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* ImagineSpot: The entire book is Gerald imagining the improvements he'd make to the zoo.

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* ImagineSpot: The entire book is Gerald imagining the improvements he'd he would make to the zoo.


** The Fizza-ma-Wizza-ma-Dill, which eats pine trees.

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** The Fizza-ma-Wizza-ma-Dill, which eats pine trees.trees.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: The bustard is a real bird.

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* ElSpanishO: When Gerald claims to have brought an animal into his zoo from Russia, some of the words in his description end in "ski".

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''If I Ran the Zoo'' is a 1950 picture book by Creator/DrSeuss. A young boy called Gerald [=McGrew=], looking at his local zoo, muses about the wondrous creatures with which he could improve it if he were the zookeeper.

!!This book contains examples of the following tropes:
* GiantFlyer: The Fizza-ma-Wizza-ma-Dill is a bird gigantic enough to eat whole pine trees, which Gerald says he'll capture as the ultimate addition to his zoo.
* HeliCritter: One of the creatures Gerald says he'll catch is a bug with a propeller that allows him to travel cross-country.
* ImagineSpot: The entire book is Gerald imagining the improvements he'd make to the zoo.
* LongNeck: The Tufted Mazurka has a throat so long it takes about a month and a half for food to make it to its stomach.
* PickyEater: Many of the creatures Gerald talks about catching only eat very specific things:
** The Obsk, which eats corn and rhubarb
** The Bustard, which eats custard with mustard sauce
** The Flustard, which eats mustard with custard sauce
** The Fizza-ma-Wizza-ma-Dill, which eats pine trees.

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