Could you say no to a sweet little pet with nowhere to go? How about a pet with big green, watery eyes and eight squiggly legs just made for cuddling? All you need is a big heart, an understanding parent, and a house that isn't just a home it's a complete zoo! Dan Yaccarino sets this comic tale in motion with bright, bold art that bursts off the page. This story will make any parent or child who's ever confronted a sweet, homeless ball of fur ...
Could you say no to a sweet little pet with nowhere to go? How about a pet with big green, watery eyes and eight squiggly legs just made for cuddling? All you need is a big heart, an understanding parent, and a house that isn't just a home it's a complete zoo! Dan Yaccarino sets this comic tale in motion with bright, bold art that bursts off the page. This story will make any parent or child who's ever confronted a sweet, homeless ball of fur consider carefully and laugh out loud.
Dan Yaccarino is the illustrator of M.C. Helldorfer's Carnival and the author/illustrator of If I Had a Robot of which Kirkus said, "Vibrant colors in geometric shapes spill across the pages...Yaccarino keeps the visual suspense going." Mr. Yaccarino's work has appeared in a variety of galleries and publications, as well as on book jackets and children's toys.
When a girl brings home an octopus and wants to keep him as a pet, her daddy reminds her of the crocodile, seals, and other inappropriate animals she has already brought into the house to create chaos.
"With a plot and images fueled by imagination and exaggeration," said PW, this tale is for anyone who can't resist a stray pet. Ages 3-8. (Feb.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
- Sue Reichard
The vibrant colors and whimsical illustrations add to the magic quality of this book. The lyrical prose tells the story of a young girl who brings home an octopus and asks to keep him. Her father reminds her of all the other creatures she has already brought home. This book is a joy to read.
School Library Journal
PreS-KYaccarino's retro colors and shapes tell the story of a little girl who brings home yet another straythe octopus of the title being only the latest addition to a menagerie that includes crocodiles under the bed, seals in the pool, penguins in the fridge, mountain goats on the roof, and two elephants in the garage. Dad finally has had it and sends his daughter out to take the eight-legged creature back to the sea. She isn't too upset, since she picks up another stray (a dinosaur) on the way home. The rhyming text is graphically expressed in rounded, large illustrations. Flat lime greens, burnt oranges, and mustard yellows highlight the double-page spreads and will carry well for group sharing. Youngsters will delight in the silliness of the pets who take over the house. Pair this with Jake Wolf's Daddy, Could I Have an Elephant? (Greenwillow, 1995) and Hiawyn Oram's A Boy Wants a Dinosaur (Farrar, 1991) for storytime use.Lisa Falk, Los Angeles Public Library.
Assembling a menagerie of pets to perturb parents is nothing new, found in Steven Kellogg's Can I Keep Him? (1971) and Jake Wolf's Daddy Could I Have an Elephant? (1996), to name two. Superb illustrations make this take on the idea especially memorable. Yaccarino (see review above) keeps the plot simple: When a girl drags home an octopus, her dad decides the eight-legger is one pet too many. He points out that she's already collected the mountain goats on the roof, a bear snoozing behind the sofa, and a refrigerator full of penguins. Reluctantly, the little girl tosses her pal back into the briny deep. She's sad, but not for long; during the return trip, a dinosaur follows her home. The lumpy animal portraits are perfect at conveying the larger animals' bulk; the creatures packed into one room look like escaped balloons from Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Smaller creatures are painted creatively, too: Penguins line the refrigerator rack like a row of bowling pins, and rabbits appear to be part bunny, part carrot.