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MY PET WANTS A PET by Elise Broach


by Elise Broach ; illustrated by Eric Barclay

Pub Date: March 6th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-250-10927-9
Publisher: Christy Ottaviano/Henry Holt

From Broach and Barclay comes a story about the affection that grows between living beings who care for one another.

A boy looks out the window of his brownstone home at the people walking and driving with their dogs. He begs his mother for “something to take care of,” until finally she says yes. They walk home, the boy with a puppy on a leash and the mother struggling with large bags filled with pet supplies. The boy and his puppy love each other and have so much fun together that one day, the puppy decides that he also wants a pet. The boy’s mother thinks this is a terrible idea. But the boy cannot refuse the puppy, who chooses a kitten as his pet. They love each other and have so much fun together that—guess what? The kitten wants a pet. And the cycle continues, until the pet’s pet’s pet’s pet’s pet has a pet. But the mother grows so unhappy that the boy has to find a solution to make her happy too. The charming pen-and-watercolor illustrations add to the humor and fun of this adorable book, investing each of the pets with its own personality (the worm in a beret is a special treat). The boy is brown-skinned with tightly curled black hair, and his mother is tan with straight brown hair.

A sweet choice for a simple story that parents and children will enjoy laughing at together.

(Picture book. 4-8)