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Children Make Terrible Pets (Lucy)

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Meet Lucy. Meet Lucy's Pet.

She calls him Squeaker.

Lucy and Squeaker have the best day ever. Until things start to go wrong...

Do children make terrible pets? What do you think?
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published September 2010 by Hachette, Little, Brown and Company
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Feb 16, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was amazing

Lucy, young bear, finds a very adorable creature (a little boy) in the woods one day and promptly brings it home to be her pet. Her mother warns that "children make terrible pets." But, Lucy is convinced that she and her boy will be very happy together. And they are--for awhile. But, when the boy goes missing one day and Lucy sets off to find him, she discovers more than she bargained for.

I think Peter Brown is special because he can be funny and touching and offer lessons without being pushy or
Lisa Vegan
Nov 15, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: kids who want wild animals for pets; anyone who enjoys humorous picture books
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
My favorite line was “Woof!” I giggled at that. The whole story and its pictures are adorable.

This is a very cute story that children will identify with, especially those who long for unconventional pets or who care about wildlife. Lucy the bear finds a child she calls Squeaker and brings him home and begs to keep him. By the end of this experiment Lucy realizes that her pet belongs with his own kind and she also learns a bunch of reasons why children make terrible pets. And, then there is a ver
Feb 23, 2011 Ann rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ann by: Kathryn
This is too funny!

I'm a huge fan of Peter Brown's Flight of the Dodo and his absolutely fantastic The Curious Garden (if you haven't read this one - you simply must!).
Therefore, I was thrilled when I saw this latest edition to Brown's collection.

And what's not to love here? A humorous story where the tides have turned and a young bear decides to take in a child for her pet. Honestly, I think aspects of this might be funnier for adults than children, but definitely there's enough amusement for an
Jan 31, 2016 Jasmine rated it really liked it
Turns out you can't just grab ANYONE and use them as a pet. Cute and funny.
Michelle McBeth
Feb 21, 2015 Michelle McBeth rated it really liked it
Lucy the bear is walking through the woods and comes across a little boy. She takes him home for a pet. Mama bear isn't convinced this is a good idea, but lets Lucy keep him on the condition that she takes good care of her pet. Lucy and her pet have fun together, but he is not house broken and causes problems. One day, the boy is gone. Lucy searches everywhere. She finally tracks him down back at his own home. Lucy realizes little boys should stay in their own homes instead of becoming pets.

May 18, 2013 Teresa rated it it was amazing
I think I would have rated this book quite highly anyway, but after attending Peter Brown's talk at a recent SCBWI conference, I have gained greater appreciation for his work. Knowing the thought process and the artwork attempts that led up to the final product only makes this book all the more amazing! He is incredibly talented and funny!
Dec 20, 2014 Brenda rated it it was amazing
It was so funny ^.^
Jan 28, 2012 edh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
When Lucy the bear brings Squeaker the little boy home from her jaunt in the forest, Mama Bear tells Lucy that "children make terrible pets!" And although Lucy and Squeaker have fun frolicking together, she discovers that Mama just may have been right. Lucy learns the age-old lesson that wild creatures belong with others of their kind, as when Squeaker disappears only to find his way back to his family of humans (who all squeak too! So that's how we sound to bears). Peter Brown's cut paper and p ...more
Nov 18, 2010 Janessa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I picked up this book when I was perusing stock at Barnes and Noble and never put it back down. It is hilarious. Seriously. My three and five year old boys love it almost as much as I do. Lucy, a brown bear in a pink tutu, is walking through the woods when she finds the perfect pet. A little boy. She brings him home and begs her mother to keep him, to which her mother reluctantly agrees. At first Lucy has a wonderful time with her pet boy (whose word bubbles are filled with small squeaks instead ...more
May 26, 2011 Peacegal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humane-education
What child hasn’t dreamed of owning a bear, monkey, or other wild animal as a pet? Unfortunately, some of those kids never get the message that these animals aren’t lapdogs, and they grow up to be the folks driving the tragedy-filled exotic pet trade.

