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Awwww dogs, cats, birds + a rabbit and an iguana… // Some Pets review

Did you have a pet growing up?! This is the perfect book to expose a child to different animals that make great pets… Which would you choose if you could do it all over again?!

My 10-year old nephew and I read books together every week and he draws a picture from the pages that captures his fancy. As a budding bookworm, artist and a child with an autistic aphasia we bond through stories and art.


Some Pets

by Angela Diterlizzi
illustrations by Brendan Wenzel
Published August 23rd 2016
by Beach Lane Books

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In this companion to Some Bugs, we head to a pet show to see whose pet won the blue ribbon! And we get to meet all sorts of pets, some that sit, some that stay, some that fetch and even some that play… What kind of pet is right for you?

Boos Art from this Book graphic

Some Pets Boo drawing

Rating art mediumink and colored pencil

Green Blue Watercolor Ball Line

Great read with a child looking to get a pet.

It makes me really sad to say that I wasn’t as impressed with this book as I was the bug book! Having a pet is so different from exploring the world of bugs… With pets there is so much responsibility and NONE of that was explored in the book. I would assume this was meant to be for a child that is a little more grown who read the original book Some Bugs but who wants to move on to animals they can interact with more (as pets…) and not just learn about their sounds and habitat.

Children already know a lot about the animals that make good pets so some of the spreads were just plain boring. My nephew really struggled to care and we ended up just flipping past rather quickly. The art didn’t really even spark his interest. In fact instead of being fascinating and drawing you in most spreads were too busy. We LOVED the spreads that only featured one set of words… For example “and some pets PLAY!” with the four cats playing with a mouse was spot on! It spoke to the nature of cats and was rich but not busy… The same with the “And some pets TALK.” spread with the parrot and cockatoo.

The one my nephew chose to draw with the dogs said “Some pets DROOL on their kibble!” It was so, so busy and had too much going on that had nothing to do with dogs. The costume was cute and drew my nephew to it but it said ZERO about dogs! And it said even less about how to care for a dog as a pet. Everything from the art to the words smacked of being what an adult THINKS a kid wants to hear about pets.

I wouldn’t suggest this for a home library because the words don’t hold a kid’s attention, the art was too scattered and it simply read as a book an adult would want to read to a child rather than a book a child would want to read… The message of the book was thin and had nothing to do with the art or the words! It was really quite odd… I totally suggest checking it out from the library.

Age Range: 4-8 years

Rating Heart Green GrungeRating Heart Striped PurpleRating Heart Blue

Can Grow with a Child? Rating No
Message Driven Story? Rating No
Worthy of a Home Library? Rating No
Appropriate for Special Needs? Rating No

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