The Pet Project

The Pet Project

Cute and Cuddly Vicious Verses

Book - 2013
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Ages 4-8.
The child of two scientists sets out to do research into what sort of an animal would make the best pet and reaches a surprising conclusion.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781442442344
1442442344
9781416975953
1416975950
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill.; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Ohora, Zachariah - Illustrator

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ChristchurchLib Jul 24, 2013

A little girl asks her parents for a pet, and her parents agree, with one condition: the girl must do a scientific study to decide which kind of pet is best. In a series of short, witty, poems, the girl reports her unpleasant - and hilariously gross - findings: cats scratch, ponies kick, monkeys fling poop, and hippos have stinky breath. ("Chances of getting a hippo: Zippo.") Maybe pets aren't such a great idea after all - better to get a microscope instead. Whimsical, stylised illustrations add an extra layer of humour, and the rhyming verses are perfectly suited for reading out loud. Can't get enough gross-out poetry?

Picture book newsletter July 2013.

JCLOctavia Jun 01, 2013

Little girl wants a pet but her parents tell her to "Formulate a query" and "devise a scientific plan". There is a clever ending too.

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