Thursday, August 13, 2015

Children Make Terrible Pets - a bookwrap


Written and illustrated by Peter Brown

Unwrapping the fun illustrations...

About the book...

An adorable little bear named Lucy finds a perfect small boy one day in the woods while she is practising her twirls.  She scoops him up and takes him home to ask her mom if she can keep him.  Her mom warns her that "children make terrible pets" and says she can keep him on the condition that she takes full responsibility for his care.  Lucy whole-heartedly agrees and names him Squeaker because of the sound he makes.  

They become closest of friends, playing, eating and napping together.  They are never apart, but caring for a little boy is not all that it is cracked up to be, especially when he is such a free spirit.  When put into the litter box, Squeaker refuses to train.  He causes chaos and mayhem around the house and throws food at a tea party embarrassing mom....he is very hard to control.  Oh my!

Then one day Squeaker just disappears into thin air.  Lucy calls and pleads for him to reveal himself but to no avail.  She takes it upon herself to do a search and rescue of the little guy and indeed does discover his whereabouts.  Once she observes where he has gone she makes a hard decision to leave him there because that is exactly where her little Squeaker belongs.  She comes to the realization that her mother was right, children do make terrible pets but the she does not give up her longing for a brand new one....will she be successful at finding the perfect one?  Not telling...

The story is geared to PS-Grade 2 and is humorous and witty.  Brown uses multimedia art, featuring text in coloured blocks and character asides in printed word balloons.  I highly recommend this book. 

About the author...

Peter Brown writes and illustrates books for young whippersnappers. He grew up in Hopewell, New Jersey, where he spent his time imagining and drawing silly characters. He studied Life Lessons at the School of Hard Knocks, and then got his B.F.A. in Illustration from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

After college Peter moved to Brooklyn, New York and spent several years painting backgrounds for animated TV shows. And then in 2003 he got a book deal to write and illustrate his first picture book FLIGHT OF THE DODO, which is a story that involves bird case you're into that kind of thing. Since then he's written and illustrated three more picture books, and illustrated several other books for young whippersnappers. His books have been adapted into plays and animated short films, they have been translated into a dozen languages, and they include the 2010 E.B. White award winner, Children's Choice Award winner, and New York Times bestselling books THE CURIOUS GARDEN.

His books CHILDREN MAKE TERRIBLE PETS, YOU WILL BE MY FRIEND! and his latest book, CREEPY CARROTS! are also New York Times bestsellers and award winners. CREEPY CARROTS! written by Aaron Reynolds has also been named a 2013 Caldecott Honor book.

You can find out more about Peter and his books at

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