Me Want Pet!

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Cave Boy wants a pet more than anything. Can he find one that the whole family will agree on?

Cave Boy has lots of things. Rocks. Sticks. A club. But no pet! Cave Boy decides he must have a pet, but his parents object. He brings home animal after animal in hopes of overcoming his parents’ steadfast resistance, but his attempts are unsuccessful—until he finds a Dodo bird that is literally on the verge of extinction. And in a twist ending on a ...

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Overview

Cave Boy wants a pet more than anything. Can he find one that the whole family will agree on?

Cave Boy has lots of things. Rocks. Sticks. A club. But no pet! Cave Boy decides he must have a pet, but his parents object. He brings home animal after animal in hopes of overcoming his parents’ steadfast resistance, but his attempts are unsuccessful—until he finds a Dodo bird that is literally on the verge of extinction. And in a twist ending on a classic concept, Cave Boy and his family discover it’s worthwhile to have animal friends around.

With snappy text that is short, fun, and young, Me Want Pet! makes for an ideal read-aloud for the milk-and-cookies set.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this Stone Age comedy, Sauer (Mr. Duck Means Business) and Shea (I’m a Shark) imagine a child with a demand as old as time. Cave Boy begs his parents for an animal companion, but Mama sends Cave Boy’s woolly mammoth away (“He too big. Where he sleep?”), Papa is allergic to saber-toothed tigers (“Make me sneeze! No can stay”), and Gran does not trust a baby dodo’s bathroom habits. Yet when a buffalo stampede threatens the family, Cave Boy’s friends prove they could be helpful around the encampment. Shea composes digital cartoons in saturated hues of iron-ore red, fiery yellow, and mossy green. His thick outlines mimic strokes of charcoal, and he pictures the iconic Cave Boy with a mop of black hair and a leopard-print off-the-shoulder onesie—he’s younger and more wild-looking than the similarly single-minded prehistoric hero of Jeremy Tankard’s Me Hungry (2008). If Sauer’s humor basically depends upon caveman–pidgin English jokes, Cave Boy’s quest (and Shea’s in-your-face artwork) will resonate with readers. Ages 3–7. Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
"This account of the age-old bond between animals and children is ideally paced for read-aloud pleasure."—Kirkus

"A humorous read-aloud that’s both age-appropriate and entertaining...Sauer and Shea’s collaboration will entice readers."—School Library Journal

The adorably stilted language gives this go-round a fresh appeal, as do Shea’s wonderful digital illustrations, which put the roughly sketched Cave Boy atop constantly shifting and emotionally appropriate backgrounds of stone gray, hopeful yellow, and so on. The conclusion, in which the three animals save the day and all become pets, may make parents nervous. Pet-crazy kids, though, will say, “Me like.” BOOKLIST, March 1, 2012

From the Publisher
"This account of the age-old bond between animals and children is ideally paced for read-aloud pleasure."—Kirkus

"A humorous read-aloud that’s both age-appropriate and entertaining...Sauer and Shea’s collaboration will entice readers."—School Library Journal

The adorably stilted language gives this go-round a fresh appeal, as do Shea’s wonderful digital illustrations, which put the roughly sketched Cave Boy atop constantly shifting and emotionally appropriate backgrounds of stone gray, hopeful yellow, and so on. The conclusion, in which the three animals save the day and all become pets, may make parents nervous. Pet-crazy kids, though, will say, “Me like.” BOOKLIST, March 1, 2012

School Library Journal
PreS-K—Though he lives in a far-removed prehistoric world, Cave Boy suffers from that classic dilemma: the desire for a pet despite parental resistance. The youngster has all of the basics—rocks, sticks, and a club—yet his life is not complete. "'Me sad,' said Cave Boy. 'Want pet.'" He searches the wilderness and brings home various primeval candidates. In response to the woolly mammoth, Mama says, "'He too big. Where he sleep?'" In response to the saber-toothed tiger, Papa says, "'Make me sneeze! No can stay.'" Even the dodo bird is rejected. "'No can keep! He no potty-trained,'" says Gran. But when Cave Boy's furry friends fend off a stampede of wild beasts, the child finally gets his wish. While the plot may be formulaic and the prehistoric human-animal relations as romanticized as a Tarzan film, Sauer has crafted a humorous read-aloud that's both age-appropriate and entertaining. Youngsters will likely be inspired by Sauer's play on primitive speech to repeat the silly sentences or to blurt out their own statements. Likewise, Cave Boy's unusual pets may inspire a sudden interest in saber-toothed tigers and woolly mammoths. Shea's electric illustrations, painted in thick, bold strokes with limited but well-chosen washes of color, seem to channel a primal mode of expression that intuitively suits this tale of cave life. Beginning with the cover image of a smiling, razor-toothed boy scribbling his own dream-pet illustrations, Sauer and Shea's collaboration will entice readers.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Although the setting is prehistoric, the parental excuses standing between the protagonist and potential pets will sound familiar to contemporary listeners. A gap-toothed Cave Boy appears on the red cover, writing implement in hand; on the wall behind him are the drawings of the animals he attempts to bring home. Alas, the woolly mammoth is too big to fit in the family dwelling, the child's father is allergic to saber-toothed tigers and the dodo bird is not potty-trained. It takes a buffalo stampede pummeling toward the baby dodo, an attempted rescue by the boy and a successful intervention by the larger would-be pets to convince the elders of the animals' value. Sauer's bare-bones, Stone Age lingo ("Me sad," says Cave Boy. "Want pet") meshes nicely with Shea's heavily outlined, primitive caricatures. His uncluttered, digital compositions sport bold color contrasts and pleasing patterns, offering a comprehensible but dynamic interpretation of this satisfying, circular tale. Readers may wish for a return to simpler times, if getting your heart's desire could be guaranteed to come in triplicate. This account of the age-old bond between animals and children is ideally paced for read-aloud pleasure. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442408104
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Edition description: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 946,795
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 9.88 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Tammi Sauer

Tammi Sauer is the author of Mr. Duck Means Business, Mostly Monsterly, Chicken Dance, Cowboy Camp, and other books. She has worked as both a teacher and library media specialist. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two children. Visit her at TammiSauer.com.

Bob Shea is a graphic designer and the author of Big Plans, illustrated by Lane Smith. He is the author and illustrator of New Socks and the acclaimed Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, which received three starred reviews and was one of Amazon’s Top 10 Picture Books 2008. Bob’s work has also appeared on Nick Jr., Noggin, and PBS Kids. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and son. Visit him at BobShea.com.

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