Daniel_Daniels_and_the_World's_Worst_Zoo_Cover_Small-1Title: Daniel Daniel’s World’s Worst Zoo

Author: Robbie Yates

Genre: Children’s Book / Contemporary

Release Date: June 21st, 2018

Format: DRC


Daniel Daniels spends most of his time doing one of two things:
1. Avoiding the school bully, or
2. Hanging out with his animal friends.

Unfortunately, Daniel’s animal friends all live at The World’s Worst Zoo, run by the cruel and crabby Mr. Gregory.

One day, an unfortunate incident with some ointment at the zoo leaves Daniel with a few special tricks up his sleeve—tricks that he can use to save the animals, and teach Mr. Gregory a lesson.

Curious, witty and sweet, this adventurous chapter book will charm and thrill the young and the young-at-heart!


The title suggests a lot, I was driven to read what it is about now, I tried months ago but I do not want to force myself into reading something I wasn’t in the mood for or I would have ended up hating it. I do not want it to be clouded by such judgment. And an unfair one. But here I am now, enjoyed Daniel Daniels and the World’s Worst Zoo a lot.

Daniel Daniels is being bullied in school and his parent doesn’t give the attention he deserves. Upon something, he didn’t say. They gave him a pass for zoo visits. Every day after school Daniel Daniels visits the zoo. As it turns out it is the worst on there is. He sees how the animals are maltreated and the place they call home now is a disaster. Because of the greedy zoo owner did all of it for the sake of gaining profit. between avoiding bullies and doing visits to the zoo an adventure of a lifetime began one day when something spilled over Daniel. Could it be the key to finally teach the greedy owner a lesson?

I have enjoyed it so much, it was compelling to read and it teachers some high values and responsibilities of taking an animal under your care. And what is the best way for it to be read by? Children of course!

It is perfect for middle graders to read such a book, it has charming characters, humans and animals alike. And who knew a non-living bin could also have a character if you look closer… a handful of witty twists in the plot at it an adventurous one. And the poem for the animals was a great touch!



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Related Daniel Daniels and the World’s Worst Zoo: Excerpt

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Title: One Very Odd Teacher

Author: Robbie Yates

Genre: Children’s Book / Contemporary

Release Date:

Format: DRC


The humming noise got louder. Adam willed himself to focus. He had to finish his math test.

Suddenly, the noise became unbearable. He glanced up.

Mrs. Murphy was inches away, leaning over another kid’s desk. Was the noise coming from her?


Every child remembers a teacher who was a little bizarre, prickly or ill-tempered. Some teachers, though, are very odd indeed and warrant some closer attention…

This quirky chapter book will thrill kids who are adventurous, brave, and a little bit cheeky!


I am pouring my thoughts out here over One Very Odd Teacher as if I was reading this when I was in elementary. I love, love, love this better.

At school being terrible at math, letting the day pass without being called out by the teacher was Adam’s life. One time he had to stay up later to pick up his things and started to hear weird noises. Days later he started to notice more odd behavior from his teacher. His teacher’s behavior intensifies and emphasizes strongly over their pen usage. Adam and his friend find it very odd and wanted to get to the bottom of it all. When they uncovered the real reason behind they were shocked and now their moral compass is out on the line. Will they be doing the right thing? Will their principal believe them?

Oh, this read is filled with adventures, juggling life at home and in school. Adam is motivated by unveiling the truth to the world. Such characters to look out for a growing person and a grown-up even is lovely to read. I love how invested and very detective like Adam and Jennifer are in proving not just by their observation but by taking further pieces of evidence to prove it wholly.

I think everyone can relate to having that one or two memorable teachers you had back then. I love how this book made me feel nostalgic and young again. With the mention of teachers you had then it’s really a blast in the past made me think of mine too. Young again because I called it, I was figuring out the odd teacher and I was right! My inner child is unbecoming.

