Cave Boy wants a pet more than anything. Can he find one that the whole family will agree on?
Cave Boy has lots of things. Rocks. Sticks. A club. But no pet! Cave Boy decides he must have a pet, but his parents object. He brings home animal after animal in hopes of overcoming his parents’ steadfast resistance, but his attempts are unsuccessful—until he finds a Dodo bird that is literally on the verge of extinction. And in a twist ending on a classic concept, Cave Boy and his family discover it’s worthwhile to have animal friends around.
With snappy text that is short, fun, and young, Me Want Pet! makes for an ideal read-aloud for the milk-and-cookies set.
Tammi Sauer is the author of Mr. Duck Means Business, Mostly Monsterly, Chicken Dance, Cowboy Camp, and other books. She has worked as both a teacher and library media specialist. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two children. Visit her at TammiSauer.com.
Bob Shea is a graphic designer and the author of Big Plans, illustrated by Lane Smith. He is the author and illustrator of New Socks and the acclaimed Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, which received three starred reviews and was one of Amazon’s Top 10 Picture Books 2008. Bob’s work has also appeared on Nick Jr., Noggin, and PBS Kids. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and son. Visit him at BobShea.com.
"This account of the age-old bond between animals and children is ideally paced for read-aloud pleasure."—Kirkus
"A humorous read-aloud that’s both age-appropriate and entertaining...Sauer and Shea’s collaboration will entice readers."—SchoolLibrary Journal
The adorably stilted language gives this go-round a fresh appeal, as do Shea’s wonderful digital illustrations, which put the roughly sketched Cave Boy atop constantly shifting and emotionally appropriate backgrounds of stone gray, hopeful yellow, and so on. The conclusion, in which the three animals save the day and all become pets, may make parents nervous. Pet-crazy kids, though, will say, “Me like.” --BOOKLIST, March 1, 2012