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Children Make Terrible Pets

Brown, Peter

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Children Make Terrible Pets
When Lucy, a young bear, discovers a boy lost in the woods, she asks her mother if she can have him as a pet, only to find him impossible to train.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316015486
Branch Call Number: E Bro
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm


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Feb 21, 2015
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Lucy the bear is walking through the woods and comes across a little boy. She takes him home for a pet. Mama bear isn't convinced this is a good idea, but lets Lucy keep him on the condition that she takes good care of her pet. Lucy and her pet have fun together, but he is not house broken and causes problems. One day, the boy is gone. Lucy searches everywhere. She finally tracks him down back at his own home. Lucy realizes little boys should stay in their own homes instead of becoming pets.

The illustrations are done in pencil along with construction paper and wood. At first I found the illustrative style to be a little flat, but it quickly grew on me especially since the facial expressions are very well done and the scenes were at times hilarious.

This story was cute and funny. This is the story of what would happen if the pet situation were reversed and the little boy was taken home as a pet instead of the little boy bringing home an animal from the wild. Lucy is fantastic with her dramatic and overly enthusiastic personality. This is a fun story I think all children will enjoy. Advertized for ages 3-6 which is perfect.

Jun 12, 2014
  • nypl_morningside_heights rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A fun book to read,

Nov 22, 2013
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A little over my students' heads, but it got a few giggles. Not as good as Chowder, though.

May 15, 2013
  • JCLKateC rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I often recommend this title as well as other Peter Brown titles for patrons who are going to be a guest or mystery reader for an elementary school class. The story is funny and sweet, and the illustrations are fantastic.

Oct 31, 2012
  • thekristenkat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved the illustrations!

Oct 24, 2012
  • CR Youth Librarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The moral may be a bit obvious, but in a storytime it's a good counterpoint to the bleak awesomeness of I Want My Hat Back.

Jul 02, 2012
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I guess I just don't "get" this author the way I do others. The illustrations were still nice (very cool that parts were done with construction paper), but I feel the whole moral of the story gets laid on a bit too thick. Still a decent book, but will never hit my favourites list.

Jun 04, 2012
  • villapark rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Cute book! The illustrations give it a retro feel.

Nov 19, 2011
  • Ubalstecha rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a great book warning bears that adopting a human child as a pet is fraught with danger. They are messy, untrainable and tend to return to their families without warning.

A funny book that would be a great way to teach point of view and inferencing.


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