The Way to the Zoo

Written by John Burningham

Illustrated by John Burningham

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One of our Books of the Year 2014 - April 2014 Book of the Month   Award-winning John Burningham tells a touching story of a little girl and the special friends she makes in the night time.  When Sylvie finds a door in her bedroom she discovers a secret passage to her very own zoo full of the most wonderful animals. Every night Sylvie finds a new animal to take back to her room. The easiest to manage are small and cuddly, others, like the penguins who splash a lot in the bath, are too messy. The baby elephant is too big to get along the passage and the dog is too smelly to stay in Sylvie’s room. Every day when she goes to school, Sylvie makes sure the door is firmly shut. Until one day she forgets…

The Way to the Zoo Synopsis

In this classic child's fantasy featuring John Burningham's delightfully expressive artwork, an unlocked door leads to pandemonium - and one little girl's formidable voice reins in an entire menagerie!

In her bedroom wall, Sylvie spots a door...and beyond that door she finds a passage...and beyond the passage she discovers...the ZOO! Where Sylvie finds LOTS of animals, looking at her! So she decides to bring a few small ones, like a little bear, into her bedroom at night time, just for a cuddle. And then she takes the penguins back for a splashy bath. Once, she even brings back the monkeys but, really, they were too messy. No matter what Sylvie does though, she always makes sure to close the door in her bedroom wall. Until, one day, she forgets...John Burningham's much-celebrated storytelling and illustration will quickly draw readers into this riotous adventure that encapsulates brilliantly every child's wildest fantasy - a door in their own bedroom...that leads to the zoo!

The Way to the Zoo Press Reviews

Burningham is admired as a fearless original whose wit and sense of fun should be a part of every infancy.  Amanda Craig, The Times

An utter delight.  Marilyn Brocklehurst, The Bookseller

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ISBN: 9781406360523
Publication date: 02/04/2015
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406348408
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406348408
Publication date: 3rd April 2014
Author: John Burningham
Illustrator: John Burningham
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 40 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Recommendations: Books of the Month

About John Burningham

John Burningham studied illustration and graphic design at the Central School of Art, graduating with distinction in 1959. Many illustration commissions followed including iconic posters for London Transport, before the publication of Borka: the Adventures of a Goose with No Feathers, John’s first book for children (Cape, 1963) which won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration and heralded the beginning of an extraordinary career. John Burningham has since written and illustrated over thirty picture books, that have been translated and distributed all over the world. These feature his classic and much loved children’s books including Chitty Chitty ...

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