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Reviewed by Lois J Wickstrom for Readers' Favorite
I’m a Keeper, written and illustrated by Robert Scully, is a romp through a zoo and a pun book, too. The zookeeper has a list of animal care duties for the day. The cat wants to help. At first, the zookeeper, who is drawn as a friendly woman, tells the cat to go away. But the cat keeps coming back. And the cat keeps doing things that the zookeeper misunderstands. Oh, no! The cat appears to be making the zookeeper’s job harder. But, is she actually helping? The zookeeper is quick-thinking, observant, kind, and very polite. She remembers to thank the cat every time she figures out that the cat is also a zookeeper who gets along well with the other animals and wants to take care of them.
What exactly does that cat mean when she says, “I’m a keeper"? Is she a zookeeper? Has she found her forever home? In I’m a Keeper, this cat means both, and she means business. The zookeeper has a list of animals who need her attention. Feeding. Washing. Healing. Playing with them. One by one, as she goes down the list, the cat jumps into the action. Is the cat stealing the seal’s food? Playing with the lion’s bandage? Hiding behind the elephant’s ear? Robert Scully’s cute illustrations and his choice of a female zookeeper help introduce this profession to young readers. Her patience with the cat is particularly endearing. That cat, and this book, are keepers.