Night Zookeeper Book Review and School Tour

Night Zookeeper

Anything that fires children’s imaginations is a hit in my book and we have been struggling with Isaac at school because if he doesn’t want to do something, no amount of persuasion will make him do it.

It is a similar story with reading. He will read factual science books, anything about Dr Who and WWE but when it comes to stories he has never really been interested……..until now.

We were sent the Night Zookeeper to review and Isaac has barely put the book down since we got it. In fact it even went into school to show his teacher and the head teacher he loves it that much.

Night Zookeeper and the Spying Giraffes is a series of magical short stories which introduce children to a world of endless possibilities and provide the inspiration for much of the creativity – The World of Night is in trouble and the new Night Zookeeper is the only one who can help!

Night Zookeeper

Will the Night Zookeeper be able to recognise friend from foe and keep his creativity alive in the face of evil?Isaac’s current favourite stories are of a time travelling elephant and the spying giraffe but we have yet to meet the very unusual squirrel. Together they will use the power of imagination to journey deep into the Night Zoo and fight the evil of Nulth.

I think the key to this book is that it is fun. The engaging story line and quirky illustrations had Isaac’s attention right from the start and he couldn’t wait to get stuck into each story.

The book’s author Joshua Davidson was born in Bury St Edmunds, England. He studied Fine Art at Newcastle University and a Masters in Digital Art at Norwich University of the Arts. He created Night Zookeeper to inspire children across the world to be creative and expressive. Night Zookeeper uses storytelling and technology to inspire and develop children’s writing.

Josh is also very keen to get involved with schools around the UK. The Night Zookeeper is about reading, writing and allowing children to express themselves through using their imagination. This month, The Night Zookeeper is going on an exciting tour of UK schools.

If you are a teacher, member of the PFA, or just want to pass this information on to your child’s school, you can find all the information on There are free resources to use as well as the school tour.

24 thoughts on “Night Zookeeper Book Review and School Tour

  1. I love the artwork on the cover it’s made me want to read it too! It looks like the kind of book my daughter would like
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  2. Sonia says:

    I’m going to get this for Bugs, it sounds fab x
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  3. Ninjacat says:

    A fun book makes all the difference I’m learning teaching guided reading x
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  4. Globalmouse says:

    This looks great and I love that the author is keen to get really involved with schools, I think that can make such a difference.
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  5. Ickle Pickle says:

    This book looks so great – and sounds wonderful. It is so amazing when a child finds a book they really love isn’t it? Kaz x
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  6. It’s great when a book fires a child’s imagination! Hopefully now Isaac has discovered this he will move on to discovering new books too.
    It’s lovely when authors visit schools. We have them visit our school from time to time, but always during a special ‘reading week’, which isn’t for a while yet!
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  7. Really books are the best thing for the imagination are n’t they 🙂 glad it has got Isaac interested in stories 🙂 thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe
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  8. Thanks for the recommendation, this books sounds great! The sort of thing my 6yo would love. #readwithme

  9. Looks like a great little book, something I am sure my nephew would love to read xx
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  10. Catherine says:

    It’s sometimes really hard to try and persuade children to read something completely different, I’m so glad that you’ve found something new that Isaac enjoys. It looks like a fun series.

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  11. Oooh, great, thanks for the tip, always looking for new books here!
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  12. Jen says:

    I second the fact that this is a wonderful book. My BF’s youngest has it and loves it.
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  13. Glad to know that Isaac is enjoying the book so much! I love that my kids read- it fires their creativity.
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  14. What a lovely book, good to know that Isaac is enjoying it so much. Reading books from young helps to broaden vocabulary .
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  15. Emma says:

    That sounds like a sweet book, and I love the idea of a school tour…
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  16. Sonya Cisco says:

    I had the same struggle when Max was that age – he was all about the facts and not interested in fiction – but all it took was the right books! Glad you have found one he loves!
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  17. Rachel says:

    What a great sounding book, I love that it sounds like something more than just reading x
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  18. Anosa says:

    It is always nice when kids find that one book that seats them down and sparks there imagination.
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  19. Eve says:

    Looks like a brilliant book, Freddie has such a massive book collection and he’s only 9 months lol. I really want him to be interested in reading as he grows up, knowing my luck though he’ll go the other way and hate it!

  20. Aah fantastic that you’ve found something to spark his imagination and start him reading for fun! It’s lovely when kids find books that they truly love — mine were Enid Blyton’s when I was little — I absolutely LOED them!! 🙂
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  21. Sounds fab! The tour of the schools sounds fun!!
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  22. Karin Joyce says:

    What a wonderful review Kara! Well done Isaac for getting stuck in! I hope that you’re able to get the Night Zookeeper Tour to Isaac’s school. How fun!
    Karin xx

  23. Erica Price says:

    That sounds like the sort of book that would appeal to my H.
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