'This charming story for very young readers is full of wonderful animal characters and beautifully illustrated by talented young artist, Joanne Nethercott.'

'Take a delightful and unusual trip around the zoo as seen by Rory, a little mouse who has lost his owner. From the anteater to the penguin, all the animals try to help Rory find his owner but Rory's descriptions of Sam are sometimes rather confusing!'

'This engaging book is not only a story but a lesson in natural history.'

'The quirky, colourful, bold illustrations complement a story that is highly recommended for reading aloud to young children. Lost at the Zoo is the latest addition to a lively series of Scottish picture, Picture Kelpies.'

'Joanne Nethercott's vibrant watercolours convey Rory's emotions and the animals'

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About the Author

Gill Arbuthnott

Gill Arbuthnott: "I was born and brought up in Edinburgh, so completely failed to appreciate what a wonderful place it was until I'd lived somewhere else! I studied Zoology at St Andrews University, then did a couple of years medical research in Southampton, but I didn't take to the south of England… When I came back to Edinburgh I took up a biology teaching post, and I've been here ever since.
I'm married, have two children, one cat and occasional use of a snake. I live in the Bruntsfield/Morningside area of Edinburgh, where it now seems to be compulsory to live if you write (or perhaps to write if you live...).
I teach Biology part time, though it often feels like full time, and write whenever I get the chance, which isn't nearly often enough."


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Which discovery would you have liked to have made?

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It’s not an important discovery, but it has made a lot of people very happy… The discovery of how to make chocolate so that it starts to melt at the temperature of the human mouth!

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Kelpies an imprint of Floris Books

Publication date

19th April 2012




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Kelpies an imprint of Floris Books is an imprint of Kelpies


Floris Books celebrate quality children’s books with brilliant authors, engaging stories and a Scottish twist! They create books that capture children’s imaginations at all ages. Under 6s will have loads of fun with Picture Kelpies picture books, 9 to 12-year-olds will be whisked away by Kelpies and young teens will be gripped by KelpiesTeen novels.

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