Tickle Me Zoo

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Tickle me pink! Tickle me blue!
Arkie is visiting Tickle Me Zoo.
What will she see all the animals do?
And will she join in with the animals too?

Enjoy the rhyme as you follow Arkie on her adventure through Tickle Me Zoo, and be tickled pink by the surprise at the end. (Don’t forget to look out for that sneaky lizard along the way.)


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What the fans say

“Mollie has made me read the book so many times I think I know it by memory, and the first words out of her mouth this morning were “Read Tickle Zoo, Mummy!” I think Tickle Me Zoo may have replaced Dear Zoo in our house…now that is huge!!”

“Curtis and Alannah had Tickle Me Zoo as a bedtime story last night and after reading it to her the first time Alannah kept asking for more.”

“Gorgeous book! Has fast become a firm favourite in our house.”

“We got this book out of the library and my child (who has an autism spectrum disorder) loves it!!”

A clever 2.5 year old fan reads Tickle Me Zoo:

What the professionals say

“Tickle Me Zoo, by Ben Long and Tom Hermann, combines the crucial elements that I believe are needed to truly engage young children as early readers. The elements of repetition, rhyming and most importantly the use of the “nonsense” genre to instantly grab children’s interest has been used really well by these authors. When I select books as part of my language and literary program as an early childhood teacher, I look for these elements embedded in a text that has a story line that respects children as strong readers and literacy users. Tickle Me Zoo meets these criteria. I look forward to reading more texts by Ben and Tom.”

— Lecturer, Language and Literacy Studies, UQ

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