Pets in a Pickle

Pets in a Pickle

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by Malcolm D. Welshman

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Drawing on his own experiences of working as a vet, Malcolm Welshman brings to life a wealth of colorful characters—including the formidable practice receptionist, Beryl, with her one steely eye—and an ark's worth of marvelous animals. As enchanting as it is funny, this wonderful story will delight any animal fan. When Paul Mitchell arrives for his first…  See more details below


Drawing on his own experiences of working as a vet, Malcolm Welshman brings to life a wealth of colorful characters—including the formidable practice receptionist, Beryl, with her one steely eye—and an ark's worth of marvelous 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. On 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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Pets in a Pickle 3.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 518 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
NJRH More than 1 year ago
This sounds like so much fun - something completely different than what i normally read, and a new author introduced to me also. Thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
writersdd More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a pleasant read, not something I couldn't put down, but not too heavy when you're wanting something light.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a veterinarian reading this book, I thought it was very interesting that he left out two of the biggest issues: euthanasia and money. This book may have been more easily consumable for the average reader, but I didn't like it. I don't know about the timeline for this, but I would have been interested in how insurance, which pets don't have in the US, influenced treatment. Could have been a great outreach book instead of a collection of stories. Also, this doctor seems very flippant and risky with some of his medicine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author is not a natural story-teller. Lacking warmth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm an avid reader and this isn't a book I would have chosen for myself. Though I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. Definitely a good poolside read.
gdelbooks More than 1 year ago
A 70's version of All things Great and Small. This is a fictional account,not a memoir. Misadventures of a small town first year vet. A pleasant and fun read, not great literature, but a fun departure from the murder and mayhem I usually read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was surprised by the adult content in this childrens book For that reason I stopped reading it to my young son The main character repeatedly comments on his bosses attractiveness and moves in with a woman he just met after pointing out that his female landlord was making moves on him I hope this is not representative of the new wave of childrens books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
However this book was just ok. There were some very cute animal stories and I loved all the animals he would bring home. He was a little to descriptive of fellow co-workers "flaws" that I personally did not care for. Probably would not recommend and will not read it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is definitely not another James Harriot. He tries way too hard to be cute and the book was not enjoyable at all. Good thing it was free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was a very good read. I loved it every time he got a new pet by chance. This book was very funny and cute. No harsh language or any sex. I love books like this one!
sjop38 More than 1 year ago
This is full of great tales, similar, but not equal to the James Herriot stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read lite reading great rainy day book enjoy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amusing book but poorly written or maybe edited. It had little or no connection between the stories and was nowhere near as well-written or connected as the James Herriot books (of which I believe it to be a copy). The stories were interesting and laughable but kind of isolated - interspersed with a little romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing. Certainly no Herriot. I'm appauled his son gave a generous review. Every character was exploited as to their character in a terribly put down manner. One can' t be ridiculed for having a glass eye. The author was lecherous about the women. His continual attempt at humor was old and trite. It felt too made up.
NJ-Nina More than 1 year ago
When I read a book about pets I expect fun lighthearted reading. I want to enjoy the animals, their owners and the vets taking care of them. This book has none of that. This is so far from James Harriot that it should be avoided at all cost if you are a Harriot fan! I strongly recommend that you not waste your time or money on this book.