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Two Moms, the Zark and Me

By (author) Johnny Valentine
Illustrated by Angelo Lopez
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Alyson Publications Inc, Boston, United States
Published: 30th Nov 1994
Dimensions: w 225mm h 220mm d 13mm
Weight: 476g
Interest age: Under 6-10
Reading age: 4-8
ISBN-10: 1555832369
ISBN-13: 9781555832360
Barcode No: 9781555832360

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While his moms chat with a friend in the park, the narrator (in spritely verse that emulates Dr. Seuss with somewhat mixed success) wanders into the zoo, where "...I saw a tame Zark./The Zark is so rare,/They once thought it extinct./But the Zark seemed to like me./She saw me...and winked." After a friendly game of catch with the dinosaur-like Zark (the kid is the bail), he realizes he's lost; worse, the McFinks, who volunteer to help him find his parents, are horrified that they are both moms ("It's wrong! It's a Sin! Not at all how I think!/The only true family's a family like ours:/With a mom, and a dad, and two kids, and two cars"). The McFinks are about to force the unwilling boy on new parents when the Zark intervenes; and before he gets back to his own moms, he meets a nice couple who explain that "real families come/In all forms and all sizes" - with plenty of diverse examples. Lopez debuts here with sunny colors and a dynamic cartoon style that helps propel the story as much as the witty, rhythmic text. An entertaining way to state a message that's more straightforwardly conveyed in photos of actual families in Aylette Jenness's Families: A Celebration of Diversity, Commitment and Love (1990). (Kirkus Reviews)