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THE BEST PET OF ALL by David LaRochelle


by David LaRochelle & illustrated by Hanako Wakiyama

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: May 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-525-47129-4
Publisher: Dutton

On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, a little boy asks his mother for a dog, but the answer is no. On Thursday, when he asks for a pet dragon, she says if he can find one, he can keep it for a pet. After searching from beach to zoo, he finds a dragon in the drugstore sporting dark glasses and a hat. But the dragon doesn’t put toys away, or help with chores, and makes a mess in the kitchen. When they roast hot dogs in the living room and dance all night to loud music, Mom insists the dragon leave, but he refuses and keeps eating spaghetti in the bathtub. The boy claims it’s too bad they don’t have a dog because dragons are afraid of them; Mom concedes and they put a “Dog Wanted” sign in the window: dilemma solved. Insouciant retro-looking illustrations add sly touches of humor, like the tow-headed boy and dragon giving each other thumbs up. Kids will grin at the clever, imaginative ruse that outsmarts a mom as only kids can. (Picture book. 5-8)