Pets in a Pickle [NOOK Book]

Overview


Drawing on his own experiences of working as a vet, Malcolm Welshman brings to life a wealth of colourful characters -- including the formidable practice receptionist, Beryl, with her one steely eye -- and an ark's worth of marvellous animals. As enchanting as it is funny, this wonderful story will delight any animal fan. When Paul Mitchell arrives for his first day's work at Prospect House Veterinary Hospital, he never expects this...Oh his very first day, he is bitten by a feisty hamster...but this is a mere ...
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Pets in a Pickle

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Overview


Drawing on his own experiences of working as a vet, Malcolm Welshman brings to life a wealth of colourful characters -- including the formidable practice receptionist, Beryl, with her one steely eye -- and an ark's worth of marvellous animals. As enchanting as it is funny, this wonderful story will delight any animal fan. When Paul Mitchell arrives for his first day's work at Prospect House Veterinary Hospital, he never expects this...Oh his very first day, he is bitten by a feisty hamster...but this is a mere prelude to a cavalcade of hilarious -- and often painful -- encounters with fish, flesh and fowl. From stalking a feral cat to rescuing a cow stuck in a gravel pit, life is never short of animal adventures for the newly qualified vet. On top of treating all manner of creatures at the practice, Paul and his girlfriend Lucy, also nurse a host of waifs and strays back to health at their home. Besides six budgerigars, two love birds, a hoard of guinea pigs and three tabby cats, their menagerie includes Gertie the Goose, whose talent for house security saves her from the Christmas Day table, and Nelson, their lovable -- and stone deaf -- Jack Russell.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843585947
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/8/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 237,384
  • File size: 728 KB

Meet the Author



Malcolm Welshman is a retired vet who has worked at London Zoo, in a small animal hospital and as a consultant dealing in exotics. He has written more than 200 features for magazines including Cat World and Parrot Magazine.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Excellent!!

    Truly captivating. From camels to spiders to pigs, and everything in between, this is a wonderful book. I was left chuckling at the cast of characters, both human and animals; not to mention all of the tngue-in-cheek puns slipped in. 237 pages, appropriate for older children and everyone else.

    34 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Good kids book

    It's great to see a kids book for free friday! I have 3 tweens that use my nook everyday. They are excited to see this book and looking forward to reading it. These books are FREE! Quit complaining about it. If you don't like it, delete it. It's not like you paid for the book, it was FREE!

    26 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2012

    This sounds like so much fun - something completely different th

    This sounds like so much fun - something completely different than what i normally read, and a new author introduced to me also. Thank you!

    18 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Don't judge a book by its cover!

    I've only read three pages so far, but from the vocabulary alone I know that this is not a children's book. I'd say it would be a challenging read for most middle schoolers. This book is written for adults and think it's going to be delightful!

    18 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Thank you Barnes and Noble enlighting us weekly with a free book

    Thank you Barnes and Noble enlighting us weekly with a free book that we may never have the opportunity to read. I have read many of these free books from authors that are far better than best named authors that we continue to buy just for their namesake. Keep introducing us to these reads.

    12 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    TO ALL OF THE COMPLAINERS

    Just picked this up as the free friday selection. I think it looks like a delightful read reminiscent of "ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL." If not, oh well, IT WAS FREE!!!!!

    Being that free Fridays only come once a week, they try to make the selection choice change genres every week so that EVERYONE will have a chance to get a freebie that they like every so often. I think that is wonderful. To those selfish people that get angry at B&N for not having a selection THEY like, GET A LIFE!!!!!!! First of all, give it a try! I have found several books I didn't think I would care for that I have wound up really enjoying (think outside YOUR box). They don't have to give ANYTHING for free. If you don't like what is being offered FOR FREE, wait your turn for something you will like and quit using the review board to do nothing but complain.

    Also, there is a free app called "BOOKS BUDDY" that helps you find more freebies and awesome deals. It renews and refereshes all of the time. I have found several writers that I really enjoy that I never heard of before. BEWARE though, you may not like all of those selections either. As such, maybe you better not get it so you won' t be disappointed in it either!!!!!