The actions shown by Adam is something to look up to, perfect for the young ones-adult alike even. Robbie Yates is amazing! I have learned numerous things from the book. He had woven something that will later raise questions of what ifs, stories that’ll be open beyond itself.  A book that I am sure of all ages will love and grow to love. He just became an auto-read author too.

  • Adventurous Journey
  • Brilliant Characters
  • Thrilling Plot

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Lastly, check out this character interview of Adam by Shalini of Book Reviews by Shalini.



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After recess, Mrs Murphy handed out a math test. The day got immeasurably worse.

Adam dropped his head into his hands. He knew he was going to fail.

“During this test,” Mrs Murphy announced, “you’ll need to use the TrooCo pencils from your stationery packs. You aren’t allowed to help others, and you must keep your eyes on your own work. Anyone caught copying will get a zero on the test, and a visit to Principal Sharley.”

She moved closer to where Adam and Jennifer sat. She peered at Adam pointedly. “I don’t think I need to remind you that we will all be doing this silently.”

She handed out the tests and Adam searched in his pencil case for a TrooCo pencil. He found one just as the test slid onto his desk.

He glanced at the first page. It looked incomprehensible. He sighed, wrote his name at the top, and shot Jennifer a desperate look. She shrugged her shoulders, already a few questions in.

Adam stared at Question 1. It began with a picture of a donut.

A teacher needs to chop a donut into thirty pieces, the instructions said. Every child in the class should get the same-sized piece. Draw a diagram to show how it can be done.

Adam frowned. What sort of teacher gives each child one thirtieth of a donut? he thought.

He strummed his fingers on his chin, trying to figure out what he had to do, but a high-pitched hum was distracting him. Adam forced himself to ignore the noise and concentrate on his test.

Under Question 2, there were several identical cartoon socks. The question was about sorting them into groups of three. Who groups their socks in threes? Adam thought, rolling his eyes. They belong in pairs!

The high-pitched humming sound got louder. Adam willed himself to focus.

The answer to the sock problem was on the tip of his tongue when the humming became unbearable. He glanced up.

Mrs Murphy was inches away, leaning over another kid’s desk. Was the noise coming from her?

Adam frowned. Mrs Murphy shuffled over to another part of the room, and the humming faded. He looked over at Jennifer, trying to make eye contact. But Jennifer, diligent as always, was engrossed in the second page of the test.

He kept staring at Jennifer, hoping she’d feel his eyes on her and look up. All of a sudden, the humming sound became louder again, ringing in his ears like an angry mosquito.

Adam looked up. Mrs Murphy was standing right in front of him, her eyes fixed on his. The hum was deafening. “Keep your eyes on your own work, Adam,” she said. Adam nodded, gulped, and stared back down at his test, hoping she’d go away.

From that moment onwards, every time Adam glanced up from his test, Mrs Murphy was staring right at him. He tried as hard as he could to keep his eyes on his paper, but the noise was making it impossible to think. His score on this test was going to be abysmal.

Once the test was finally over, and Mrs Murphy had gathered up all the papers, he leant over to Jennifer. “Please tell me you heard that!” he whispered.

“Heard what?” she asked, raising her eyebrows. Her freckles jumped across her face.

“That noise, during the test. That weird humming.”

Jennifer shook her head. Melodramatically, she touched Adam’s forehead, checking for a fever. Adam rolled his eyes.

“I’m not going crazy,” he said. “I heard something. It was bizarre.”

Sure you did,” said Jennifer, crossing her arms. “It’s lucky it’s nearly home time, kid. I think you need some rest.”

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Author Bio

Hipster breakfast egg characters with mustache, beard, black bowler hat and glasses. Creative design holiday poster eggs cups. drawn gentleman faces vintage style. gray background.

Robbie Yates is an author based in the vibrant city of Melbourne, Australia. He enjoys the crunch of autumn leaves and eating tasty snacks from his childhood.

In his free time, Robbie likes to read the stories of Roald Dahl, Paul Jennings, and J.K. Rowling. Robbie also likes to go geocaching, play board games, and have water-balloon fights.

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