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My Pet Book

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  739 Ratings  ·  136 Reviews
Award-winning author-illustrator Bob Staake has created a rollicking picture book about a boy and his most unusual pet!

Most pets are cats and dogs, but what happens when a boy wants a different kind of pet, one that doesn’t meow or bark? Bob Staake’s exuberant tale of a little boy and the pet of his dreams will appeal to anyone whose best friends are . . . books! Books m
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jan 07, 2015 Rossy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Adorable book, lovely illustrations, I LOVED IT!
A little boy wants a pet and what's better than a book for a pet?
This was perfect <3
Laura Harrison
May 10, 2015 Laura Harrison rated it liked it
It darn near kills me giving a Staake book a 3 star review. But it is what it is. Vibrant, glorious illustrations with a blah story. It could have been great. The premise is cute as heck. But the story becomes dull and uninspired pretty early on. The pictures can definitely hold a child's attention.
Sara Grochowski
Bob Staake once again delights readers with his newest read aloud, MY PET BOOK. What kind of pet do you get when you don't care for puppy dogs and kittens make you sneezy? Why, a pet book of course! After all, pet books don't run away, they have no fleas, and they don't have to be fed. Inside, there are all sorts of tales sure to keep every owner occupied for hours. And, as our young book owner quickly learns, no matter how big or small, new or old, every book is a friend.
Amy Rae
Nov 08, 2014 Amy Rae rated it it was ok
This is a book with two things that annoy me about it and nothing that I really like.

First thing: The family in this book has a maid, which seems really unnecessary and stratifying to me. Her role could have been played by any absent-minded family member; an anachronistic maid (do people seriously still call housekeepers maids these days?) in an anachronistic domestic uniform isn't actually necessary.

Second thing: AFAICT, your choices in this book, as a person living in the illustrations, are t
The boy's mum gently asked him how a book could bring such joy.
"Because every book's a friend!" explained the yawning little boy.

I spotted this book and new it was a book I would really like. It turned out that I couldn't love it, due to some stuff, but most of the book was terrific so I really like it.

Why would you get a cat? Or a dog? Or even a goldfish? Those pets are so dull and so the same, what about a book for a pet? A pet that never sheds, never poops, never will get flees, and you ca
Jul 12, 2016 Ruth rated it it was amazing
An adorable children's book about a little boy who doesn't like cats or dogs because they are messy and make his sneeze, so he chooses a book for a pet. Any book-loving parent will giggle their way through reading this adorable story to their child, and children will love reading it as well. The illustrations are bright and bold and charming.
Sep 20, 2014 Becky rated it it was ok
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The boy in this story has a book for a pet. It's not that his parents wouldn't allow a cat or a dog, but, that this boy really wanted a pet book. The premise is quirky and not without potential. For some readers, this one may prove completely charming.

