By Bonnie Verburg & Mark Teague
Orchard Books, $17.99, 40 pages
Jack built a tree house overlooking the sea. Flies buzz by, and the lizard snaps up the fly. The parrot pecks at the lizard, and then the cat swats at the parrot. Meanwhile, Jack swings around marveling at the wonderful tree house his tools built. He watches the dog chase the cat and the snake slide by the dog. Jack then rings a bell and reads a story to all his jungle animal friends. When the day ends, a different set of animals comes out for the fun, including a whale and an owl. Then the moon and stars arrive and everyone, including Jack, is asleep.
This rhyming story coupled with the colorful, detailed and large illustrations will enchant children as they see all the animals play in their jungle habitat. The expressions on the animal’s faces are humorous and it is obvious the animals and Jack are having fun playing in this wild land. It teaches your child about the progression of a day, and all the wild and wonderful things that can happen when Jack builds his own tree house and becomes friends with everyone around.
Reviewed by Seniye Groff