The Pet Project: Cute and Cuddly Vicious Verses

Basic Info:

Written by Lisa Wheeler. Illustrated by Zachariah OHora. Published Atheneum Books for Young Readers in 2013.

Book Review:

This adorable and funny book follows a young scientist as she tries to decide which kind of pet is best for her. Each poem contains a number of observations, and pros and cons for each possible pet she comes across. This book is perfect for learning about poetry, and it’s especially great for young science-minded kiddos who might not be into literature as much. Here’s a little excerpt from the book to get you hooked:

If you’re the type that oohs and aahs
at furry faces, precious paws,
the words ahead may be alarming:
Animals aren’t always charming.


The author suggests that one activity to do with this book is to have each child create their own perfect pet! They can decide what they can and cannot handle as far as being a pet owner. Let them draw and write about their ideal pet!

This has some author interviews as well as a list of other books written by Lisa Wheeler!


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