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Macmillan Children's Book

The Pet Potato

Author: Josh Lacey; illustrated by Momoko Abe

The Pet Potato

The Pet Potato


About This Book

Albert is desperate for a pet, so he's really excited when Dad finally brings one home. There's just one problem: it's a potato.
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Jory John meets Sophie's Squash in this delightful, offbeat, and hilarious picture book, The Pet Potato, about finding companionship in unlikely places.

Potatoes can't do anything a pet should. They can't learn tricks, or go for walks, or snuggle up with Albert.

But to Albert's surprise, his potato begins to grow on him, and soon he can't imagine having any other pet.

When the potato begins to rot, Albert is devastated. He buries it in his garden, and with a lot of care and a bit of patience, he discovers that his potato can do a great trick after all . . .

Josh Lacey and Momoko Abe have created a delightful, offbeat picture book about finding companionship in unlikely places.

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Roaring Brook Press



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In The News

"A child who begs for a pet finally receives one, sort of, in this quirky picture book for fans of Sophie’s Squash... Playful, bold-hued vignettes by debut illustrator Abe portray a blossoming friendship that includes pretend play, trips to the playground and library, and shared tub time (the potato is perfectly dressed for each occasion)." - Publishers Weekly

The titular spud’s amusing facial expressions and fashion (a pirate costume will be a hit with children who spot it) rendered in crayon-like strokes livens the book’s simple color palette...a great fit for a close storytime audience." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"[Lacey] convincingly portrays the transformation of a root vegetable into a sentient being, surely among the most magical powers of a child’s imagination. Abe’s vivid illustrations convey Albert’s (and his potato’s) emotions with subtlety and perception. A lovable choice for reading aloud." - Booklist

With great style and gentle humor, The Pet Potato demonstrates how a vivid imagination can transform an ordinary spud into an extraordinary buddy." - BookPage

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The Pet Potato

The Pet Potato