Subtitled "Abraham Dee Bartlett and the Invention of the Modern Zoo," that's exactly what this picture book biography is about. Author/illustrator Cassandre Maxwell's mixed media and cut paper collage illustrations have a three-dimensional, old-timey feel to them fitting for the 1800s setting. With the topics of zoos and animals (including Jumbo the elephant, the source for the word jumbo in the English language), this book should appeal to many ages, from a read-aloud for younger children (and their parents) to an engrossing biography for older youth.
© Amanda Pape - 2015
[I received an advance reader edition through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. I'll be purchasing it for my university library.]