"Pets!"

by Melrose Cooper, Yumi Heo
     
 

Finding the perfect pet is no easy task, especially at a pet show that features giant porcupines and leaping llamas! Cooper's lilting verse and Heo's fanciful pictures come together to create one rollicking and cacophonous pet show that will be enjoyed over and over again. See more details below

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Finding the perfect pet is no easy task, especially at a pet show that features giant porcupines and leaping llamas! Cooper's lilting verse and Heo's fanciful pictures come together to create one rollicking and cacophonous pet show that will be enjoyed over and over again.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cooper's (I Got a Family) whimsical paean to pets is the ideal jumping-off point for Heo's (The Green Frogs) trademark carnival-esque pictures. The author uses unusual word images (pets that are "finger-tweaking" or "kneeling-and-praying"), alliteration and a childlike rhyme scheme to get a bouncy, infectious beat going. Heo takes off in her own direction, filling her mixed-media collages with vibrant shades of yellow, orange, green and blue, and mellower tones of olive, salmon, beige and brown. When Cooper offers "Sleek pets/ Slick pets/ Do-amazing-trick pets", Heo responds with skirted reptiles, bicycle-riding greyhounds and showman monkeys; for "Floppy pets/ Hoppy pets/ Seed-dropping-sloppy pets," Heo spatters the pages with off-kilter bunnies, leaping frogs and feasting parrots. The artwork is the standout here, with Cooper's choice of adjectives spurring on Heo's tendency toward surreal images and providing a strong frame for this airy fantasy, which ends on a down-to-earth note of love and appreciation for a real-life pet: "A happy-as-can be pet/ A perfect-fit-for-me pet!" Ages 4-7. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
This simple poem, full of repeated and rhyming words explores the options one has in picking out a pet. The direct simplicity of the text is brilliantly complimented by complex and ornate visual examples of the pet choices referred to in the poem. The artwork is loose and colorful with extremely imaginative pets that frequently dwarf humans in scale and interest. The choices include sloshing-and-slurping pets, as well as kissing pets, hissing pets and even tail-missing pets. Childlike in execution, kids will love the illustrations and immediately be drawn into the search for the perfect pet.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2In this offbeat book, a child looks for a pet inside a large circus tent where many different animals are on display. The well-crafted, rhyming text follows the boy as he lists what he sees: "Floppy pets/Hoppy pets/Seed-dropping-sloppy pets." The double-page spread shows rabbits with floppy ears, frogs hopping, parrots eating and dropping seeds on the boy, and little triangular figures cavorting around, all against lively pastel backdrops. Heo's mixed-media illustrations reflect the rhymes with whimsy and humor, totally disregarding normal size relationships and perspective. Each picture is done with entertaining, minute details that invite close perusal and would be well suited to one-on-one reading. The rollicking poetry will be fun to read aloud to a small group. The last lines read, "A happy-as-can-be pet/A perfect-fit-for-me pet." The boy is shown very small being held in the paws of a huge cat that he has presumably picked as his pet, making the ending somewhat ambiguous. Except for this minor quibble, text and illustrations perfectly complement one another; the words are printed in a childlike hand to match the childlike cartoon drawings. A nice but not essential offering.Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Kirkus Reviews
In a rhymed story of a trip to a pet show to secure a petþ"A happy-as-can-be pet/A perfect-fit-for-me pet!"þHeo's artwork is an elegant, offbeat match for Cooper's joyful text. Each two-page spread features one or more mostly familiar creatures (although praying mantises and pet rocks add a note of the exotic) whose salient attributes come under scrutiny: "Floppy pets/Hoppy pets/Seed-dropping-sloppy pets." Heo's interpretations of the creatures show sprays of color and action, while one of the pleasures of the book is in matching the text to the animals on the page. There is even a bit of a mystery here: What animal will the top-shaped boy choose to take home from the show? (Picture book. 4-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805038934
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.29(w) x 10.29(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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