Guest Blogger: Jo Linsdell, Author of Out and About at the Zoo

Rhyming text and colourful pictures accompany this fun day out discovering different animals at the zoo.


 5 Stars

“Out and About at the Zoo by Jo Linsdell is a delightful story set in rhyme about a boy and his mum. The two spend the day at the zoo and meet many animals along the way. Your child will enjoy reading this book time and time again. The colorful illustrations make this book a joy to read. Pick up a copy of this book and share a day at the zoo memory with your little one”.
By Kate Mueller, Author of Bella’s Birthday Surprise

 5 Stars

“Out And About At The Zoo is a cute book that describes a child’s memory filled trip to the zoo. Are you heading to the zoo and you would like to tell your kids what animals they will see there and what they might be doing? Then Out And About At The Zoo would be a great choice. Easy to understand and easy for children to read along with. It is filled with simple yet colorful pictures that even held my one year old’s attention!

Would also make a good gift for young readers who are just beginning to read!”
By Virginia L. Jennings, Author

The challenges and rewards of writing for children by Jo Linsdell

My first children’s picture book Out and About at the Zoo was released on 1st June. Although I’ve published books in the past, this is the first time as a children’s author and my first time as illustrator. Although the publishing process has been filled with challenges and rewards, the whole experience has been amazing and I’ll definitely be working on more books in this genre in the future.

The challenges

Writing a children’s book isn’t as easy as a lot of people might think. As a standard children’s book is only 32 pages long there isn’t a lot of space in which to tell the story. With such limited space every word counts. In the case of picture books the author also needs to find a balance between the text and the illustrations.

The illustrations were the hardest part to prepare. Drawing the sketches was easy but making them digital and print quality was a whole different story. I had to battle my way through transparencies and layers, embedding text and other technical issues before the book was finished. I’d studied art and design at college and thought I’d be able to do it without any problems, but I would have been lost without the technical graphic advice from a friend.

Children are very honest and forward about what they think of a book. The toughest critics on the block! They have very clear ideas about what they like and what they don’t. To write a book that children like you have to think like a child. What words do they know? What appeals to them? What will make them want to read your book over and over again?

The rewards

Producing a children’s book is hard work but it’s worth it. The satisfaction of seeing a child reading your book is far greater some how that if an adult did it. Probably because with children you need to win them over from word go and keep them interested in different way than for adults. It’s also special to think you played a role in installing a love of books in a child and played a part in the first stages of them learning how to read.

Jo Linsdell is the author and illustrator of the rhyming children’s picture book OUT AND ABOUT AT THE ZOO. Find out more about her at

Release Date: 1st June 2012 

Product details:

ISBN/EAN13: 1477446591 / 9781477446591

Page Count: 32

Binding Type: US Trade Paper

Trim Size: 6″ x 9″

Language: English

Colour: Full Colour with Bleed

Related Categories: Juvenile Fiction / Stories in Verse

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