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The Pet War

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  161 ratings  ·  32 reviews
THE PET WAR is a hilarious story about the timeless battles of dog vs. cat, brother vs. sister, know-it-all vs. know-nothing.

Eleven-year-old Otto wants a dog. His twelve-year-old perfect sister, Lexi, wants a cat. Their mother, who works very long hours as a nurse, wants neither. Pets are expensive so who's going to pay for everything? And what happens to the pet when the
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Scholastic Press
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Michael Jenkins
Eleven year old Otto wants a dog but his sister Lexi wants a cat. The two could not be anymore different when it comes to preferences but they are convinced that their mom is going to hear their side of the story. While they each claim that one pet is better than the other, their mom wants them to work for it, considering the expense and responsibility of owning an animal. Otto does not think he has much of a chance earning money, the odds are not in his favor. For instance, Lexi is the smart on ...more
Pop Bop
Is It A Cliche If It's The First Time YOU've Read It?

I liked this book, for reasons set out below. But first, here's a question. How does a brand new reader know when something is cliched? When you read your first book about a normal kid who, unbeknownst to him, is really half royal Faerie, do you know there are lots of those books around? How about the quest for the secret grimoire that the evil villain wants? Or the suspicion that your teacher is an alien? Or the telepathic pet? And so on.

Lisa B.
The was a fun read. I read it as the same time as a young family member, and we enjoyed being able to share our different thoughts about the book. It was a different way for us to connect. We liked talking about Otto and the different ways he tried to earn money for getting a dog. We talked about the sibling rivalry that took place and how this relates to real life. Reading this book and sharing it was a great experience.

My thanks to Scholastic, via Netgalley for allowing me to read this for an
Otto is a creative 11 year old boy who wants a dog. His 12 year old sister, Lexi, would love to have a cat in the family. Their mom has no desire at all for a cat nor a dog. When the two of them approach their mom with the idea of getting a pet, but disagreeing as to which pet to get, their mom comes up with a solution: the first one to earn $500 at the end of the month will get to choose their pet. Both siblings agree to the deal, and they take off earning as much money as they can: Lexi opens ...more
Samantha Zimmerman
After his neighbors move away, Otto realizes his life isn’t complete without a dog. But it has to be a dog, no matter what his sister cannot convince their mom to get a cat. Lexi thinks dogs are gross, smelly and all around horrible creatures, that’s why cats are the best animals ever. Otto and Lexi fight and argue and finally they go to their mom to settle to score, what animal will it be? She decides to start a race, whoever can get the most amount of money toward their animal will be able to ...more
I wanted to like this and I did like a lot of it. The sibling rivalry felt very true to life (I have a younger brother!) and I liked that the kids had to work for what they wanted. There is a lot of humor, a really good cover, and a premise that I think will keep kids reading. However, my personal objection (as someone who volunteers at my local animal shelter) is that not once in this story about getting a pet do they consider adopting from a shelter. In fact, and I don’t think this is much of ...more
Students laughed out loud as they enjoyed the predicaments of the main characters. The book is filled with realistic sibling rivalry and a storyline that every young pet owner would love.
Abby Stanwood
This book is new and the bomb! It is a great story about a brother Otto who wants a dog and a sister Lexi who wants a cat. They both try to earn 500$ to get a dog or cat this is a war.
Taylor Melum
Citations: Woodrow, Allan. (2013). The pet war. New York, NY. Scholastic Press
Genre: Realistic Fiction Humor
Format: Chapter
Reading level: 3
Theme/topic: responsibilities

