Professor Wormbog in Search for the Zipperump-a-Zoo
Book: Professor Wormbog in Search for the Zipperump-a-Zoo
Author/Illustrator: Mercer Mayer
~BIAS ALERT!! This is a book I have loved since my own childhood. In fact, my mother was clever enough (and enough of a Mercer Mayer* fangirl) to save my own copy, so I even get to read my own copy to my children. So this book holds a very special place in my heart.
Now that I’ve gotten the Bias Alert out of the way, you need to know that this book holds up. The illustrations are everything you expect from Mercer Mayer – they are detailed, wonder-filled, imaginative, and full of additional jokes. The story is of funny ole Professor Wormbog, beast collector extraordinaire, who is searching for the final piece of his collection, the Zipperump-a-Zoo. He searches high and low, far and wide and, of course, faces mishaps along the way. If you really want to push some kind of curricular connection, this book is about persistence, inventiveness, and a spirit of adventure. But, frankly, I think this book is just worth loving all on it’s own.
*Did you know Mercer Mayer hails from Little Rock, Arkansas? (just like my mama!)