Wanted: The Perfect Pet: Fiona Roberton
(Hodder Children’s Books, 2009)
Henry wants the perfect pet, the duck wants a friend. They might just be able to help each other.
“I want a pet with personality. I want a dog. [..] Because it is common knowledge,” said Henry, “that a dog is The Perfect Pet for a boy.”
… “Or a girl,” adds MG at this point in the story. I tend to read it as ‘child’ now The ‘simple’ style of illustration in this book perfectly convey so much emotion and humour. It really is a joy to read aloud but with little details that make it a great reading book too. It could easily be reformatted as an early reader especially as it is made up of three ‘chapters’, however it deserves the bigger format in order to enjoy the art and story fully.
It completely tickles my funny bone – I especially like the classified ads including the castle for rent with ‘atmosphere of impending doom’. The story has a surreal edge in the vein of Oliver Jeffers and the story is wonderfully heartwarming.
This is just a gorgeous book to snuggle up with, and one I’ve read to myself without the children a few times too because it’s so lovely! It also shows us that what we think we want might not be what we actually need, and to take note of what someone is, not what they aren’t.
Wanted: The Perfect Pet was published in paperback on 5 Jul 2012, as was the hardback of The Perfect Present also featuring Henry and his perfect pet. We loved this book and will be looking out for the second in the series, and hopefully more.
Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of Wanted: The Perfect Pet by Hachette Children’s Books for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.
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