This is another delightful book about the animals of the Pet Shop similar in text and artwork to Pet Shop Lullaby. As was true of Pet Shop Lullaby, I enjoyed this text for its simplicity and big bright artwork. All and all, both books are just a joy to read. In Pet Shop Follies, Fraser creates a day at the Pet Shop when customers are NOT coming in to see the pets. In an effort to attract attention from the "window shoppers," the animals create a show that demonstrates their thespian talents but also their "amazing skill and bravery." This encourages customers to come in and play with the animals (and maybe even to take them home as we imagine all pets desire when they are in the pet shop.)
I think this book is a great read for both children and adults. Fraser has the ability to capture much with her artwork that allows her to keep the text concise and free from a lot of superfluous words. This is a book that a child (and the adult) will notice new things each time they read. For example, I did not notice until my second read that when the hamster is tap dancing, he is using paperclips as his tap shoes. It is the little attention to detail that gives the reader enjoyment read after read. I appreciate this and an award-winning author like Fraser knows that this is what readers both young and old crave. Another excellent text by Mary Ann Fraser!
No customers have entered the pet store, and the animals are worried. They decide to put on a show to drum up some interest among the passers-by. Will their antics be enough to draw some people into the store? Bright, cheerful illustrations help to catch the attention of young children, and the simple story can initiate an interesting conversation about what some businesses do to increase demand for their products.