Friday, February 11, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration - Book Forty-Two : Children and pets

A year or so ago I, like so many parents, was subjected to hearing "can I have a pet PLEASE. I promise to take care of it." Three guinea pigs later, my daughter has come to realize that pets are a lot of work. Today's picture book is about a little bear child who wants a pet of her own. Both children and parents will enjoy this one.

Children Make Terrible PetsPeter Brown
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Little Brown, 2010, 978-0-316-01548-6
   One day Lucy Beatrice Bear is out in the woods practicing her twirls when she comes across “the cutest critter in the whole forest.” She is thrilled with the little fellow and decides to call him Squeaker, “because he makes funny sounds.” Lucy begs her mother to allow her to keep the child (yes that is what he is) for a pet, even though she is told that “children make terrible pets.” Reluctantly, Lucy’s mother agrees, with the stipulation that Squeaker will be Lucy’s responsibility.
   Lucy and Squeaker have a wonderful time together, though Lucy discovers that having a pet can be a lot of work, and at times Squeaker is a real trial. For one thing, her pet refuses to be potty-trained, and for another, he loves to ruin the furniture. Then the worse thing possible happens. Squeaker disappears. Lucy is distraught. Where can her beloved pet be?
   Children are sure to enjoy this hilarious picture book with its loveable main character. Readers of all ages will love the way Peter Brown presents a familiar scenario in such a unique way. This book was written for all those children who have brought home an animal, and who have asked “can I keep him?” It was also written for all those long-suffering parents who have had to deal with all those wild animal pets who bring chaos and pandemonium in their lives. 

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