    Well I am off to read my free Friday selection that I hope will put a smile on MY face. Will let you all know with a review when I am done.

    THANK YOU BARNES AND NOBLE FOR ALL YOU DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    9 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    A good book for younger kids... FINALLY

    It not a kiddie book and its not YA either its for around 7-10 ish year olds. I got it, read it and decoided to read it to a group of kids I read to at our local library. As I am13 and it is young literature for me. I am going to read it to them tommorow, its a group of 6,7,8 and 9 year olds and I think they will love it.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Entertaining, but no James Herriot.

    I was excited to read this book, but i soon grew weary of the puns and cliches. I was also disappointed to see how the author descibed his clients in a demeaning way. I guess there will never be another James Herriot.

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2012

    I'm so excited to get a book I can read to my kids! Thanks B&am

    I'm so excited to get a book I can read to my kids! Thanks B&N for a.great choice.

    8 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    If you are expecting another James Herriot experience, full of e

    If you are expecting another James Herriot experience, full of endearing characters, heartwarming stories, gentle humor and lovely prose, this is not the book for you. If, however, you want to read mildly amusing tales told in a flippant, jaded manner, give this a go. The protagonist does seem to like animals, but barely tolerates their owners. He sleeps with his co-worker while secretly having the hots for his married boss who, as we are told over and over ad nauseum, looks like Julie Andrews. I finished this book only out of curiosity to see how many more bad puns the writer could come up with. Apparently he has an unlimited supply.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Enjoyable read!

    This book shows promise with good character development and a strong vocabulary that would be good for a more advanced youth reader. I have not read far enough to determine the entire appropriteness of the content, but from what I have read i woukd say the reader should be a more mature reader to understand the puns and other comments in the dialog.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    FINALLY!

    What? No blood, guts, gore, pointless explosions, gratuitous sex, sappy romance, zombies, sci fi? Most of this stuff isn't suitable for humans. FINALLY, something for the rest of us.
    Thank you BN.

    5 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Good book

    A great read for young teens and tweens

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Not YA or "kiddie" lit

    Reviewers claiming this is YA have not looked past the cover. Light entertaining book.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    B-O-R-I-N-G

    Hate it

    4 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Charming

    I love the james herriot books, so pets in a pickle is a welcome addition to my library. Even when the Free Friday selection isn't something i will read, my grandchildren, ages 9 months to 12 years, will. You can never go wrong with more books.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2012

    2.5 stars

    My first reaction when I finished this book was, honestly, 'meh'. Then I was glad it had been a Free Friday book.

    If you're looking for the new James Herriot, keep looking. Malcolm D. Welshman's book is diverting, but that's about all. The puns are too numerous - they even stopped registering as puns because there are so many. The love for place and animals and people that one finds in Herriot's books aren't quite there in this one.

    The storyline starts off about like <i>All Creatures Great and Small</i>, with a young vet starting work in a country practice, but that's about where the comparisons end. The love that exudes from every word of Herriot's books is mostly absent. The humorous touch that Herriot had with all the crazy situations he found himself in is slightly there, but only slightly.

    The stories of the exotic animals like the python and the parrots are good, because of their exotic touch, but there's no Mrs. Pumphrey and Tricky-Woo to be found. The characters just aren't as fully-drawn as they could be.

    If you're on the hunt for an escapist read involving animals and a vet out of his element, you might enjoy it, but if you're looking for the heir to James Herriot, this isn't it.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Anonymous

    Sadly, I was hopeful this would be a fun read. Too many cliches and very demeaning character presentation. I thought vets liked animals and people!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    Mildly Entertaining

    Ok for a Free Friday book. Light reading and mildly entertaining. Glad I didn't spend money for it and wouldn't read a sequel. Humor was cute at the beginning but repetitious references were tiring by midbook and tedious by the end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Fun light reading

    It was a pleasant read, not something I couldn't put down, but not too heavy when you're wanting something light.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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