A charming book in rhyme, Zebra on the Go by Jill Nogales and illustrated by Lorraine Rocha shows what can happen when you overreact – and how a simple act of kindness can mend a friendship.
An energetic read-aloud about the circus running away with itself! Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages: the circus is beginning. Fierce Lion and speedy Zebra are stepping into the ring to perform their actbut wait! Things arent going quite according to planwith one little mistake. Zebra is on the goand Lion is in hot pursuit! Jill Nogaless rollicking text keeps readers on their hooveser, toeswhile newcomer Lorraine Rochas vibrant illustrations bring the whole circus to life.
The book starts out at a circus – which, although it is a dying performance art, is still nostalgic in the way it’s presented here. But the real fun happens when the animals leave the circus – with the zebra on the run, and the cranky lion hot on his tail.
The rhymes are sweet and funny, and are simple enough for a younger child to follow – or for an older child to start reading aloud themselves. But everything really shines when brought to life with Rocha’s illustrations. She imbues such wonder and whimsy and emotion into each page.
My favorite is scene is when we see the lion’s various reactions after being stepped on by the zebra: we see his ouch, and his tears, his frustration, and then his outburst. It was touching and moving and wholly relatable. (That feeling when you stub your toe, and first you cry because it hurts, and then you yell, because it HURTS? That. Rocha perfectly captured that feeling in the lion’s various expressions.)
On top of being a cute book to read and look at, it also has a sweet message — that friends make mistakes, that we can get angry and upset, but at the end of the day, we’re still there for each other.
Zebra on the Go is in stores now.