Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool
Author: Elise Broach
Illustrator: Eric Barclay
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
The little boy wanted something to take care of. Something of his very own. After begging and begging his mother, she finally agreed and get the boy a puppy. One day, the puppy decided he wanted a pet of his own, something to love and care for. So the puppy got a pet kitty. The three were great friends and did everything together. Then, the kitty decided she wanted a pet of her own, too! Then that pet wanted a pet and so on until mother realized just how many pets were in the house and wasn’t happy about it. The boy and his team of pets then come up with a way to make sure all the pets get to stay, but also make sure mom is happy.
This creative and humorous book by Elise Broach is a fun read that kids will love to follow along with. Teaching the value of responsibility and reward, this sweet story does a wonderful job of capturing the joy that comes from taking care of a pet. The clever illustrations and various perspectives add a subtle humor that will have the reader instantly falling in love with this book. Great for a classroom read aloud or fun bed time story, you don’t have to be an animal lover to enjoy this book!