The House of a Million Pets

Ann Hodgman; illustrations by Eugene Yelchin

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Ann Hodgman’s basement is home to three guinea pigs, a cage full of birds, a big gray rabbit, a prairie dog, a bulbul (look it up), two little rabbits, a hamster, and twenty-six pygmy mice. And that’s just the basement.Would your parents ever let you have that many pets at once?

If Ann Hodgman were your parents, she’d let you.

Here is the true story of what it’s like to live in her barnyard—er, house—with more animals than you’ll be able to keep track of.
Any kid (or adult) who has ever owned or wanted a pet will love these furry, feathered, slimy, and scaly stories.
The House of a Million Pets is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.


Read an Excerpt

I put the owl into a cardboard box and brought him into the kitchen. Then the kids and I bent over to look at him more closely.

If a bird can't "clench" its toes, that often means its leg or its back are broken. To test the owl's reflexes, I stuck my finger under his foot. To my surprise, his claws--very thick, strong talons for such a small guy--curled tightly around my finger. I tried the other foot--same thing. Encouraged, I stretched out each of his wings, which still had their baby feathers. Pecky tucked them back neatly against his sides as soon as I let go. So his wings were okay,


Praise for The House of a Million Pets

"Hodgman may not have had a dragon like Hagrid, but her tales are equally engaging, truthful and funny to readers of all ages. She’s a James Herriot for the 21st century."
--Kirkus Reviews
"Through careful observation [Hodgman's] able to create a distinct personality for most of her pets, and Eugene Yelchin’s black-and-white illustrations add a note of whimsy.... By the end of the book, you realize Hodgman is one Crazy Pet Lady. 'Good' crazy, though."
--The New York Times
"This humorous animal memoir will jump right off the shelves."
--Children's Literature
"This amusing ... memoir will have readers wishing they lived near Hodgman so they could drop in and meet who's new."
--School Library Journal
"Hodgman goes way beyond the standard pet story."

In the Press

THE HOUSE OF A MILLION PETS by Ann Hodgman, Eugene Yelchin | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of THE HOUSE OF A MILLION PETS . Well, it might not be a million, but Hodgman's barnyard of birds, rodents, insects, mammals, reptiles and amphibians includes the ordinary and the exotic.
- Kirkus Reviews

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  • Ann Hodgman; illustrations by Eugene Yelchin

  • ANN HODGMAN is the author of many books for children, but this is the first one she has written about her own life and her own pets. She lives in Washington, Connecticut.

    EUGENE YELCHIN studied art and theater design at the Leningrad Institute of Theater Arts. He lives in California.
  • Ann Hodgman
  • Eugene Yelchin
    Eugene Yelchin


Available Formats and Book Details

The House of a Million Pets

Ann Hodgman; illustrations by Eugene Yelchin

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
  • Hardcover



Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)