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The Best Pet Ever by Victoria Roberts and Illustrated by Deborah Allwright

Published by Tiger Tales Books

Pages: 32

Ages: 3-7

Publishers Summary: I see a rock. A smooth rock.
I tie a string around it.

I call him Fluffy.

A little girl really wants a pet, and with some creating thinking, she finds that any object—a rock, a glove, even a candy wrapper–can become the best pet ever. (At least, for a day or two.)
With wry humor, author Victoria Roberts and illustrator Deborah Allwright tell an unpredictable and hilarious tale about several peculiar pets and one child’s big imagination!

The Turkeybird Speaks: “I know just how this girl feels! We don’t have any pets. Well, I guess we do have fish, but those don’t really count, do they? They just swim around and around and around. All I want is a nice fluffy kitty or a big dog to run around with, and so does the little girl in the story.

“This book is so funny though. I know I want a pet real bad, but I don’t think I could have a rock as a pet. The balloon sounds great though. Until it pops! BANG! I always love that because my mom scares me every time, so so funny. ha ha. In the end she gets her very own kitty and I’m hoping one day I’ll get my own too.”

Mom’s Two Cents: “Remember when you were little and all you could think about was your very own pet to call your own? A pet you could play with, run with, and even talk with. Well, the little girl in The Best Pet Ever cannot stop thinking about this, so much so that goes to extreme measures to find her very own pet. First she befriends a rock, then a glove and a candy wrapper, and finally a balloon. Unfortunately they all have their downfalls and when the balloon finally pops the little girl is left wondering if she’ll ever have a pet of her own. It’s at this moment her mom surprises her with her very own kitty.

The Best Pet Ever is a delightful and beautifully illustrated story. It’s mentioned on the publisher’s site that the author was asthmatic as a child and as a consequence longed for the days when she could have her very own pet. This helps shed a little bit of light behind the meaning of the story, although I believe most children will relate to the little girl in the story. Her longing for something to call her own, a pet to play with and take care of.

“Besides the connection that children will have with the little girl’s longing for a pet I believe this is a fantastic source for teaching them about imagination. Obviously, the little girl will stop at nothing to have a ‘pet’ and even pretends to ‘walk’ a rock. This may seem crazy as an adult, but it’s perfect for little children discovering the world around them. For us, it’s been wonderful, as the Turkeybird only recently started his own form of imaginative play and Littlebug is joining in. I’m constantly on the lookout for books that will help his imagination, because of his struggles with his form of autism. Though many of his social struggles are slowly subsiding, his constant literal look at the world around him is one I’m always searching to help with, and this is a great book for helping with that.

“What begins as the story of a little girl in search of her very own pet becomes something much much more. The Best Pet Ever is all about using your imagination and making the best of a situation. Though the little girl doesn’t get her kitty until the very end of the book she still appreciates all the moments she has with her other ‘pets’. Perfect for teaching children about appreciation as well as aiding with imaginative play, The Best Pet Ever is a humorous and heart-warming story for all young children.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 3 to 6. Help a child cultivate their imagination and learn to appreciate those things they already have all while reading a delightful book.

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6 Responses to Book Review: The Best Pet Ever by Victoria Roberts

  1. This is very good book. We don’t have any pets besides fish too.

  2. Ahhhh a rock named Fluffy! How cute!

  3. MillyMarie says:

    Awww this makes me want to go right out and get her a pet. I am in complete love with the adorable illustrations. They sort of remind me of the old classic Strawberry Shortcake books.

  4. Gina says:

    YAY for pets in all shapes sizes and species… ^_^ Sounds like a wonderfully creative (and colorful, love the picture shared up there) way of sharing the joy of having a pet with all kiddos out there whether they currently have one or are longing for one. Thanks for sharing!

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