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Carnival of the Animals by John Lithgow

Carnival of the Animals

by John Lithgow

Other authors: Boris Kulikov (Illustrator)

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Another "meh". I get it, and it might be wonderfully effective on stage, but as a picture book, I wasn't wowed. In fact, I'm kind of creeped out by the elephant on the cover. Lithgow appeals to me enormously as an actor, not so much as a writer.

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  TatumYork | Dec 4, 2012 |
A mischievous boy slips away from his teachers during a field trip to a natural museum and, after the museum closes, sees all of the people he knows transformed into animals. ( )
  kidlit9 | Feb 16, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689867212, Hardcover)

But oh! what a fabulous night he had had,

When his world was turned into a zoo!

After wandering off from a school field trip, a young boy falls asleep in the Natural History Museum. There he sees his classmates, teachers, and family transformed into a menagerie of animals, from wild hyenas to stately peacocks.

John Lithgow's exhilarating word play, inspired by Camille Saint-Saëns's 1886 composition, provides a narrative arc to the piece for the first time. Lithgow created the text for the New York City Ballet, where the Carnival of the Animals ballet, with his narration, debuted in 2003. Boris Kulikov's witty artistic interpretation of the story adds to the fun.

A new recording of Saint-Saëns's suite, performed by Chamber Music Los Angeles under the direction of Bill Elliott, complete with John Lithgow's recitation of the text, is included on an enclosed CD.

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A mischievous boy slips away from his teacher during a field trip to a natural history museum and, after the museum closes, sees all of the people he knows transformed into animals.

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