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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Spiral-bound: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Reference; 1st edition (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439829488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439829489
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,902,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A child of the Washington DC burbs, Jane Harrington grew up with five siblings, a beagle named Charlie and a parakeet named Pudgie. Summers were spent submerged in the local swimming pool, and winter days waned in front of TV reruns of Laugh-In and The Twilight Zone. Despite many hardships (no computers, cell phones or microwave popcorn, to name just a few) she reached adulthood in the late 1970s. By 1990 she had three daughters, to whom she'd read aloud the entire collection of children's books at the local public library. That's when she started writing.

For almost twenty years Jane's writing has been inspired by her three daughters. Their lively personalities regularly surface in her fiction. Meghan, her oldest daughter, held the spotlight in her first published short stories, and her youngest, Lucy, was strikingly similar to the central character of her first published book, LUCY'S COMPLETELY COOL AND TOTALLY TRUE E-JOURNAL (a national bestseller in Scholastic Book Fairs, hitting the top five). The escapades of her "middlest" daughter, Emma, sparked FOUR THINGS MY GEEKY-JOCK-OF-A-BEST-FRIEND MUST DO IN EUROPE, as well as the spin-off novel, MY BEST FRIEND, THE ATLANTIC OCEAN, AND OTHER GREAT BODIES STANDING BETWEEN ME AND MY LIFE WITH GIULIO (both Junior Library Guild selections). Jane's fourth book, EXTREME PETS! (a YALSA Quick Pick for Young Adult Readers), was inspired by some other wild things in her care--a menagerie of arthropods, reptiles and other critters that shared her house and classrooms during her years as a park naturalist and science teacher.

With her daughters off on their own real-life adventures, Jane looks to her husband and shelter-pup for amusement and is teaching college writing. Her wordcraft has turned to literary fiction and creative nonfiction, published in Chautauqua, Mom Egg Review and other journals. She is a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and is presently working on a novel set in the mystical, fragile Appalachian hills that are now her home.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Priscilla Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 22, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
Amazing! Gross! and Interesting! Those would be the three words that I would have to use to describe this colorful and educational book. The cover right away makes you take a second glance as you gaze into the eye of a slivering snake, a rat, wiggly worm, hairy spider, and a big fat cockroach. Definitely an attention getter and the perfect cover for what is ahead of you in this read.
Perhaps your child has been asking you to have one of these different pets instead of a sweet little puppy of cute kitten, and you'd like to know a little more about the care of them and just how 'kid friendly' they are. If that is the case, this is the book for you. It is broken down into five sections: Cold Blooded! Pocket Pets! Insects! Slimy Pets! and D.I.Y. Guide.
You can learn what it would be like to have a Corn Snake for a pet and what would be required for it's life and care. How about having a Madagascan Hissing Cockroach to cuddle with? Not sure? Read this book and it will help you make your decision.
I was very impressed with the exceptional photos in this book of each pet discussed and the way in which it was written. Down to earth, light-hearted with many remarks that would give anyone a good giggle and packed full of useful information.
I'll tell you, this is a gem of a book and one I am highly impressed with. I loved it and I'm a grandma with NO intentions of getting an extreme pet. Whether you are seriously considering allowing your child to have an unusual pet or you just want a book that will teach them about such pets you can't go wrong with this one.
I give it my highest recommendation. One great book. exceptional.
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By pat merlau on January 12, 2014
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Tabbed sections, heavy construction, colors great. Grandson loved it. Service great, on time, price very reasonable, would purchase again if needed and am always happy with Amazon service and quality of products
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By CL on November 14, 2013
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My kids have loved this book so much they wore it out and I had to buy another copy. I was so sad to see that it was out of print! This is the best book for kids interested in unusual pets. It was very helpful in determining what pets would be the best fit for my kids. Never thought I would have rats and geckos, but turns out they are the perfect fit!
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Wanted to find a copy of this book to give as a gift to my niece - she had been fascinated by the copy my son owned. Apparently, the book is no longer in print. The copy we found through Amazon was in terrific condition and arrived exactly when it was supposed to arrive. My niece was thrilled with the book, and I was thrilled with how easy it was to find and order. The price was also right.
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By big red on September 11, 2011
Format: Spiral-bound
this book is great for any kid who loves animals. it is interesting, funny, and educational. the author talks about each animal as a pet. talks about the care involved, feeding habits, playtime, cleaning, pros and cons of each animal as a pet then rates them. grade as a pet, cost, ease of care , etc are all rated report card style from A being the best or easiest to F. great pics, funny humor, and very educational. this has been my sons favorite book since he was 4 years old. i cant tell you how many times we have read it. i let him choose a pet and i read about it and the care of it. everything from chinchillas to hissing cockroaches and tadpoles. i definately recommend for any kid who loves animals.
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