This book was adorable. As someone who has worked in an office her entire adult life, I found the characters hilarious, and so like what you find in an office environment. The kids loved the animals and found the story to be a lot of fun!
This story is about an alligator that is starting his first day at the office and tries to take the advice of his co-workers on how to fit in. He finds that each co-worker’s advice is just not a good fit for him, and to truly find his rhythm at the office, he needs to just be himself.
I really loved that while this is a story about an adult going to work, it was so easy for the kids to understand and relate to what is happening. They both truly enjoyed this book, and we have read it multiple times now because they continue to ask for it!
The illustrations are adorable. It looks expertly hand-drawn with bright, vibrant colors that made the kids want to inspect every detail!
Overall, this one was a lot of fun to read, and I enjoyed it as much as my little ones!
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend Animals at the Office for any young child. The message is easy to understand, and the story is quite a bit of fun!
Where to Find This Book:
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It’s Gator’s first day at his new office job, and he is surrounded by quirky personalities like the slow slug, the obedient dog, the aggressive hawk, and the chatty chicken. He is eager to fit in with his new co-workers, so he tries to be like them. But acting like everyone else doesn’t work out for him, and he learns a valuable lesson about himself instead.
Featuring hand-drawn illustrations, vibrant colors, and rhymes, Animals at the Office sparks dialogue regarding first-day jitters, fitting in with new crowds, and embracing one’s own special traits despite being surrounded by others who are different. Adults may relate to the featured characters based on their own experiences at an office and can use the book to talk more with children about their own job and what going to work means for them.
Just the Facts:
Animals at the Office by Sarah Sommer
Page Count: 40 pages
Publisher: Sarah Sommer
Pub Date: October 1, 2020
Sarah Sommer enjoys working with words in a way that makes the story feel musical and rhythmical, which is a reflection of her first career in music as a professional clarinetist. She is passionate about animals and enjoys nature, the arts, and dark chocolate.
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.