With humor and wit, Children Make Terrible Pets advances a gentle lesson. Lucy the bear is playing outdoors when she discovers a little human boy. May I keep him?, she begs her mother. Mama bear reluctantly agrees, until they realize just what a mi
Matthew Hunter
Jun 21, 2013 Matthew Hunter rated it it was amazing
Absolutely hilarious! Our going-on-3-year-old giggled and giggled throughout. By putting a bear in the position of pet owner and a child as pet, Brown teaches young children some important lessons. Would you like to be neglected or disrespected? Probably not, so treat pets, animals, and other children with kindness and respect. ("Do unto others...",after all.) Do we sound strange to animals or people who speak other languages? Probably, so we should communicate carefully, and think hard before w ...more
Sep 12, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, own
Absolutely the most darling book. I love this little bear girl with her tutu and her bow . . . smashing her way through the forest and trying to keep a human child as a pet. The pictures are delicious, and the story is adorable.
Mar 20, 2015 Kim rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing story about a bear who finds a little boy and wants to keep him as his very own pet. A beautiful spin on how to keep a wild animal in the wild when a child wants to keep one as their own pet. This will be a newer edition to my own classroom library.
Ariel Cummins
Jan 04, 2013 Ariel Cummins rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Silly and fun story about a bear who finds the cutest little creature in the whole forest and has to make him her pet. Even though her mother warns her that children make the worst pets, she promises to take care of him. Of course, he eventually wanders off, and Lucy realizes he has a family of squeakers of his own.

Very modern drawing style almost reminds me of the Nickelodeon cartoon The Fairly Odd Parents. Very cute, and the pages are bordered with a wood-grain, giving the book a unique look.

Kelly Kline
Jan 27, 2016 Kelly Kline rated it really liked it
Peter Brown's book " Children Make Terrible Pets" is a funny children's book that teaches young children great values. This is a wonderful story to read to children because there are a lot of hidden messages within the book ; including listening to your mom's words and being responsible.

What is the book about?
This book is about a little bear who finds a lost boy in the forest. The little bear begs her mom to try to keep the little boy as a pet. However, the mom is not so keen on the idea. The mo
Alexa Rothman
Oct 28, 2015 Alexa Rothman rated it it was amazing
I really liked how the story was told in little bubbles instead of the text just being on the bottom or top of the page. It was a different way of telling a story because it was almost like a cartoon on TV with the way the characters looked and were talking. It also reminded me of a little video games because the bubbles with the words in them looked like ones on a game you would play on the computer. The illustrations were also simple but had a lot of detail. I liked how they took up the whole ...more
Aug 13, 2015 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
An adorable little bear named Lucy finds a perfect small boy one day in the woods while she is practising her twirls. She scoops him up and takes him home to ask her mom if she can keep him. Her mom warns her that "children make terrible pets" and says she can keep him on the condition that she takes full responsibility for his care. Lucy whole-heartedly agrees and names him Squeaker because of the sound he makes.

They become closest of friends, playing, eating and napping together. They are nev
Gerardo Mendoza-Tovar
May 03, 2015 Gerardo Mendoza-Tovar rated it it was amazing
The story is about a bear named Lucille who found a little boy and made him her new pet. Her mom tried to warn her how children are terrible pets, but the boy still stayed with Lucille. The two had their fun and their bad times, but then one day the boy left and Lucille couldn’t find him. She eventually found him, but he was with a family of humans. So she just let him go and went home. The book ends with Lucille's mother saying how children are terrible pets and then Lucille meets an elephant. ...more
Meghan Klyczek
Sep 24, 2014 Meghan Klyczek rated it really liked it
Shelves: choice-readings
After looking at the list of books presented to us in this class, for some reason, I recognized this title. I had never read it before, but I have heard nothing but good things about it. I heard it was hilarious, and boy was I told correctly! This book had me giggling left and right honestly. When Lucy, a bear, found her "little critter" and decided to make it her pet, it made me laugh because we ironically do that with dogs and cats. As the story progresses, this critter is just not a good pet. ...more
Melissa McMaster
This story is about a young bear that finds a little boy in the woods and asks her mom if she can keep him as a pet, and the mother reluctantly agrees. The little boy is good at first, but becomes rambunctious. One day, she can’t find the little boy, so she searches for him, and finds out that he has a family of his own. The pictures in this story were fairly simple, and were kind of cartoonish, and this cartoonish nature was also portrayed through the use of speech bubbles for all of the dialog ...more
Ashli Stroyan
We have all encountered that stray animal on the street and begged our parents to lets us keep it. In Peter Browns humorous picture book, the tables have turned. One day while a bear named Lucy was out about in the forest she noticed a little boy spying on her. When Lucy saw the young boy she immediately adored him and took him home, begging her mom to let her keep him. Despite her mom’s fair warning that “children make terrible pets”, Lucy insists on keeping the child and named him Squeaker. It ...more
Araceli Aispuro
Feb 12, 2014 Araceli Aispuro rated it really liked it
Lucy Bear found a little boy in the forest. She decided to take him home to keep him as a pet. Her mother hesitated at first but agreed. At first they were inseparable but over time Lucy realized he was too much trouble. But one day, squeaker disappeared and was no where to be found. Finally, through his sent she found him happily with a family of his own. She said her goodbye's and went back home. She spoke to her mother and decided that Squeaker too needs to be with his family.