Summary: The Pet War by Allan Woodrow is the typical story of a brother and sister rivalry. Otto's neighbors have just moved away and they took their dog with them, who was Otto's favorite. Otto had always wanted a dog of his own but his parents didn't think he could handle the responsibility. When Otto's big sister wants a cat i
Anna Reid
The Pet War was a book that almost anyone with a sibling could relate to. Otto and his younger sister Lexi could not agree on whether to get a cat or a dog as a pet. This reminds me of when I was a child growing up with my two older siblings, they always seemed to have the upper hand in the arguments because they were older. When Otto confronted Lexi, they began to raise money and whoever got to $500 dollars first got to get the pet they wanted. When Otto started a dog walking business he ended ...more
Ms. Yingling
Otto really wants a dog. His older sister, Lexi, really wants a cat. Their mother really doesn't want either one, but tells the children that whoever can raise $500 can choose the pet. Both kids embark on a series of money making ventures. Otto doesn't fair very well-- he sells apples that his mother bought, but for less than she paid for them. He makes a disastrous batch of cookies. He puts together a dog walking business, but uses so much of his mother's ink printing flyers that he owes her mo ...more
Sibling rivalry is taken to its worst excesses in this humorous book about the war that erupts between eleven-year-old Otto and his twelve-year-old sister, Lexi. Otto longs for a dog of his own while Lexi loves cats. Lexi has always been an excellent student and a talented artist, and just the once, when the stakes are so high, Otto is determined to beat her. At stake is the possibility of a new family pet, depending on which youngster can raise $500 over the course of a month. The author has cr ...more
Lily May
The pet war was very good . It had a surprise ending, a lot of books that i have read have an ending when the main character always wins or etc. I think Allan Woodrow is a great author and i would like to read some more of his books.I liked how Otto never gave up and in the end helped his sister so they could get a cat together.I also thought it was cool when the dad got a dog .I thought it was pretty good book!!
At my school library, dog and cat books are always flying off of the shelves. Here is another that I believe will join that group...

Otto desperately wants a dog, but his annoying older sister Lexi wants a cat. Mom tries to tone down the siblings' spat by issuing a challenge: whoever raises $500 by the end of the month can get the pet of their choice. But instead of quieting the two, the challenge causes an all-out pet war!

Many will get a laugh from Otto's quirky attempts to earn money. Some will
Marilyn Olson
This book has a great premise and an attractive cover, but it could have been improved with better editing. It went on a little too long and how realistic is it for an 11 and 12 year old to be able to earn $500 each in a month's time? The Lemonade War is a better example of a book dealing with brother/ sister conflict and kids making money.
Loved it! I get so scared in books where the characters have to make a choice between right and wrong... I want them to make the right choice and when it takes them a while, I get stressed! (I'm weird, I know). Anyway, it's a great book that lots of kids can relate to. I'll probably read it aloud to my 5th graders next year.
Ann Haefele
11 year old Otto wants a dog and his 12 year old sister wants a cat. Mom has said the first to raise $500 will get to choose the family pet. Pets take responsibility and cost money so she thinks thus is a fair task. Sibling rivalry erupts along with crazy schemes to earn money. The solution appears only after both kids realize they are family and really should be working together.
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Elizabeth Finney
Funny situations, somewhat sitcom-y - smart alec boy doesn't learn until suddenly at the very end of the book.
It was the BEST book on animals. It was about Otto and his sister wanting a pet so much so they have a race and whoever got to $500 dollars first, got to get their pet. It was an amazing book and I totally recommend it.
I would give this book to many people it awesome
I read this book with my 8 and 6 year old sons. The general idea behind the book and the actual writing were good; however, the main character is a selfish, lying, lazy kid with a bad attitude for almost the entire book. He does learn a lesson by the end of the book, but I didn't feel like it was enough to make up for all the negativity. Also, the parents in this book are so detached it's ridiculous. Basically, there wasn't a redeeming role model type in the entire book. The last two chapters we ...more
Nov 05, 2014 PWRL marked it as to-read
Shelves: zzz2014-nov-new
Emma Rice
I thought that this was a great great book. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves gossip, animals, and a few twists here and there. I'm talking about you MEAGAN.
The Pet War was a very interesting and detailed book. It was about a 11 year old boy who really wanted a dog. The only problem was that the boys sister wanted a cat. Soon they ended up in a fierce battle to see who could pick the pet. To be honest the book didn't end exactly end as I expected but the storyline was still amazing. The relationship between the boy and his sister was horrible but started to get better.
The best book ever
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
It's not just cat vs dog; it's brother vs sister. Definitely an epic battle.
Macy paschoal
This book was really good especially if you and your sibling are like the brother and sister in this book. This book is fun, competitive, and loving. I hope if you read it you will enjoy it.
Catrina R
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Allan Woodrow grew up outside of East Lansing, Michigan and was cursed with a boring, happy and loving family, giving him nothing interesting to write about. He resented it for years. Despite this hurdle, he tried to piece together his Great American Novel but failed miserably. Meanwhile, Allan went into advertising, a career where writing and knowing nothing go together surprisingly well. He spen ...more
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