Jacob O'Reilly Wants a Pet

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Little Jacob O'Reilly's desire for a pet, and what he does about it, is a delightfully funny story told in verse and complemented with wonderful whimsical illustrations on every page.

• He asked for a dog but Dad didn't want fleas.
He tried for a cat but the fur made Mom sneeze.

• Young readers will giggle as they turn this book's pages and see the many different animals that Jacob O'Reilly is willing to adopt. If he can't have a dog or a cat, he'd be happy to settle for ...

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Overview


Little Jacob O'Reilly's desire for a pet, and what he does about it, is a delightfully funny story told in verse and complemented with wonderful whimsical illustrations on every page.

• He asked for a dog but Dad didn't want fleas.
He tried for a cat but the fur made Mom sneeze.

• Young readers will giggle as they turn this book's pages and see the many different animals that Jacob O'Reilly is willing to adopt. If he can't have a dog or a cat, he'd be happy to settle for gerbils, or hamsters, or mice, or even an iguana—but Mom and Dad don't agree. Jacob's imagination runs wild when he visualizes himself as the owner of a giant emu—or a walrus. But the fun really starts when Mom and Dad allow Jacob to start up his own pet-sitting business. Suddenly, he has more pets than he can handle! Finally, at story's end, Jacob finds an unusual little pet that is all his own. Here's a laugh-filled tale for reading aloud to toddlers, or for early graders to enjoy reading by themselves. Color illustrations on every page.

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K-Gr 2—Jacob wants a pet more than anything. After his requests for a dog or cat are refused (Dad doesn't want fleas and cats make Mom sneeze), he suggests more exotic animals like an iguana, walrus, or emu. For each pet, the boy outlines the advantages of adopting one. An emu "is said to be quite an affectionate bird, and although it is tall and needs quite a large nest, it keeps to itself and is never a pest." Perhaps in an effort to discourage him, his parents suggest that Jacob start a pet-sitting business, a rather illogical solution. He puts up a big sign in the yard and soon the house is overrun by dogs, cats, donkeys, rabbits, and even a zebra and a snake. The young animal lover soon realizes how much work caring for pets can be. After two chaotic weeks, the critters go home and Jacob discovers a lovable snail, which turns out to be the perfect pet for him. The bright illustrations add humor to the madcap story, and the artist deftly captures the unique personalities of the individual animals. When a sweating Jacob takes all of the pets for "a marathon run," he struggles to hang onto countless leashes as the dogs, cats, livestock, and rodents race down the road and a harnessed sheep pulls the snake in its aquarium. Barbro Lindgren's Julia Wants a Pet (R&S Bks., 2003) is a more convincing treatment of this popular theme.—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764163111
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Lynne Rickards was born in Canada but lives today in Scotland. She began writing children's books after telling many stories to her own growing children. Many of the young characters in her stories have been inspired by her children's activities and interests.

• Lee Wildish has illustrated many books for the JUVenile and young adult market, including Mom and Dad Glue, which is also published in North America by Barron's.

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