Friday, 20 December 2013

I Want a Pet

I Want a Pet by Lauren Child (Walker Books)
HC RRP $9.95
ISBN 9781847803344
Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis

In this mini edition made for small hands, the girl wants a pet. All the adults in her family have an opinion on what is and isn’t suitable. But the girl has a mind of her own. She considers an African lion, a sheep, a wolf, an octopus, a boa constrictor, or a bat. There is always a reason why none of them will do. Can the pet shop lady come up with a solution?

Lauren Child has used her usual Charlie and Lola formula of writing and illustration to create a story with a nameless girl. This time adults are included in the story and pictures. The illustrations are hilarious. So are the girl’s comments about the negative response to her suggestions which are added at the bottom of each right hand page. The cover is hard for durability for these little books will be opened many times.

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