The Pet Sitter: Tiger Taming [NOOK Book]


Max loves animals, but his sneezy, allergic sister means no family pets. He’s so happy when he realizes he can be a pet sitter. But with every job he takes on, there’s always something a bit odd about his new boss. Witches, fairies, goblins, mermaids – why can’t he pet-sit for someone ordinary?

Max thinks he is going to love his new job as a pet sitter. But his first client, Miss W. Itchy, seems a little strange. Max’s instincts prove correct when it turns out her cat can talk! ...

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The Pet Sitter: Tiger Taming

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Max loves animals, but his sneezy, allergic sister means no family pets. He’s so happy when he realizes he can be a pet sitter. But with every job he takes on, there’s always something a bit odd about his new boss. Witches, fairies, goblins, mermaids – why can’t he pet-sit for someone ordinary?

Max thinks he is going to love his new job as a pet sitter. But his first client, Miss W. Itchy, seems a little strange. Max’s instincts prove correct when it turns out her cat can talk! Not only does Tiger have good English, but loads of attitude too – ordering Max around, left, right and centre. When Miss Itchy’s arch-enemy Grimboots kidnaps Tiger, Max has to prove what sort of pet sitter he really is . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Young Max loves animals and would dearly love to have a pet but cannot because his sister is allergic to animals. One summer day Max comes home all excited by an advertisement for a pet sitter that he saw in the window of the local pet shop. A woman named Miss Itchy is looking for someone to care for her cat while she is away. His mother approves, so Max sets out to meet Miss Itchy and Tiger, her cat. Owl House where Miss Itchy and Tiger live is a most unusual place. Max arrives to find bat-wing juice boiling in a large pot on the stove. Tiger is a black cat with one green and one blue eye and she does not like Max. In fact, she sticks out her tongue at him when Miss Itchy introduces Max to her. Max soon discovers that Tiger is very difficult to care for. She will not eat her normal diet of canned tails and talks to Max in a very rude way. Then against strict orders from Miss Itchy, Max is maneuvered into giving Tiger bat-wing juice. Disaster strikes when an extremely irate wizard named Gumboots kidnaps Tiger. Of course plucky Max saves the day. The fun and spookiness of the story is heightened by the quirky black-and-white illustrations. While not really a necessary purchase, it could be added if there is a need for chapter books. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753432358
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/27/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Age range: 7 years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Julie Sykes was born in Surrey and lives in Hampshire with her husband and three children. She has had over 20 books published by Little Tiger Press, including several about her creation, Little Tiger. I DON'T WANT TO GO TO BED! and I DON'T WANT TO HAVE A BATH! won the Nottinghamshire Children’s Book Award. Julie enjoys sailing, animals, walking and reading.

Nathan Reed graduated from Salmouth College of Art in 2000. He has illustrated children’s books for Puffin and HarperCollins as well as for Macmillan and Campbell Books. He illustrated one of the most popular titles in Kingfisher’s I Am Reading series, HOCUS POCUS HOUND. Nathan lives in London.

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Chapter One


Max ran all the way home from the store even though it was the hottest day of summer vacation so far. He arrived out of breath and with a trickle of sweat running down his nose.

"Mom," he shouted, bursting through the back door,"can I use the phone?"

"Max!" exclaimed Mom, looking up from the sink, where she was peeling carrots. "What happened?"

Max stuck a skinny hand into the pocket of his pants and eased out a scrap of paper. Carefully, he laid it on the kitchen table. His heart was thumping loudly—partly because he'd run so fast in the heat and partly because he was scared that Mom would say he couldn't use the phone. He took a deep breath and forced himself to speak slowly and not babble like he ususally did when he was excited.

"Someone needs a pet sitter. There was an ad in the pet-store window, and I wrote it down. Listen to this."

Max began to read from the slip of paper: Pet Sitter wanted to look after my cat START NOW GOOD PAY Call Miss W. Itchy 555-2234

Mom laughed as she took the paper from Max and read the ad for herself. Max held his breath and willed her to say yes. He loved animals and was desperate to have a pet, but he couldn't get one because of his big sister, Alice. Alice was allergic to animals. They made her sneeze and gave her a rash.

"Well," said Mom thoughtfully, "it's a good idea, but if you take the job, you'll have to see it through to the end. You can't give up after a few days because you're bored with it."

"As if!" exclaimed Max. "I'd never get bored with it. You know how much I want a pet. I'll call the number, okay?"

"Go ahead."

"Thanks, Mom," said Max, hugging his mother.

Mom wanted to speak to Miss Itchy first, so Max punched the number on the keypad and then handed her the the telephone. It rang six times before Miss Itchy answered, and when Max heard her voice trill from the receiver, his heart skipped a beat. Would the job still be available?

It was! Miss Itchy asked Max to come by and meet her cat, Tiger, right away. Max smoothed his unruly hair with his hands and put on his best nonholy sneakers. He was nervous and eager to make a good first impression.

On the way to Miss Itchy's house, Max tried to remember all the things he knew about cats. They were intelligent and independent creatures and they made good companions. Tiger was a good name, Max decided, imagining a huge striped cat with tons of energy.

Max walked up and down Sea View Road several times before he found Miss Itchy's house, The Owl House. It was at the end of a narrow alley, and Max walked past the entrance three times before he realized it was there. The alley ran between two high brick walls. It was a dark and creepy place, and Max glanced nervously over his shoulder, sure that someone was following him. It was a relief when he reached the end of the alley and found a wooden gate with The Owl House painted on it in wobbly letters.

Max's hand trembled as he unlatched the gate and made his way to the door. He knew he would make an excellent pet sitter if only Miss Itchy would give him the chance to try. The door had an unusual bell; it was shaped like an owl, with eyes that lit up when Max pushed it. It made no sound, so Max pushed it again, but harder. This time the eyes flashed amber, and from deep inside the house an owl hooted.

"Spooky!" said Max, half wanted to run away.

Suddenly the door opened, revealing a short, dumpy lady dressed in black pants and a gold shirt.

"Max?" she asked, and when Max nodded, she smiled toothily and said, "come on in."

Her creaky voice sent a shiver down Max's spine, and he didn't move.

"Come along—no need to be shy."

Miss Itchy wrapped her green fingernails around his arm, and before he could resist, Max was pulled inside the house.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    Very entertaining! Great adventure for young readers!

    We picked this book while looking for a new series to start. Both of my children, ages 4 and 8 loved it! The adventure, descriptions and pictures kept both of them riveted throughout the book. Good choice!

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