I was looking for something fun to read …

I turned on my Kindle to see what I could find …

It looks like I have been finding lots of work-related non-fiction ebooks lately … not what I want right now …

I see a book that I didn’t remember called The Magical Fantastical Zany Zoo by Aaron Shaw, so I decide to give it a try …

I have only read a small bit (chapter 7), but I am already noticing all the opportunities for wondering …

  • Two orphans suddenly get news that they are going to be adopted and move to a zoo that is not open anymore …. (I started thinking about the zoos we have visited and what it would be like to live there … talk about great imaginative/descriptive writing prompt)
  • The children were met at the gates and rode giraffes to enter the zoo (one of Madalyn’s favorite animals is the giraffe and she would totally love that … plus she went to Lazy 5 Ranch last week and saw giraffes …. another idea for great  imaginative/descriptive writing prompt)
  • When they travel through the red gate, they get covered in red paint with an accompanying delightful flavor. Yellow paint and flavor come with the yellow gate, and Purple paint and flavor courtesy of the purple gate and so on …  (I just smile imagining all the possibilities!)
  • The older child is concerned with how they will ever get clean …. their guide shows them a non-writing pen. You click the pen once over you head and its drops what seems like gallons of water to wash you off. To get dry, just click the shower pen twice and it completely dries you!
  • At the Zany Zoo, they are all about finding completely unique and any ways to do even the most routine tasks!!
  • Anyone who visits the Zany Zoo gets to keep one of all of they inventions they come across at the any Zoo … so it is like getting presents all the time …

I have not read past Chapter 7 yet, but I plan to read more. When searching for information about the book online, I found some negative reviews about various things in the book that are confusing and inconsistent …. so far I have not encountered that.

The world of imagination and fantasy that I visualize when reading this book so far reminds me a little bit of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory ….

So far, it is a fun read and can easily serve as jumping off points for wondering  …

What stories, ideas, and/or books have you used or could you use to serve as jumping off points for wondering?

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