December 6, 2019

My Pet Wants a Pet by Elise Broach, illustrated by Eric Barclay

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 9:59 pm by suebe2

My Pet Wants a Pet
by Elise Broach
illustrated by Eric Barclay
Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt

When a boy wanted something to take care of, something of his very own, he begged his mom for a puppy.  Eventually she said yes.

The boy loved and cared for his puppy and the pair became fast friends.  But then the puppy wanted something to take care of.  Something of his very own.  The puppy gets a cat.  So what happens when the cat wants something to take care of?

To stand up to multiple readings, picture books need to be layered.  On one hand, this is a book about something universal – the drive to love and care for something/someone.  On the other hand, it is also a marvelous cumulative tale with the puppy getting a kitten, getting a bird, getting . . .

Where is it all going to stop? As is so often the case in real life, it all ends with Mom.  With a puppy going in and out of the doggie door, a kitten on her lap and a bird fluttering around the house, Mom looks more and more frazzled as the book goes on.  In the end, they all have to find a way to make Mom happy because, as the old saying goes, “if mom’s not happy no one is happy.”  But you’re going to have to read the book to see they pull this off.

This book isn’t as slapstick as a lot of cumulative tales but it is every bit as funny.  The pet puppy wants a pet.  The pet kitten wants a pet.  Then even the pet bird wants a pet.  It is ridiculous!

Barclay’s ink and watercolor illustrations are cartoon-y and add to the overall sense of play and fun.

Use this title as a jumping off point for discussing pets and responsibility.  While it isn’t super rowdy, I would use it for reading time that isn’t bed time since the silliness and humor may prompt conversation which isn’t what you want at night.  Cuddle up on the sofa with your young reader or share it in the classroom instead.

–SueBE

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