A pet can be a best friend – if dreams are lived up to. Or they can have a mind of their own – or other, less savoury drawbacks. Choose wisely, kids! These girls have had to make certain adjustments to their expectations…
A Pet for Petunia
by Paul Schmid
ISBN: 978 1 06196 331 5
Petunia loves skunks. Small, cute, they are everything she wants, and what she wants is a pet skunk. Her parents refuse, to no one’s surprise but Petunia. Thwarted and grumpy, she goes into the woods, where she meets one and discovers that her parents are right, they DO stink! Not that this makes her love them less, but perhaps she will be content with her stuffed one after this revelation – or find a whole new kind of pet to long for.
by Emily Gravett
ISBN: 978 0 230 74537 7
Matilda’s cat likes playing with wool. Actually, Matilda’s cat doesn’t like doing anything she enjoys, and Gravett’s brilliant way with an expression and body language make it clear that his reactions to her plans range from bored to terrified. So why does he keep hanging around? Because, as we discover at the end, what he really likes is Matilda!
Gravett is an excellent go-to for comedic illustrations, and this book is no exception. Check out this sample page: