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The Resource The pet project : cute and cuddly vicious verses, written by Lisa Wheeler ; illustrated by Zachariah OHora

The pet project : cute and cuddly vicious verses, written by Lisa Wheeler ; illustrated by Zachariah OHora

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The pet project : cute and cuddly vicious verses
Title
The pet project
Title remainder
cute and cuddly vicious verses
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written by Lisa Wheeler ; illustrated by Zachariah OHora
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Language
eng
Summary
The child of two scientists sets out to do research into what sort of an animal would make the best pet and reaches a surprising conclusion
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Review
  • Grades K-3 This one comes with a warning: “Animals aren’t always charming.” When the girl in this picture book of rhymed poems asks her parents for a pet, the “science-minded folk” suggest she do her research first. Good idea. Armed with notebook and pen, she meets a cow who looks peaceful, but “upon closer inspection / she seemed sort of mean / nudging me into the mud.” Next up are a kicking pony, a pooping dove, and a dead goldfish. Throughout, animals are “test subjects,” and her observations appear periodically on lined notebook paper. After a series of disappointments, our gal comes to an important conclusion: she is not a kid cut out for too much pet responsibility. She is the kind of kid who settles on a microscope to view teeny tiny “beasties.” Wheeler’s simple poems are fun and funny, and they introduce a wide variety of critters. OHora’s thickly lined acrylic illustrations add to the entertainment, with a bespectacled, science-minded girl (yay!) at the helm and humorous interpretations of animals, set on white pages. Also, this one might talk kids out of wanting a pet. You’re welcome. -- Kelley, Ann (Reviewed 04-01-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 15, p86)
  • When a bespectacled girl with pigtails asks her parents for a pet, they suggest she take a scientific approach, researching potential animals. The girl’s investigations take her to the farm, zoo, woods, and more, but the results are not encouraging. A monkey’s “fur is full of bugs and lice/ He flings his poo—His aim’s precise.” Rabbits are “Steadfast fur soldiers,/ armed to the teeth... conquering cabbages row upon row.” And cats are downright bipolar: “Pitter-patter pampered paws,/ ripping razor cutting claws.” OHora’s chunky acrylic caricatures are well suited to Wheeler’s lightly wicked humor (a pony is shown in a beauty salon chair, mane in curlers, kicking at the girl). The poems may not make children rethink their pet dreams, but they’ll certainly laugh at the worst-case scenarios. Ages 4–8. Illustrator’s agent: Sean McCarthy, Sheldon Fogelman Agency. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed March 11, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 10, p)
  • Let parents who find inspiration in this book think twice. They may think they can use the collection as an example and tell their kids, "If you want a pet, you have to write a report, preferably in verse form, on which animal is the best choice." Like the narrator, their children may decide they'd rather have a microscope instead of a real, live pet. So a note to parents: That trick almost never works. Kids will enjoy the poems for a completely different reason: They are funny. The section about farm animals has many, many jokes about poo. The pattern is always the same. The main character thinks she might like a cow or a chicken as a pet. Then it poops on her, or maybe kicks her or pecks at her instead. The later sections of the book are more inventive, and the jokes are concomitantly cleverer. The funniest, and shortest, poem is about a hippopotamus: "Chances of getting a hippo: / zippo." OHora's acrylics make sure kids get the jokes, engulfing the girl in smelly, green hippo breath and gleefully depicting both excrement and icky eating habits. The microscope may seem anticlimactic after she's looked at hippos and monkeys, but her choice makes perfect sense. Parents will find it heartwarming, since it encourages an interest in science. Children might prefer the hippo, but they'll have fun reading the poop jokes out loud to their parents again and again. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2013)
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10173115
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1963-
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Wheeler, Lisa
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 3
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
OHora, Zachariah
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True
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  • Stories in rhyme
  • Animals
  • Pets
Target audience
primary
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cute and cuddly vicious verses
Label
The pet project : cute and cuddly vicious verses, written by Lisa Wheeler ; illustrated by Zachariah OHora
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
000047813653
Dimensions
27 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9781416975953
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Other physical details
col. ill.
Label
The pet project : cute and cuddly vicious verses, written by Lisa Wheeler ; illustrated by Zachariah OHora
Publication
Control code
000047813653
Dimensions
27 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9781416975953
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Other physical details
col. ill.

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