From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2—In this rhyming picture book, Danny decides he wants a pet turtle for his birthday. His family members, however, have different ideas and he gets a dog from his father, a kitten from his mother, a rat from his brother, and a bird from his sister. Finally, Danny convinces them that all he really wants is a box turtle, and while the others keep the pets they acquired, he finally gets his wish. While Javernick's verses are simple yet clever, it is O'Malley's energetic drawings that make the book shine. As each person speaks to him, Danny is shown wearing things that look turtle-ish, adding visual humor to the story. Meanwhile, there is a hint in the pictures and rhyme that forecast which pet he will receive next. The use of perspective as each new creature arrives grabs readers' attention and clearly shows how Danny feels about it. The bright pencil and marker illustrations practically jump off the page, while the large print makes the text easy to read. A brief note at the front informs parents that box turtles are challenging pets and need proper care. This is a great read-aloud, no matter what type of pet children prefer.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
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For his birthday, Danny is allowed any pet. After deliberating, he tells his parents, “All I really want is a turtle.” But everyone in his family has a better idea. His dad suggests a dog, which won’t sit “still like a log. His mom suggests a kitten (“soft like a mitten”), and his brother and sister think a rat and bird would be fun. Danny tries accepting each idea, but ultimately rejects them all. A dog might run away, a cat might cause sneezing, a rat has scary “beady eyes,” and a bird nips. After an exasperated Danny exclaims, “Not one of you listened to anything I said,” his family follows his original request for a turtle. The colorful, animated illustrations incorporate exaggerated close-ups, unusual perspectives, and witty details that extend the humor in the words. Young readers and listeners will enjoy the simple, well-paced, rhyming text and will appreciate Danny’s frustrations, as well as the satisfying conclusion. Preschool-Grade 2. --Shelle Rosenfeld