if you loved animals as a kid (or if you still do) then you will relate well to this story of a young girl (the author’s daughter) who acquires more and more pets throughout this rollicking tale. all she really wants is a dog, but her mother doesn’t like dogs and her father isn’t sure she’s old enough to take care of a dog, so they get her a cat. and then a hamster. and then a fish. and then a turtle. and then another cat. feiffer does an excellent job of telling the story through his daughter’s eyes and the end of the story (which includes a fish in the toilet, a broken vase, and dad throwing out his back) had me in stitches!