Synopses & Reviews
Check out this rollicking, humorous, and heartwarming twist on the classic first pet story about a young bear and her favorite pet boy
When Lucy, a young bear, discovers a boy in the woods, she's absolutely delighted. She brings him home and begs her mom to let her keep him, even though her mom warns, Children make terrible pets. But mom relents, and Lucy gets to name her new pet Squeaker.
Through a series of hilarious and surprising scenes, readers can join Lucy and Squeaker on their day of fun and decide for themselves whether or not children really do make terrible pets.
"In this tongue-in-cheek role reversal, a girlish bear named Lucy makes a pet of a small boy. She declares him 'the cutest critter in the whole forest' and begs her mother, 'Can I keep him, please?' Her mother, unbearishly seated in a comfy chair and reading a book, delivers the title's sound advice, but allows Lucy to keep the boy. Brown (The Curious Garden) mimes the escalating challenges of animal care. The boy, who Lucy names Squeaker, 'because he makes funny sounds,' throws tantrums and will not use a litter box. Lucy is relieved when Squeaker escapes home, where his family enjoys a backyard picnic as though he had not been absent. Even though Brown's humans wear clothes and live in a house, they are basically squirrels: they all say 'squeak' from the bears' POV, while the bears act like flummoxed babysitters: Lucy walks upright in a tutu, her mother wears a skirt and pearls, and their dialogue appears in prim construction-paper voice bubbles. Framed in wood-grain borders, the action takes place in an artificial outdoors and parodies those who are pushovers for exotic specimens. Ages 3 6. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Peter Brown turns the classic picture book imagery of animals who act like people on its head....Joyfully animated illustrations" The New York Times Book Review
"Appealing and humorous." School Library Journal
"Distinctive multimedia art...has a playful, old-time style that matches the woodsy setting and the enjoyable story's upbeat tone." Booklist
From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Curious Garden comes a unique and laugh-out-loud twist on the perennial first pet theme, as he tells the story about a bear and her pet boy. Full color.
About the Author
Peter Brown is the author and illustrator of many bestselling children's books, including Children Make Terrible Pets and The Curious Garden. He is the recipient of a Caldecott Honor for Creepy Carrots!, two E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award, and a Children's Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year. Peter's website is www.peterbrownstudio.com.