Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Review - Children Make Terrible Pets

Children Make Terrible Pets (Lucy #1)
by Peter Brown
Date: 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 40
Format: hardcover
Source: library

Meet Lucy. Meet Lucy's Pet.

She calls him Squeaker.

Lucy and Squeaker have the best day ever. Until things start to go wrong...

Do children make terrible pets? What do you think?

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Lucy is a bear. She's one of those kids who finds a creature in the woods, brings it home, and then whines until she gets to keep it as a pet. Her mother warns her that children don't make very good pets, but Lucy promises to take responsibility for Squeaker (as she calls him). But then... Squeaker goes missing. What's a bear to do?

This is a really odd book. Though it's less than a decade old, it feels like something that got dragged out of someone's basement stash. And I mean literally. Everything from the style of art to the choice of paper make it seem like a title from the 1950s or '60s. It's interesting... but I don't know if that's going to appeal more to kids or to their grandparents!

The story is really simple, so there's not a lot to say about that. Lucy has a pet. Lucy loses her pet. Lucy potentially finds another pet. I don't think she learned anything from her escapade with Squeaker, so I'm not sure what the point of the story even is.

Overall, this is a charming, inoffensive picture book about a bear in a tutu who likes pets. It's fun for a quick read, but that's about it.

Premise: 4/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3.33 out of 5

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