Book Review: Smarty Locks and the Unforgettable Zoo

Disclaimer:  I was provided an advanced copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review.  As always, all opinions are my own.

  • The Facts:  Smarty Locks and the Unforgettable Zoo, written by Marilyn Harary, Illustrated by Janette Louden, published in the USA 2016, 28 pages, ISBN: 13: 978-0-9980506-0-7


  • The Review:  Smarty Locks and the Unforgettable Zoo is a beautifully illustrated and classically written book that appeals to elementary students of all ages. You the reader are able to experience the range of emotions the main character experiences as the book transports you into Smarty Locks’ world with ease.  This is a book with an important life lesson that you can return to time and again even with older children when they are experiencing things that didn’t quite turn out as they’d hoped.


  • This book is aimed at a younger elementary audience (ages 5 and up) and explores themes of overcoming disappointment, creating opportunities, being inventive and creative, turning a “tragedy” into a triumph, friendship, imagination, and turning visions into reality. I read this book with my children who loved the pictures and could relate to the themes of overcoming disappointment, or as we say in our family “turning the lemons life hands you into lemonade”. My children loved the class room scenes and the animals the kids imagined.  If you are looking for a book to help your child overcome frustration or disappointment or to learn better how to cope when things don’t quite go their way, then this is the book for you.

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    October 19, 2017

    This sounds like a really good book. It’s good to share a balance of real-life when growing up. They can be and achieve anything they set their mind to, but there may be setbacks and disappointments along the way.

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    Mimi Green

    October 19, 2017

    I’m always looking to add new books to my daughters collection. She is within the target age range too.

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    October 20, 2017

    Such a good book with a cute storyline! My daughter loved it when I read it to her!

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    Stacie Says

    October 20, 2017

    Looks like a fun book for little girls!

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    Tiffany H.

    October 20, 2017

    Its important to talk about life lessons as a young child, disappointment is a common theme that will continue to come up, so why not teach them early about how to overcome these issues.

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    Kirstin Fuller

    October 20, 2017

    I love cool animated children’s books. The cover animation on this one is so cute. 🙂

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    Sapphire Kharyzma

    October 20, 2017

    This sounds like a great book. I know my nieces would love this to add to their collection.

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    Elle (CleverlyChanging)

    October 23, 2017

    I’m so glad that there are more diverse books. When my girls were little, I couldn’t find them in the stores we went to, but online there are a plethora of diverse kids’ books.

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    October 24, 2017

    Things not turning out quite as we hoped is such a valuable lesson to growing children. I’m glad not all storybooks paint perfect scenarios. Heck, even some of us adults still need to read stories like this!