Gr 1–3—Attractive and well-designed primers. The close-up photographs of the animals' faces on the covers entice readers, while the content cautions them to make careful choices when selecting a pet. The importance of commitment is emphasized, along with all of the basics on food, health, physical characteristics and needs, safety, and bonding. Fish, Hermit Crabs, and Lizards set realistic expectations on interaction. Concluding "Needs and Dangers" and "Fun Facts" lists recap the information and fill in any gaps. Photos are clear and bright and vary from full-page to insets. VERDICT These crisp, basic guides will provide a good introduction to potential pet owners.