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My Pet Wants a Pet

My Pet Wants a Pet

Elise Broach; illustrations by Eric Barclay

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


A charming picture book that cleverly captures a universal wish—to love and care for something—and shows that you're never too little to share in that dream, by New York Times­-bestselling author Elise Broach.

Once there was a boy who wanted something to take care of. Something of his very own. He begged his mother for a puppy. Until she said YES!
The boy loved his puppy. He fed him and played with him and cuddled him. But soon, the dog wanted something to take care of—something of his very own. So the dog gets a pet cat; then the cat gets a pet bird; the bird gets a pet worm; the worm gets a pet flea . . . and on and on it goes as utter chaos ensues.

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Praise for My Pet Wants a Pet

"This sweet story with beautifully vivid illustrations demonstrates how caring for others leads to personal happiness. A winning choice for storytime and family sharing."--School Library Journal

"Barclay’s illustrations are jaunty and cartoonlike, reminiscent of the work of Richard Scarry, with all characters—two-legged, four-legged, or no-legged—having a fantastic time playing and chasing each other. . . Great comedy throughout, with an inspiring closer."--Booklist

"Barclay’s simple, cheery ink-and-watercolor pictures emphasize the joy shared by the boy and the many pets . . . Broach’s language is similarly straightforward as she underscores the responsibilities and rewards of caring for another and the expansive possibilities of family."--Publishers Weekly

"From Broach and Barclay comes a story about the affection that grows between living beings who care for one another. . . . A sweet choice for a simple story that parents and children will enjoy laughing at together."--Kirkus Reviews

"Warm and funny."--The Horn Book

An Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee


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Elise Broach; illustrations by Eric Barclay

Elise Broach is the award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author of books for children and young adults, including The Wolf Keepers, Shakespeare's Secret, Masterpiece, and the Superstition Mountain Mysteries series as well as The Miniature World of Marvin and James, James to the Rescue and Trouble at School with Marvin and James. She lives in Connecticut with her family.

Eric Barclay is the creator of I Can See Just Fine, Hiding Phil, and Counting Dogs. He has also illustrated several books for young readers. He lives in Texas with his family.

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