Wonderfully simple illustrations in black and white distinguish this book from the usual animal book. As does the brilliant and simple idea of these animals helping each other find the way to the zoo. Not to mention it's wonderful sense of humor, starting with the cover, where various sets of eyes look out at us from the darkness of the closed book, as if to say: Open it!
Published in 1962 and now reprinted for the first time, Which Way To The Zoo? is the story of some careless animals – with a moral message, as required by the canon – told with the unmistakable flair of one of the masters of American graphic design, William Wondriska.
It all starts off with the simple question that Mr. Mouse asked his friend Mr. Snake, “which way to the zoo?” An unanswered question that bounces from one animal to another (from an elephant and a rabbit to a crocodile and a giraffe), with ever-increasing curiosity and company. That is until the wise old owl – who from the top of his tree has seen and heard everything over the years – reveals what was obvious from the very first moment.
Graphic artist William Wondriska is counted among the leading figures in postwar American graphic design. After studying at Yale and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he taught at many universities across the United States and wrote eleven children’s books, many of which have been awarded by the American Institute of Graphic Arts.
16 x 24 cm
Illustrated, Animals, Vintage, Picture book