Hiding Hoover

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Their daddy always says “NO PETS!” But when these two kids find anirresistible dragon named Hoover right in their own backyard, they just have to have him—and HIDE him, because their dad will be home soon! Should they, can they, stuff him in a closet, try a disguise, or, hmmm . . . help him blend in with other things in the house? Every pet-loving kid will find plenty to giggle over as two determined siblings take an imaginative approach to the house “no pets” rule—and make a ...
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Overview

Their daddy always says “NO PETS!” But when these two kids find anirresistible dragon named Hoover right in their own backyard, they just have to have him—and HIDE him, because their dad will be home soon! Should they, can they, stuff him in a closet, try a disguise, or, hmmm . . . help him blend in with other things in the house? Every pet-loving kid will find plenty to giggle over as two determined siblings take an imaginative approach to the house “no pets” rule—and make a gigantic new friend.

Two children must find a way around their father's "no pets" rule when a friendly dragon appears in their backyard.

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Children's Literature
How do you hide a dragon? That is just what two youngsters must do when they lure a dragon eating dandelions in their backyard into their home. Because Daddy has said, "No pets!" the pair tries in vain to hide the spiky creature. When disguises do not work, they "hide" Hoover in plain sight. Readers will squeal with delight as the myopic dad fails to notice the new coat rack in the hall, the new chandelier that sends out warm flames, or the handy flappy umbrella that keeps them dry on their walk in the rain. As the children are tucked into bed at night, Hoover spreads his wings like a gentle canopy over them and lulls them to sleep with a soothing hah-swish, hah-swish, hah-swish. The children go to sleep content because dad has not noticed anything out of the ordinary and Hoover can stay. What a clever take on the "Dad, can we have a pet?" theme! The story is fresh and original. The acrylic illustrations with their exaggerated shapes perfectly match the stretch and girth of the dragon. Onomatopoeic refrains peppered throughout the text are ideally suited to this whimsical tale. 2005, Dial, Ages 5 to 8.
—Beverley Fahey
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K-Gr 2-A brother and sister desperately want a pet, but their father won't agree to the idea. When the children discover an aptly named voracious dragon in the backyard, they promptly adopt him and try to keep their father from learning their secret. Some extraordinary camouflages are used and, as the children believe, "Daddy didn't notice a thing." Is the man really so obtuse? Readers' credulity is strained when Hoover becomes a flying umbrella-as well as a chandelier, stepladder, coat stand, and, of course, a vacuum cleaner. Folksy, brilliant illustrations are the main reason this book succeeds. While its premise is a familiar one and the language generally uninspired, the joyful silliness of each intensely colored and fearlessly cluttered picture drives the story forward. David LaRochelle's The Best Pet of All (Dutton, 2004), Dan Yaccarino's An Octopus Followed Me Home (Viking, 1997), and Jake Wolf's Daddy, Could I Have an Elephant? (HarperCollins, 1996) are all superior books about unusual pets. Hiding Hoover might be swallowed by the competition if not for the lively illustrations and a dragon with a very funny name.-Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Readers may trip over some unfilled gaps in this tale of a single parent who-evidently-quietly changes his "No Pets!" stance. Knowing that their father has always denied their most earnest entreaties for a pet, two children desperately try to hide the friendly dragon that appears one day in the back yard. As it happens, they needn't have bothered, for even though the new green "coat stand" eats his hat, the flaming "lamp" produces melting heat and the "reading chair" dumps its occupants, "Daddy never noticed a thing!" Though she does add plenty of amusing detail to her canted, topsy-turvy cartoon scenes, Huliska-Beith misses the chance to connect the dots here; showing not even a change of expression, Dad still comes off as totally oblivious-at least, until he casually sits down, post-bedtime, for a game of cards with the house's huge new resident. From Steven Kellogg's Mysterious Tadpole (1977) to M.P. Robertson's The Egg (2001), tales featuring the sudden arrival of oversized pets generally show better-knit internal logic. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803727069
  • Publisher: Dial
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.36 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Elise Broach

Elise Broach lives with her family in rural Connecticut, where she writes books for children and teens, including When Dinosaurs Came With Everything, Shakespeare's Secret and Wet Dog!, and serves in town government. Visit Elise at www.elisebroach.com.

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