My problem with the Pet Book was not the premise. I found the rhythm and rhyme to be a bit off or unnatural. The rhyming just didn't work for me. And it felt like it was the need to rhyme that was driving the book, the story. For example when the
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Jul 10, 2014 Read Ribbet rated it really liked it
Bob Staake's geometric style that was so memorable in the wordless picture book Bluebird returns to tell the story of a young boy who opts for a book as a pet. Cleverly told, the tale becomes a cautionary tale when the book is missing and then we see how important it is to match a book and its owner. It would be a good title to integrate into lessons on urgency and choice.
Callie Rose Tyler
I think that maybe this one just wasn't my cup of tea. The illustrations were colorful but I thought that the rhythmic writing and plot were somewhat unimaginative. The concept seemed like a set up for a funny offbeat story but I didn't get the humor and was a little bored.
Sep 29, 2015 Jill rated it really liked it
Fun for early elementary kids who can get the joke of a pet being a book that doesn't do normal pet things (like poop!) This book also show us why a book is so great. And bonus--the author rhymes rarity and charity!
Megan Ivy
Aug 31, 2014 Megan Ivy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: girl-s-books
This book is adorable. My girls absolutely loved the idea of a pet book, and that the boy had the book on a leash. The pictures are beautiful, bright, and bold. I will be taking this in to read to my Kindergarten class as well :-)
Mar 03, 2016 Paula rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This rhyming tale is of a boy who pleads for a pet-but with a few caveats attached. He is apparently allergic to cats and wants a pet that is little to no trouble. His doting parents suggest a book, and he chooses a bright red one at the bookstore. The opening stanzas extol the advantages of a pet book (no walks, no feeding, no cleaning up poop). The remaining describe the frantic search for his pet when he discovers the maid has donated it to charity and it is now somewhere in a thrift shop. Th ...more
A boy in Smartytown wanted a pet that is easy! His mom and dad suggested a book because it would never run away. They family went to the book store to pick out a book and the boy spotted one and bought it. He was happy because he didn't need to give his pet a name. He was happy that his pet wasn't like all the other pets because he didn't need to bathe it, pick up poop, eat, drink, or shed. He says a pet book never makes a sound and is good for evening strolls. He left his pet at home while he w ...more
Dione Basseri
Feb 01, 2016 Dione Basseri rated it really liked it
Quick question: What sort of maid has the power to go donate things from her employer's household without consulting them? I mean, if she'd shown her donation box, the pet book would have been seen immediately!

But anyways. As the title says, this story is about a young boy and his pet book, chosen because he doesn't like dogs, is allergic to cats, and books show none of the bad habits of all other animals. Which, as a pet owner three times over, I'm a bit like :/, but whatever. It's a silly idea
Karissa Fankhauser
Sep 22, 2015 Karissa Fankhauser rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Imagine how exciting it is for a child to get his or her first pet. However, one little boy from Smartytown's pet is not like is a book! He would rather have a book than a pet with fleas, whiskers, or fur. What a great companion, right? The two of them share many evening strolls and adventures to imaginary places, until someone accidentally gives his book away. At this point in the book, the fact that the illustrator made the boys face giant and purple lets the reader know that he is s ...more
Samuel Tyler
Jul 16, 2015 Samuel Tyler rated it really liked it
I have a deep regard for books; they led to my love of reading and later my career as a Librarian. Over the years I have had some books that I have read many times and are firm favourites, but would I go so far as to call them my pets? I don’t keep them in a little book house (unless that’s how you describe your bookshelf) and I don’t walk around the street with them on a lead. Who on Earth would do that?

The little boy who stars in ‘‘My Pet Book’’ does. This is a little chap who has no interest
Dec 29, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Most kids want a dog or a cat for a pet. Not the smartest boy in Smartytown! He wants a pet that’s “easy”. He begs his parents, and they agree that he can get a pet book. Oh the excitement of having a pet that doesn’t need to eat or drink, nor will it shed. As an added bonus, the boy can read it and fall into the tales inside the pages. It seems like the perfect pet, until it goes missing. Where can it be? What makes a pet book better than a regular pet? Will the boy and his book be reunited? En ...more
Jul 08, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing
I have a little boy who loves books. He takes books with him everywhere we go: In the car; to church; out to dinner; to my parents' house, etc. There are stacks of his books in every room of our house. He loves books almost as much as he loves his cat, Molly Kitten. And books, unlike Molly Kitten, have never destroyed a single doorframe.

