Review: Along Came Ziro

Posted on August 30, 2010

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Along Came Ziro
By Townie
18 Grey Media
July 2010
40 pages

One day a big round ball crash lands in a barnyard. A little, round blue alien named Ziro steps out and introduces himself to the bewildered farm animals. When the farmer and his dog show up to see what’s going on, the animals hide the spaceship. Ziro can see they aren’t happy on the farm. He invites them to come along on his spaceship so they can “travel and learn”. But the thought of leaving the farm sends them all into a tizzy.

This story sets the theme and establishes the characters for what are expected to be the further adventures of Ziro and his barnyard friends – the pig, the sheep, the cow, the mouse, and the hen. Pre-schoolers will find this simple story in verse easy to understand.

Townie’s exceptional illustrations are vibrant and engaging. The brilliant colors and rounded lines are Manga-esque. Think Hello Kitty meets Pokemon. Pre-schoolers will find these adorable cartoon characters irresistible. Townie is a talent to watch.

Copyright (c) 2010 by Peggy Tibbetts

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