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Pet Dad
Elanna Allen
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2018

For every child who wants a pet—or another pet—this is the perfect book.

Plum wants a pet, but dad is firm that he doesn’t want a pet, so Plum does only what a little child can do, pretend his dad is her pet!  Her new pet loves to have its tummy rubbed and his ears scratched, but he refuses to roll over, eat her meals or be ‘paper-trained’ for his business.  Her pet just won’t do the tricks she wants, until she comes up with a new approach, that works every time!

Moving illustrations are done in muted colors and accented with Plum’s bright greens and blacks and bright orange for the “No’s.”  An imaginative, ‘what if dad were a pet’ story filled with humor.

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Smick!

Smick!
by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Juana Medina
Viking 2015

Told in 34 words and the simplest of drawings, readers are introduced to a playful puppy named Smick.  Eager to run, Smick chases after and returns a stick, until he hears a ‘cluck’, a new sound to the puppy.  Curious, he investigates, while his master calls out “No, Smick, no!” afraid Smick might hurt the tiny chick.  But, alas, the chick and Smick become friends and chase sticks together!  A fun story.  One a young one can use as a first reader.  With 20 of the 34 words rhyming, a child will delight in the fun sounds.

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Backhoe Joe

Backhoe Joe
By Lori Alexander, illustrated by Craig Cameron
HarperCollins, 2014

In Backhoe Joe, Nolan finds a ‘stray’ backhoe and takes him home to be his new pet.  His parents are a bit skeptical.  Nolan tries to show he can train his pet to “Come!”, “Stay!”, and “Leave it!”  But Backhoe Joe has a lot of energy and humorously makes messes—just like a real pet!  Finally Nolan finds a way to teach Joe commands.  Then Nolan sees a sign saying Joe is lost and if found, to call for a reward.  Nolan struggles with wanting to keep the backhoe as a pet and knowing he should return it to its owners.  He chooses to do the right thing.  His reward is visiting Joe at his real worksite.  And there’s a delightful twist at the end when Nolan gets his next pet.

Backhoe Joe is a perfect, heartfelt book for boys and girls who like trucks and construction things.  The illustrations are friendly and give Backhoe Joe a personality that complements Nolan’s.  The combined story and illustrations have the potential to become a classic.  A fun book about a different kind of “pet”!

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