The Pet Club is back with a story centering on Lucy and her beloved pet rat, Ajax. Lucy is a gymnast, but unless she has Ajax with her, her tumbling just does not work. To compete in the big meet, Lucy smuggles Ajax into the gymnasium in a special sock in her bag, but after she performs she finds that Ajax is not there! Luckily, Coach saves the day. While the illustrations are very cute and the concept works well for early readers, the plot is a bit illogical, like when Lucy tells Ajax pets are not allowed in the gym, yet all her friends are there cheering with their pets. Readers are led to believe that she tumbles without Ajax, but her coach has him, so she obviously did not tumble without him at all. While very young children might not notice the story's disconnects, it does make the flow of the book and its ending feel abrupt, something easily detectable by most readers. Reviewer: Kate Walker
Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.10 (d)
Meet the Author
Gwendolyn Hooks was born in Savannah, Georgia. Thanks to her Air Force dad, she also lived in Texas, Washington, and Italy. After teaching middle school math, Gwendolyn decided to follow her passion, writing for children.
In her vocabulary, fun means travel. She's visited England, Belgium, Canada, and Mexico. Her favorite travel spot? The state parks of Oklahoma.
Gwendolyn loves visiting schools and libraries, sharing her writing life with students, teachers, librarians, and parents. If she ever needs inspiration, Gwendolyn remembers the wacky antics of her three children growing up.