What would happen if your moose wanted to go to the movies? What if your rhino begged to go dancing? What if your pig pleaded to shop? Say "No!" Because, as the unsuspecting pet owner in this book learns, taking peculiar pets to people places can lead to pandemonium! Karin Ireland's hilarious verse and David Catrow's wacky visuals just might convince you that sometimes it's best to leave your creatures at ...
What would happen if your moose wanted to go to the movies? What if your rhino begged to go dancing? What if your pig pleaded to shop? Say "No!" Because, as the unsuspecting pet owner in this book learns, taking peculiar pets to people places can lead to pandemonium!
Karin Ireland's hilarious verse and David Catrow's wacky visuals just might convince you that sometimes it's best to leave your creatures at home.
Mayhem ensues when when a little girl takes unusual pets like a rhinoceros and a kangaroo to places usually reserved for people.
"If you want to have fun without worry,/ Listen to what you should do:/ Leave all of the animals tucked in at home/ And take only people with you." Ireland (Wonderful Nature, Wonderful You) proves this concluding advice applies to every possible pet and situation, whether it involves a duck at a wedding reception (the waterfowl may use the punch fountain as a splash pool) or an elephant at the beach (the pachyderm will require countless bottles of sunscreen, and "You'll barely cover his legs"). The rhyme and meter can be hit and miss, but many of the scenarios will keep readers in stitches. Catrow's (Plantzilla) editorial-style watercolors, with their distorted perspectives and goofy details (one of the mall stores pictured bears the sign "Tons of Putty"), plunge readers into a funhouse-mirror world. A redheaded boy resembling an upside-down bowling pin owns the pets in question; his presence unites the spreads and his expressions offer witty punctuation to every improbable scenario. When confronted by a movie usher about his moose companion, for instance, he flashes a theatrically innocent smile; when a huge pet pig wallows in the mud of a planter at the mall, he shoots the animal a look of disdain worthy of any frustrated parent. Readers will likely relish this extended retort to the perennial question, "Why can't the pet come?" Ages 3-7. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
These brief warnings in rhythmic verse lay out a series of zany events that may occur on outings with some more or less unusual pets. Your pig, for example, if taken shopping, will stop to play in the dirt, "And you won't get to shop at all." You'll never be able to cover all of your elephant with the necessary lotion if you take him to the beach. If you take your skunk on a plane and the ride gets bumpy, "There could be a terrible stink!" Your moose will make it impossible for others to see over his antlers in the movie theater. Your duck will end up swimming in the wedding reception punch. And so the silly warnings go, to the final advice to "take only people with you." These verses are a perfect encouragement for Catrow to create animal caricatures in almost reasonable situations, which he manages to make irresistibly comic. Long double-page watercolor scenes house frantic reactions such as street traffic's response to taking your snake for a slither. Even the people are depicted in humorous caricature, but still as believable people. 2003, Harcourt,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-In this cautionary tale, a boy is advised not to take his unusual pets anywhere-"Don't take your skunk on an airplane," "Don't take your moose to the movies," etc. His pig will make a slobbery mess, and the snake will terrorize the neighborhood. The watercolor with black-line art is hilarious as each animal (rabbit, chimpanzee, frog, duck, and more) creates its own peculiar ruckus, and the boy's wide-eyed surprise suspends him in concentrated animation as the action swirls around him. Judith Barrett's Animals Should Definitely Not Act Like People (Aladdin, 1988) makes for simpler amusement whereas Ireland broadens the fun with four-line rhymes per page. At the end, the child holds his palm out to stop the pets as he walks with his oblivious parents and younger sister. His wise expression suggests that he will never go out with members of that motley group again. A verbal and visual treat.-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
In the tradition of Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing (1989) and Hints from Heloise (1984), here is a collection of things readers might not want to do and places they might not want to go with several types of outrageous, exotic pets. "Don’t take your duck to a wedding reception / Where punch is served in a fountain. / He’ll take one look and jump in for a swim. / No, it’s better you go there without him." The tyke in each of the double-paged, full-bleed illustrations has quite a menagerie. In the end, he wisely leaves his animals safely tucked in at home and takes only his family with him when he goes out. Adult author Ireland’s second outing for youngsters is sure to entertain the young with its silliness and the old with its witty rhymes. Catrow has been let loose here, his bright, typically bizarre watercolors an excellent match even if the male duck mentioned in the verse above seems somehow to have laid eggs in the punch. It’s a zoo full of fun for anyone. (Picture book. 4-8)