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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; 1 edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060001089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060001087
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.3 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-Palatini adds her own brand of offbeat humor and an unexpected ending to the traditional story of a child trying to convince her parents that she should have a pet. Elizabeth accepts the substitute cactus plant ("-it had quite a prickly sense of humor") and even names it, but she doesn't give up, surprising her parents in bed, in the bathroom ("Catch Them Off Guard"), and at the dinner table. While she enumerates the advantages of each animal, requesting everything from a horse to a rat, her parents counter with the negatives. Finally, the child finds her own solution. She adopts a bug, names him Doug, and provides him with a perfect habitat, good food, and companionship. He is the perfect pet, and Elizabeth loves him for his differences and individuality. Mother, on the other hand, is not happy with the idea. There is a happy ending, though, as Doug joins the family on the couch with a bowl of popcorn. The finely crafted illustrations in both delicate pastel shades and bright colors combine realistic pictures of animals and people with cartoon elements and an engaging little bug. For storytimes, combine this winner with Liesel Moak Skorpen's All the Lassies (Dial, 1970; o.p.) and Judith Viorst's poem "Mother Doesn't Want a Dog." Good for individual or group sharing.
Marlene Gawron, formerly at Orange County Library, Orlando, FL
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

PreS-Gr. 2. Elizabeth won't take no for an answer when her parents refuse to get her a pet. Although she likes her pet cactus, Carolyn, she really wants something that moves, so she hatches plan after plan, determined to get what she wants. She tries "Element of Surprise," waking her parents up at night to request a horse. "Father yawned, 'A horse is too big.' / Mother sighed, 'Our yard is too small.'" Elizabeth receives similar responses when she tries "Catch Them Off Guard" to request a dog, and the "Full Stomach" approach to ask for a cat while at the dinner table. Nothing works, but just as Elizabeth runs out of ideas, she discovers Doug, a bug, right on her rug. Then, she has to convince her mother that Doug is perfect. "Think we should have said 'yes' to the dog?" whispers Father to Mother. Whatley's bright, double-page spreads are hilarious, depicting the best- and the worst-case scenarios of pet ownership. Great for reading aloud; children will delight in Elizabeth's resourcefulness and persistence. Helen Rosenberg
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on May 19, 2013
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Bought this book to go along with writing an opinion paragraph with a second grade class. They loved the book and it gave them ideas to go along with the assignment.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on December 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Elizabeth wants a pet, but her parents say NO to all of her ideas. She ends up with a cactus called Carolyn. She likes the plant but decides to keep asking her parents for other animals. They keep telling her no. She finds a bug one day and decides that he is the perfect pet.
We liked the pictures in the book. The story line kept us interested til the end.
I would recommend this book because most kids can relate to the little girl in the story. She wants a pet but her parents won't let her have one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The girl wants a pet and she tells her dad to buy her a pet. The dad tells her no because she is too small and she ends with a cactus. I recommend this book for children under five years of age. It is funny. My friend, Pancho, really liked the book. The cactus turned out to be a perfect pet. You did not have to feed it, or take it for a walk.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By teachtoinspire on March 6, 2014
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Book was in good condition and arrived before the expected date. The book was not quite what I was looking for as a mentor text for writing but it will still make a nice addition to our classroom library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cate on April 8, 2013
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Bought this for my classroom and kids thoroughly enjoyed it. Created a writing exercise and had a blast. What is the perfect pet for a classroom? For your home?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DBeadle on May 22, 2009
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This is a great book to use to have your class write a persuasive piece about asking their parents for a pet!
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