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Pet Shop Follies
     

Pet Shop Follies

by Mary Ann Fraser
 

The pet shop has opened, but no one is coming in. What can the animals do to attract customers? A hamster has an idea: "Let's put on a show!" The animals begin rehearsals. There are costumes, sets, and lights. But will there be an audience? Mary Ann Fraser returns to the setting featured in Pet Shop Lullaby to create another adorable—and funny—picture

Overview

The pet shop has opened, but no one is coming in. What can the animals do to attract customers? A hamster has an idea: "Let's put on a show!" The animals begin rehearsals. There are costumes, sets, and lights. But will there be an audience? Mary Ann Fraser returns to the setting featured in Pet Shop Lullaby to create another adorable—and funny—picture book.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Suzanne Javid
What good news! A pet shop has opened! Oh, but wait—no one is visiting the store. What are the animals to do? They follow the hamster's idea to put on a talent show to attract customers and visitors. First they make sets, costumes, signs and then it's on to lights, sounds and lots of rehearsals. Finally their teamwork pays off and they're ready to open the curtains to showcase an adorable furry cast of a hamster, rat, parrot, guinea pig, dog, tortoise, an orange cat and three cute white bunnies. They entertain their audience with circus type juggling, tightrope walking, dancing, magic tricks, singing and more. The audience even has to hold its breath at times watching the brave balancing stunts. After the grand finale, performers and audience all meet and the animals from the smallest hamster to the biggest dog are the stars of the show and pet shop. Written with few words and simple language, beginning readers will be drawn to the large print and colorful illustrations of the animals and all those who visit them. The double-page spreads are done in a creamy gouache which adds a wonderful vibrant color and smooth texture to the illustrations. Fraser is an acclaimed author and illustrator of many books for children. Preschoolers and beginning readers will be delighted to read or hear this story at home or at school. Reviewer: Suzanne Javid
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—The animals in this pet shop are feeling the pinch. No one is coming in to visit and play with them, and they are lonely, so they put on a talent show in the front window to attract customers. The show is both surprising (a mouse dares to put his head in the cat's mouth), and silly (a hampster tap dances). It also demonstrates the teamwork necessary to make a performance work. The language is simple and will attract beginning readers, and the text is large and brief. The art is colorful and full of action as the animals go through their routines. Their efforts are well rewarded; after the grand finale, they get all the attention they had hoped for. These follies are a real winner.—Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ
Kirkus Reviews

Though nearly wordless, this cheery story is full of deeds. All the pet-shop animals mix and mingle in the front window anxiously awaiting customers, yet no one comes in. The clever hamster takes matters in hand and devises a brilliant plan to get visitors: "Let's put on a show!" he squeaks. Detailed preparations are made, from costuming to lighting to rehearsals. The Pet Shop Follies finally opens with its adorable cast made up of the hamster (donning paper clips as tap shoes), a rat, a parrot, a guinea pig, an orange cat, a dog, a tortoise and the stars of the magic show, three white bunnies! They awe their audience with myriad talents and a complete circus show of juggling, tightrope walking and, when the rat puts his head inside the cat's mouth, bravery (the now-gathered audience's reactions are priceless). The creamy, rich gouache double-page spreads are uncluttered, allowing each amazing feat its moment in the spotlight while remaining developmentally appropriate for young readers. A sweet lap-read companion to Pet Shop Lullaby (2009). (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590786192
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Ann Fraser is the acclaimed author and illustrator of many books for children, including I. Q. goes to School. She lives in Simi Valley, California.

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