Picks and Pans Review: New for Children

updated 09/16/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/16/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>AT THE ZOO

YEP, Paul Simon is RECYCLING HIS OLD SONG. QUESTION is, How will the "hamsters turn on frequently" line be handled in a kids' book? It appears the hamsters just turn on their headlamps to warm up a polar bear. Right. Otherwise the tune's lyrics make for a lively book. The whimsically anthropomorphizing drawings by Valéie Michaut have a life of their own. (Two reactionary zebras, in police uniforms, have name tags: STARSKY and HUTCH.) This could provide Simon with a new subindustry; imagine, say, "The Boxer," complete with a horse on Seventh Avenue. (Double-day, $15)

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