Me and My Animal Friends

Ralph Covert; illustrations by Laurie Keller

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

If you wanted a pet, if you really really wanted just the right pet, what would it be? A gecko, a goose, or a humpback whale? A Minnesota minnow or a South Dakota snail? Come to Ralph’s World and join Ralph on a zany adventure across land and water in happy celebration of animal friends of all kinds.

Kids’ rock star Ralph Covert’s playful lyrics to the popular song “Me and My Animal Friends” are coupled with Laurie Keller’s whimsical illustrations. Make sure to look for Ralph on every page: he’s in animal disguise!



  • Ralph's World live on WGN-TV Chicago

    Ralph's World live on WGN-TV Chicago performing Me and My Animal Friends.



Praise for Me and My Animal Friends

“A jaunty rhyme scheme and fun wordplay keep the story bouncing, while the typography's size and color play up the pleading. Keller (The Scrambled States of America) depicts a zany menagerie in kinetic mixed media artwork that's bursting with fun details; keen-eyed readers will spot photos of Covert's face playfully worked into each spread. Keller seamlessly extends the text to create a true family dynamic, as Mom and Dad adamantly protest ‘Noooooo’ early on, but relent in the end.”—Publishers Weekly

“This contagiously playful collaboration is filled with sly textual and visual jokes.”—School Library Journal

“Musician and author Covert (Ralph’s World Rocks, 2008) incorporates rhyme and a menagerie of animals in this playful title, based on song lyrics, about yearning for a pet. … What shines brightest here are the witty animal illustrations, which add flair to the familiar pet-wish premise.”—Booklist

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Ralph Covert; illustrations by Laurie Keller

  • RALPH COVERT is the author of the picture book Ralph’s World Rocks!, illustrated by Charise Mericle Harper, and is the Grammy-nominated creator of Ralph’s World, the popular children’s line of music which includes eight CDs and two DVDs. He can be seen regularly in his music videos on Playhouse Disney. He lives in Chicago with his family.

    is the bestselling author and illustrator of many books, including The Scrambled States of America Talent Show; Do Unto Otters, A Book About Manners; and Arnie, the Doughnut. She lives in North Muskegon, Michigan.
  • Laurie Keller


Available Formats and Book Details

Me and My Animal Friends

Ralph Covert; illustrations by Laurie Keller

  • Hardcover