Pinky and Rex and the Just-Right Pet

Pinky and Rex and the Just-Right Pet

(Part of Pinky & Rex)
Illustrated by: Melissa Sweet
For Ages: 6 - 8
Pinky's family has decided that they want to get a pet, but what kind? Pinky wants a dog but he is outvoted three to one in favor of a cat. The decision is sealed during a trip to the supermarket. There, in front of the store, is a girl giving away free kittens and Amanda has chosen one before Pinky is even out of the car.
At home, Pinky's sister Amanda announces, "She's really mine. I was the first one to hold her and that makes me her mother." Pinky doesn't care. He wants a dog. But that's before Patches, as Amanda has named the kitten, sneaks into Pinky's room each night and Pinky finds himself having a change of heart.
In Pinky and Rex and the Just-Right Pet, the twelfth book in the Pinky and Rex series, James Howe once again illuminates a family situation recognizable to all.
  • Simon Spotlight | 
  • 48 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780689828614 | 
  • May 2001 | 
  • Grades 1 - 3 | 
  • Lexile ® 530L
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About the Author

James Howe
Photograph by John Maggiotto

James Howe

James Howe is the author of more than ninety books for young readers, including the modern classic Bunnicula and its highly popular sequels. In 2001, Howe published The Misfits, the story of four outcast seventh-graders who try to end name-calling in their school. The Misfits is now widely read and studied in middle schools throughout the country, and was the inspiration for the national movement known as No Name-Calling Week (, an event observed by thousands of middle and elementary schools annually. There are three companion novels to The Misfits: Totally Joe (2005), Addie on the Inside (2011), and Also Known as Elvis (2014). Howe’s many other books for children from preschool through teens frequently deal with the acceptance of difference and being true to oneself. Visit him online at