The illustratio
Lucy is a bear who loves to dance in the forest. One day, she smelled something hiding in the bushes. A young boy walked out from the bushes and Lucy immediately fell in love. Lucy called the little boy squeaker, because all he did was squeak. Momma bear told Lucy that children make terrible pets, but Lucy convinced momma bear to let her keep squeaker as a pet. Lucy and squeaker did everything together, until squeaker started misbehaving. Later that day, squeaker ran away. Lucy was hysterical an ...more
Heather Langendorff
This is a children’s book written by Peter Brown, about Lucy, a bear who begs her mother to keep a little boy that she found in the forest. Mom eventually agrees, and Lucy and the little boy play fun games together, eat and even nap together. The little boy gets the name Squeaker, since that is all he ever says. However, their new friendship was not all fun and games. Squeaker could not be potty trained and ruined everything. One day he disappears, and Squeaker was soon to be found at his family ...more
Jan 27, 2012 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Ultimately, a tale about not keeping wild animals as pets. Lucy, the twirling, girly bear, finds a little boy in the woods and decides to keep him as a pet, since he is the cutest thing EVER! Alas, she discovers that wild animals make messes and ruin things at home. He belongs with his family and she makes the toughest decision to let him return home. We love the illustrations and details found on the beautiful pages - easily became one of our favorites at bedtime.
I thought this book was funny. It showed a bear trying to keep a human child as a pet. My friend Katie pointed out that the squeak sound probably represents how humans sound to bears. I would use this book to explain why we cannot keep wild animals as pets --they get into trouble and they have a home with a family that loves them. I like how this book spaces out the words, it makes the book look thicker and it is less intimidating for a beginning reader to read this book.

Sep 10, 2014 Jane rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
First off, this story is incredibly cute. A young bear finds a little boy in the woods and decides she wants to keep him even though her mother warns her, "Don't you know that children make terrible pets?"

The illustrations are fun to look at, in fact the design of the book is wonderful and lends just the right tone to the story. Then ending is also sweet and funny.

The only problem is that I think the wonderful humor of the book was just a little too over my 4 year old's head. She's never been ex
Nov 22, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it
In this story Lucy, a bear, finds a creature, a human, wondering around in the forest. She immediately falls in love with the creature and decides to make him her pet. Her mom warns her that children make terrible pets, and her mom’s accusations were later confirmed. Lucy’s pet was impossible to potty train, destroyed furniture, and to make things worse he got lost. Once Lucy finds him, she realizes her pet belonged to a family and she had to say good-bye. The illustrations in this story have a ...more
Sami Wilson
Apr 28, 2014 Sami Wilson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I liked how the Illustrator used light delicate colors and drawings that were consistent through the whole book. I thought that author had a creative idea about having the story be told in caption boxes. It was different and eye catching. The fact that the bears were the ones taking in humans as pets was funny to be. The fact that the author used a different viewpoint to show how our pets might feel opened my eyes. It challenged my thinking and I enjoyed that. This book is a perfect way to get c ...more
Carly Wesley
Apr 16, 2014 Carly Wesley rated it really liked it
This book follows a brown bear named Lucy, she sees a child behind the bushes. It was her secret admirer. Lucy calls this squeaking secret admirer squeaker and brings him home and wants him to be her pet. He mother lets her keep him one on conditions, that she takes care of him and he is her responsibly. They played, ate and napped together, they did everything together. He ruined the furniture, was not potty trained and caused many problems. He threw food at her tea party, then he disappeared h ...more
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