Published by HMH Books for Young Readers
Summary: Warty Warthog introduces himself and his friends at the zoo, explaining in rhyming text why each animal is perfect the way he/she is. Rhino likes his wrinkly skin, Elephant knows his nose is supposed to be long, Chimp’s sticking-out ears are charming, etc. Each animal gets a large illustration on a white background, every animal looking as happy as can be. The final conclusion? “It would be such a shame if you came to the zoo and we all looked the same!” Ages 3-8.
Pros: An upbeat message for kids to appreciate differences, joyfully illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Janet Stevens.
Cons: If you read this aloud, you will have to endure endless laughter about Hippo’s wiggly, jiggly behind.