Hieronymous Betts and His Unusual Pets

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Hieronymus Betts certainly has some very unusual pets. All of his pets are gruesome and disgusting, but Hieronymus knows of something even slimier than Slugapotamus, fiercer than the grizzly hare, and smellier than Stinker the bog hog! What could it be? Visual jokes and a delightfully disgusting collection of creatures are especially appealing to young readers, and the easy-to-read text is fast-paced, short, and funny.
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Overview


Hieronymus Betts certainly has some very unusual pets. All of his pets are gruesome and disgusting, but Hieronymus knows of something even slimier than Slugapotamus, fiercer than the grizzly hare, and smellier than Stinker the bog hog! What could it be? Visual jokes and a delightfully disgusting collection of creatures are especially appealing to young readers, and the easy-to-read text is fast-paced, short, and funny.
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Publishers Weekly
As a young collector of animal exotica, Hieronymus Betts has a dragon, of course, as well as a slugapotamus, a greater-spotted howler bird, a sabre-toothed rhino-toad, a porcupython, a grizzly hare, a corpulent bog hog, and a sui generis critter simply called "Oojamaflip the whatchamacallit" (his "strangest pet"). Each pet outdoes the next (e.g., "but Hieronymus knows of something even stranger!"). But these critters' repellent bizarreness is nothing compared with the noise, smell, fierceness, slime or overall strangeness found in... the hero's pesky little brother-a child Robertson (The Great Dragon Rescue) pictures as so monstrous that he has no qualms about kicking over his full potty or pulling down Hieronymus's pants. This is essentially one long build-up to a punchline that's then disappointingly defanged (readers are assured that the sibling is "more fun than any pet could ever be!"). Still, the weird hybrids and monstrosities in Hieronymus's stable are hilariously imagined, with ink lines and watercolor wash. Robertson has a flair for sickly colors and making girth and effluence palpably noxious: the bog hog looks like a naked Winston Churchill gone to seed, while the slugapotamus, who crawls upside-down along the spread's top margin, oozes snot-colored slime from crater-like pustules (Hieronymus employs an umbrella for protection). It's a menagerie virtually guaranteed to elicit approving cries of "Gross!" Ages 3-7. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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PreS-Gr 1-A fresh, lighthearted look at sibling relations. What could be slimier than a slugapotamus, noisier than a greater-spotted howler bird, and stranger than a whatchamacallit? One by one, Hieronymus introduces the fantastical creatures that he keeps as pets, then promises that he knows of something even worse than these unusual animals. "Dare you turn this page to find out?" It's his little brother (complete with devil's costume and pitchfork). Colorful, slightly retro cartoons capture the energy of the text. Stinker the bog hog is impressively disgusting and Cuddles the porcupython is satisfyingly creepy. The artwork leaves no question about the younger child's behavior: he is shown impaling a teddy bear on his pitchfork, biting his brother on the bottom, and kicking over a full potty. While these depictions may give adults pause, older siblings are likely to sympathize with Hieronymus and enjoy reading about a younger sibling more treacherous than their own. As the story ends, the two boys chase away a fierce grizzly hare, and Hieronymus concludes that despite all his flaws, his brother is more fun than any pet could ever be. With its repetitive language and imaginative names, this book is great for reading aloud. It's sure to be popular with older siblings everywhere.-Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845072896
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/10/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.74 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 0.06 (d)

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