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Author: Cathy Morrison

Illustrator: Cathy Morrison

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Publisher: Tiger Tales,

Material: hard cover

Summary: A little boy in this story goes to the zoo, dressed in his adventure outfit and net. He is going to capture his pet and bring it home! He soon realizes the animals at the zoo are not exactly the kind of animals you keep at home. While he wanders though the zoo he judges each of the animals: the moles are too low; the giraffes, too tall; the turtles, too slow; and the alligators are too frightening. What he doesn't see is the puppy who is following him. Could that be his pet? This rhyming picture book is exceptional for the young child who is ready to take on the responsibility of caring for a pet.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 3 to 6

Reading Level: 0.5

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: All kids love animals, and the author really knows how to grab their attention in this book. I enjoyed the rhyming of words and the flow of the story. The photos are interesting with bright colors and good illustrations of the animals at the zoo. The book gives great description of various shapes, direction of too tall, too short, and too slow.

I Want a Pet is an excellent easy reader, as well as a book for reading aloud with kids. The ending is the greatest part when the boy is lying in bed with the puppy by his side preparing to sleep for the night.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is adorable AND educational. The story flows well. As a parent I like how it shows kids that you need to look at the positive and the negative for your decisions ... even when its something you really, really want.

Pros: Descriptive writing, clever wordplay, and an exciting journey bring to life characters young readers can relate to.

Cons: Absolutely none!

Borrow or Buy: Buy. Our teen reviewer says " I enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend this to be on one of the best reads for young readers."

If You Liked This Book, Try: Lovebye Dragon, The Helpful Puppy, Max and Ruby’s Treasure Hunt THE FOX IN THE DARK   A VERY SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE   PETS, A BABY UNPLUGGED BOOK

Educational Themes: This is a picture book that makes a great easy reader. Using the rhymes you can 'decode' and create word groups. It is also a good story for guiding kids with the "scientific process," i.e., look at all the facts. With younger children you can also talk about opposites (tall, low, fast, slow).

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. He borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, family

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2013

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