Peter Pepper is hosting a show for the neighborhood youngsters to display their pets' unusual talents. In somewhat predictable singsong verse, each spread introduces a child and an animal. Marianne Platt's calico cat loves to sing while standing on a ball of string. Priscilla Bruno's Pekingese is the "star of the flying trapeze." At the end of a parade of performing creatures, readers are asked to choose a winner. The wide-eyed children and well-dressed creatures in the acrylic paintings evoke a sense of cartoon zaniness. Preschoolers will appreciate the silly rhymes and exuberant expressions even if adults are rolling their eyes by the third contestant.
Jayne DamronCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.