NOT INSIDE THIS HOUSE by Kevin Lewis

NOT INSIDE THIS HOUSE

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

Young Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse is intent on exploring the great outdoors—and adopting a pet in the process.

When his mother refuses to let him keep some insects inside their home (“Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse, / I’ll have no bugs inside this house! / I’ll say it once. Won’t say it twice. / To speak again will not suffice!”), he moves on to bigger and progressively less appropriate choices of animal. Will his mother ever say yes? Jaunty, rhyming text along with colorful and appealing illustrations describe the boy's efforts as he attempts to bring home a succession of animals, including a mouse, a pig, a moose, an elephant and even a whale, all accompanied by humorously horrified reactions from his increasingly shell-shocked mother. Perhaps a bug won't be such a bad pet after all! While the rhymes are sometimes a bit predictable and bumpy, the text still saunters along, accompanying the charming digitally enhanced ink-and-paint illustrations.

A fine choice for any child who would like a pet, with a crafty lesson about the power of perseverance. (Picture book. 4-7) 

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-439-43981-7
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Orchard/Scholastic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2011




MORE BY KEVIN LEWIS

ChildrenTUGGA-TUGGA TUGBOAT by Kevin Lewis
by Kevin Lewis
ChildrenDINOSAUR DINOSAUR by Kevin Lewis
by Kevin Lewis
ChildrenTHE RUNAWAY PUMPKIN by Kevin Lewis
by Kevin Lewis

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenI NEED A SNAKE by Lynne Jonell
by Lynne Jonell
ChildrenTHE LONESOME PUPPY by Yoshitomo Nara
by Yoshitomo Nara
ChildrenTHE BEST PET OF ALL by David LaRochelle
by David LaRochelle