Lola Loves Animals

by Imapla (Author)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
What little animal lover wouldn't want to set all the animals in the zoo free and fly through the sky with them? Lift-the-flap and open the door to join Lola and the animals, with an accordion fold that turns the pages into a stand-up story-telling scroll! The little girl in this whimsical wordless adventure story begins the day with a trip to the zoo, accompanied by her mother. Lola has fun imitating the monkeys, the giraffes, and all the animals -- until it starts to rain, and they run back home. That night, as she drifts off to sleep, Lola is joined by all the animals in the zoo. Little readers can lift a little flap that looks like a door to enter into a dreamscape and fly through the night sky as the pages fold out to become a stand-up scene of Lola's dream. This truly one-of-a-kind novelty picture book -- with two stories in one book -- will astound and delight adventurous book-lovers of all ages.

School Library Journal

Starred Review

PreS-K--Lola goes to the zoo with her mother. She visits elephants, gorillas, and giraffes. Unfortunately, a sudden rainstorm cuts the visit short. At home, Lola is put down for a nap, and she dreams of animals. She flies through the sky on an elephant. The gorilla lives in an elk's antlers. With each new panel, the dream becomes increasingly phantasmagorical. Animals fly through the clouds. Clouds become animals. Lola's duck toy has her mother's head. The art style is simple but unique. Most of the characters are composed of distinct shapes. For instance, Lola's body is a triangle; her head and pigtails are circles. One gorilla has a purple rear end and appears to be anatomically correct. The book's layout employs an accordion fold design. On one side, against a white background, is Lola's day trip to the zoo. On the other, against a black backdrop, are Lola's wild animal dreams. Readers can flip it over again and again, a visual near-Möbius strip of a child's limitless imagination. The wordlessness, unconventional art style, and unusual continuous visual storytelling of Imapla's book make it feel like more of a stunning art piece than a typical children's book. VERDICT A clever concept, beautifully designed and executed.--Chance Lee Joyner

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Review quotes

Imapla is an award-winning picture book creator and graphic designer from Barcelona whose books are published throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Lola Loves Animals is her American debut.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
February 20, 2022

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