It is easy to see how a child who loves books would love THIS book which is a silly and sweet love-letter to books. But beyond that, I think this delightful red
Aug 09, 2014 Jocelin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
My interest in this story was peak by the Intel commercial featuring Bob Staake. The commercial shows his creative process of crafting a story with some very colorful animation thrown in as well. I loved the fact that he was reading his story to kids and they were really into it (commercial, I know actors). It was still cute. I have read other books that Mr. Staake was the illustrator on and he has a wonderful gift.
I think is my favorite book by him thus far. This is a children's book for ANYON
This wonderfully silly tribute to young booklovers everywhere might be the perfect gift for the child that has everything he/she could ever want except for a pet--or perhaps, a new book. When the young boy in this picture book expresses interest in a pet, his parents agree and take him to a bookstore where he picks up the perfect one--"a frisky red hardcover!" (unpaged). As he goes about his day, the text and illustrations reveal many of the advantages to having a book for a pet. The two are jus ...more
Sep 17, 2014 Allison rated it it was amazing
This book focuses on a little boy who wants a pet but doesn't really care for all the trouble a pet requires. His mother recommends a book as a pet and immediately he thought it was a perfect idea. He had a hard time only picking one. When he finally found it he couldn't put it down. He loved his new pet. His pet allowed him to imagine, explore, and be a part of the story. Then all of a sudden when he came from school one day, his book was gone. His maid accidentally took it to donate it to char ...more
Melissa Rochelle
I find rhyming books so much fun to read aloud. It's even better when the book is about a boy and his love for his pet book -- because not everyone is interested in or can have the furry kind of pet or a pet that poops or one you have to clean up after. However, even if it's just a pet book you have to be careful to not lose it.
Jul 20, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it
"Most pets, you know are cats and dogs, go out and take a look.
But there's a boy in Smartytown whose is a little book."

The boy wants a pet that's easy to take care of and decides that a book suits him best. But when he comes home from school, the book is missing. Oh No! The maid has taken the book to Goodwill.
Stephanie Croaning
This is one of those books that, since reading it, I want to make everyone around me read it too! It is that good! The book is dedicated to "every child who loves a special book." Told in rhyme, the story follows the special relationship between a boy and his pet book and all the special connections they share. At one point, the boy's mom asks him how a book could bring him such joy, and he replies, "It's cuz every book's a friend!"

This is a wonderful celebration of special books that can chang
Dec 10, 2013 Karin rated it it was amazing
Adorable book about a boy that doesn't want a typical pet. Instead, he decides to get a pet book. This book is so colorful and fun to read. Perfect for anyone who loves books and loves to read.
May 05, 2015 Patty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Adorable. I read hundreds of picture books and don't usually review them on here but do give this one a look. Love that it also teaches kids book terminology.
I am discovering just how difficult it is to find really good children's books. Ones that have a good story, good rhymes to keep my 1 1/2 year old entertained, and pictures she cares to look at. Ok so a few times the rhymes in My Pet Book feel a bit forced, but other then that it has everything. My daughter loves it so much I often time fine her reading it to herself as she flips through the pages looking at the pictures, and when I start to read it for her, and she is in the other room, she com ...more
Kat B
Oct 28, 2014 Kat B rated it really liked it
Somewhere in a town called Smartytown there is a boy. While lots of people in the town have dogs and cats for pets not this boy. He has an item even stranger then a pet rock! A book! He has a pet book. Leave it to a boy in Smartytown to have a pet book.

Books make the perfect pet and there was never a report that any pet books have run away. Things take a turn for the worst when the book is lost!!!

To find out more about how a book makes a perfect pet visit The Banana Peel.
Oct 22, 2014 Venus rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on Children's Atheneum

Most pets are cats and dogs, but what happens when a boy wants a different kind of pet, one that doesn’t meow or bark? And so one boy decides to adopt a book, a bright red one. However, even pet books can go missing it seems.

This book was absolutely adorable, with fabulous illustrations and you know what I thought about the entire time? How ratty and tattered that poor book would be after a day of dragging it around the city. I know, silly, especial
Dec 20, 2014 Lynn rated it really liked it
Even with the clue on the cover illustration, I missed the point that this would be about a pet that is a book! Being a librarian, I was thinking it would be a book about pets, such as a ‘horse book’ or an ‘adventure book’. I wonder how my students will interpret the title!
This is a great example of how fantasy makes the reader believe in the impossible. Staake builds a perfectly reasonable foundation and explanation for how the boy acquires a book for a pet. The introduction of the maid when
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Bob Staake has authored and/or illustrated more than forty-two books, including The Red Lemon, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year. His work has graced the cover of The New Yorker a dozen times, and his November 17, 2008 Barack Obama victory cover was named Best Magazine Cover of the Year by Time magazine. He lives on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts.
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