What Pet to Get?

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A common kid question leads to uncommon results in this terrifically charming picture book!

Jack's mother says he can choose a pet . . . but what pet to get? An elephant? (So difficult to take on vacation.) A polar bear? (It wouldn’t like the central heating.) What about a Tyrannosaurus Rex? (Unfortunately, it’s been extinct for 65 million years.) The gatefold on the last page reveals Jack’s final choice, and a big surprise -- literally!

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Overview

A common kid question leads to uncommon results in this terrifically charming picture book!

Jack's mother says he can choose a pet . . . but what pet to get? An elephant? (So difficult to take on vacation.) A polar bear? (It wouldn’t like the central heating.) What about a Tyrannosaurus Rex? (Unfortunately, it’s been extinct for 65 million years.) The gatefold on the last page reveals Jack’s final choice, and a big surprise -- literally!

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Young Jack wants a pet and proposes a host of possibilities, from an elephant ("I could ride it to school") to a T. rex (I could take it for walks"). Mom, unseen, gently but firmly squelches each candidate; she effectively counters Jack's suggestion of a polar bear by conjuring up an image of it having a hot flash in the living room ("I don't suppose it would like the central heating," she says mildly). The premise is shopworn, as is the wrap-up (Jack ends up with a "lovely little puppy" so huge that it occupies a horizontal gatefold), but both get a big boost from the computer-assisted cartooning on these exuberantly oversize pages. Filling in her thick black outlines with a mixture of digitally manipulated textures and densely saturated colors, Dodd (Just Like You; No Matter What, reviewed above) creates a daffy, winning cast of googly-eyed creatures whose ids run rampant. The T. rex's hide seems to be made of netting and camouflage, while an ungainly rhino appears to be upholstered in gray Naugahyde. Lots of fun. Ages 3-5. (Mar.)

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AGERANGE: Ages 4 to 8.

Jack's mother is not paying much attention when Jack suggests they get a pet. Of course, he adds the usual promise to care for the pet himself. She agrees and then Jack must decide what pet they should get. His first choice is an elephant because he could ride it to school, but his mother points out that they could hardly take the elephant when they go on vacation. So Jack considers a lion, a polar bear, a Tyrannosaurus rex, a giraffe, a rhino, a bison, a crocodile, and a shark. His mother warns him of the folly of such choices and urges him to find a less exotic pet, so Jack decides to get a dog. Ah, but as the surprise foldout illustration at the end of book indicates, the puppy he brings home may not be such a practical choice after all. The bold, humorous illustrations will add to the amusement for young readers. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford

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K-Gr 2- What little boy doesn't want a pet? Jack is no exception, and he begins to come up with some rather impractical choices to run by his mother. She never rises to the bait but instead tells him logically why each one might not be right for them. Mom explains how an elephant might be hard to take on vacation, how a lion might frighten the mail carrier, and how T. Rex has been extinct for some time now. As the long list dwindles, Jack has a brainstorm. "Let's get a dog!" Mom agrees and they head off to pick out a "lovely little puppy." Jack is winking at readers as they open the gatefold to see a huge, unkempt, somewhat wild-looking dog named Fang riding in the car. Everything about this book works. Its large trim size fits Jack's oversize imagination perfectly. The animals spill over the spreads, convincing readers that perhaps Mom was right after all. And who can say whether Fang is a puppy or not? Pair this story with Lynne Jonell's I Need A Snake (Putnam, 1998) to explore the idea of convincing someone of your idea.-Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

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Surprising fact: There still aren't as many children's books about wanting pets as there are children who desperately want a pet. What distinguishes Dodd's "What pet can I get?" story, a previously published British import, are her comical, cartoonish double-page spreads whose borders simply can't contain the colossal elephant, lion, Tyrannosaurus rex, giraffe, bison, rhino, crocodile and shark that inhabit young Jack's wildest pet dreams. Funny foreshadowing and clever visual details abound, such as in the first spread where the boy's shark and elephant drawings are taped to the refrigerator. Jack and his patient mother work through the pet options rationally: " ‘A polar bear would be lovely, dear,' replied his mother. ‘But I don't think it would like the central heating.' / ‘Hmm, I suppose not,' agreed Jack." When Jack wakes up wanting a regular dog, the punch line unfolds in a gateway spread; Mom is imagining "a lovely little puppy" while Jack envisions the proud ownership of an enormous spiky beast named Fang. Familiar but fun. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545035705
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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