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Lost at the Zoo

Gill Arbuthnott
Joanne Nethercott


Range: Picture Kelpies Paperback 32 pages colour illustrations 230 x 265 mm ISBN: 9780863158704 Publication date: 26th April 2012
Genres: Animals, Humour Ideal for ages: 3, 4, 5 and 6

Rory the pet mouse is lost at Edinburgh Zoo. Squeeeeeak! He sniffles and snuffles, searches and stares, but he can’t find his owner Sam. He comes whisker to whisker with a roooaaaring lion, and nose to horn with a friendly rhino. But will he ever be found?


'This charming story for very young readers is full of wonderful animal characters and beautifully illustrated by talented young artist,
Joanne Nethercott.'
-- The Scots Magazine

'A delightful and unusual trip around the zoo.'
-- Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading4Kids

'This engaging book is not only a story but a lesson in natural history.'
-- Creative Steps

'The quirky, colourful, bold illustrations complement a story that is highly recommended for reading aloud to young children. Lost at the Zoo is the latest addition to a lively series of Scottish picture, Picture Kelpies.'
-- The School Librarian

'Joanne Nethercott's vibrant watercolours convey Rory's emotions and the animals' movements effectively. A story of adventure with a comforting ending!'

Lost at the Zoo


Gill Arbuthnott was born and brought up in Edinburgh, but escaped briefly to study in St Andrews and Southampton. She couldn’t stay away, however, and now lives in Edinburgh with her family and Leonard the cat. When she’s not writing, she works as a biology…

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Joanne Nethercott is originally from Northern Ireland. She moved to Scotland in 2001 to study illustration at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. She has had work commissioned by the National Theatre of Scotland. She lives in Edinburgh and works from…

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