Rating: Significant Shortcomings
Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Dan Gutman
Illustrator: Jim Paillot
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Mr. Cooper’s class is getting a pet, and every student has a different opinion about what type of animal it should be. There is drama between classmates about who wants which animal and no one can agree. Many students decide a snake would be a great class pet, so they learn lots about snakes, especially the eastern hognose snake. The class brings in different pets for show and tell. The pets don’t get along much better than the students do. In the end, no pets die, they have a pet snake, and the students still don’t get along.
Young readers can learn about snakes and drama with friends in this book. There are children of a variety of races represented in this book. This book is an I Can Read! book, implying that children in the beginning stages of learning to read are reading it, but the children represented in it are and act much older. The students in the book are not very respectful of their teacher. The students have enemies in their own class and jealousy plays a big role in this book. This book has significant shortcomings.