Monday, March 19, 2012

Zoola Palooza: A Book of Homographs by Gene Barretta


Author: Gene Barretta                                                                                                               

Book Information:
Publisher and date: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (June 21, 2011)
Reading level: Ages 5 and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 40 pages
Genre: fiction picture book
ISBN: 978-0805091076

Book Theme: 
homographs, humor, animals, fun with words.

Book Summary from
The all-animal touring concert group Zoola Palooza has come to town. With a motley crew of animals playing a variety of instruments, homographs abound (homographs are words that are spelled the same but sound different and have different meanings). Billy the striped BASS opens the show wearing a big BOW tie. He gives a gracious BOW from the top of his BASS fiddle.

This terrific companion to Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones brings homographs to the spotlight for a show-stopping good time.

Activity Adventures:

Young Readers:
EZ School has a fun homographs game. Match the word to all its possible meanings. 
First Years School has a couple of activities to do with homographs

Older Readers:
Create your own list of Homographs and draw a picture to go along with them, such as a BASS playing a BASS.

There are several free homograph worksheets to print over at English Is For Everyone

Check out Barretta's fun page for some coloring and activity sheets.

Authors Arena
Gene Barretta is the author and illustrator of Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin and Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci. He is also author and illustrator of Dear Deer, which was a Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts and listed on the Parenting Magazine Mom-Tested Books of the Year List.  His awards include The 2007 Carolyn W. Field Award from the Pennsylvania Library Association. 

He holds a B.F.A. in Film Studies from New York University, and has worked for many years in film and television production. Before he entered the publishing world, Gene completed several animated films for Sesame Street and illustrated for the show Between The Lions.
He has also designed characters for The Jim Henson Company.

He lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, with his wife and son. (bio from


Gene Barretta said...

Thanks Jackie.
I appreciate the exposure on your site.
-Gene Barretta

Patricia T. said...

Oh, what a fun book! And very clever. I love the idea behind the play on words. Nice video. Kids will like this one!

Jackie Castle said...

Thanks Gene for stopping by. I've seen your Dear, Deer book in many classrooms I've worked in and was happy to see you continue writing books teachers can use to enhance their lessons. Great work!

Jackie Castle said...

I think they will too, Patricia. Teachers love these books that they can use to teach a lesson in a fun, entertaining way.