*I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from the publisher with request for a review. This does not impact the content of my review.*
Book: My Pet Wants a Pet
Author: Elise Broach
Illustrator: Eric Barclay
Published: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company Books for Young Readers (An imprint of MacMillan Children’s Publishing Group)
Genre: Picture Book
Format: Print ARC
Once there was a boy who wanted something to take care of. Something of his very own. He begged his mother for a puppy. Until she said YES!
The boy loved his puppy. He fed him and played with him and cuddled him. But soon, the dog wanted something to take care of–something of his very own. So the dog gets a pet cat; then the cat gets a pet bird; the bird gets a pet worm; the worm gets a pet flea . . . and on and on it goes as utter chaos ensues. (Goodreads)
My rating: 5 stars
I loved this book! It’s a must have.
My Pet Wants a Pet is sure to bring out giggles. Lots of giggles.
A boy wants a pet, then his puppy wants a pet and on and on and on. And yet, the boy discovers what it means, deep down, to care for someone and have someone care for you. It is sweet and lovely.
The rhyming’s fun rhythm, the exasperation of the mom, and the repetition of the phrasing all combine to create a book that begs to be read aloud by an enthusiastic narrator. The layout, font size and language also are perfect for young readers to decipher themselves and read aloud to their parent or teacher.
I already want to read it again. Aloud. To Myself.
The illustrations remind me of a colouring book. They are simple and colourful with clean lines and fun details. Each page has cute or funny moments to point out and laugh at.
And, really importantly, the book includes a lot of beautiful diversity and representation. The main character, the boy, is black. His mom is not. From what I can tell from the details in the pages, he appears to be mixed race. There is only one parent in the story, a mom. There are people of different colours, men with poodles, dogs with walkers. The boy is also shown not only playing but also taking care of his pet and helping wash dishes.
The words and the illustrations say a lot of really wonderful things without being preachy. Diversity, helping each other, taking care of one another, and breaking stereotypes are all shown as normal. And that makes me really happy.
My Pet Wants a Pet is fun, funny, and has a really good message.