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Family Pets

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Ever since her parents died on her fifth birthday, Thomasina has been daydreaming that someday something amazing will happen in her life to make up for the hurt she's been through. But after turning sixteen, Thomasina begins to accept that her life will remain unremarkable... But when she wakes up one morning to discover that her foster family has been turned into pet ...more
Paperback, 154 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Silver Dragon Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Irena BookDustMagic
Jun 14, 2015 rated it liked it
3,5 stars.

In this graphic novel our main character Thomasina found herself in a weird situation. The house she lives in is full of unfamiliar animals. Yet, a strange and cute boy is in her house. It turnes out the boy is her pet snake Sebastian and those animals are her family members. Thomasina has to find out what kind of magic trick is involved in here...

I think this was a good graphic novel.
I had some good, laughable moments while reading it.

The story itself is interesting and it contains
Sooraya Evans
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it
The main character, Thomasina wakes up one morning only to find her foster family members all turned into animals. She then goes on a short quest to sort things out, accompanied by her pet snake that is now human. Weird, right?
Despite the constant references to Harry Potter, this was still an OK read.
In fact, the many quirks of Boris the Russian made me chuckle more than twice :)
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was the first graphic novel I've ever read, and honestly at the beginning I wasn't liking it so much. Books give you more time to get into the story, to start caring about the characters and to start knowing them. With graphic novels the time is shorter and you know if you're going to like the story or not since the beginning.
But this story? It gets better in the end. So much better that it made my heart melt and it took me a 5 star rating.

Thomasina lost her parents when she was five, and
Abby Brithinee
Possibly because right now I'm reading (listening to) The Magician King, but likely just because of this book itself, I wasn't all that impressed. The story was sort of puppy love + Harry Potter pre-Hogwarts goes sideways.

The authors seemed rushed to get the story out, which resulted in a whole lot of telling and very little showing (even though it was a graphic novel...shouldn't this make showing easier?) and a bunch of characters I couldn't really care much about, but then it didn't really
Sep 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Read this Graphic Novel I think back in June. It was ok, nothing crazy different. A girl learns that magic is real when she wakes up and her foster family has all been turned into animals. She has to follow the magic so that she can change them back. But her pet was just turned into a human and doesn't want to go back.... a fun little book for kids third grade on up looking for a fast light read.
Taylor Knight
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
This the normal kind of graphic novel that I read but I thought the synopsis sounded weird so I was really interested.
The whole book was a little but it wasn't really boring. I liked the art a lot and I think the length was about perfect.
Family Pets would be a really good graphic novel for young kids or someone looking for something fun.
May 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I thought I'd like this comic a lot more than I actually did. The artwork wasn't that great and the story had promise, but wasn't fantastic. I typically like my comics just a little darker, but I thought I'd give this one a shot. Unfortunately, it just wasn't my style.
Katya Kazbek
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, comixology
This was pretty cute. A little too young adult safe for my liking, but had enough plot and twists to carry the thing through and be entertaining. Would love to read more, especially about Sebastian.
Jun 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Family Pets by Patrick Shand is a graphic novel with a simple plot but some good takeaway life lessons. Our heroine, Thomasina, was orphaned at age five and was raised by her grandmother. Experiencing a bit of financial challenges, they moved in with Thomasina’s aunt, uncle and cousins – they are the ones turned into animals. Thomasina is a fairly normal, bummed out teenager with only two friends – Smitty, a French horn player, and Sebastian, a snake who becomes human.

Thomasina thought when she
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Family pets is an enjoyable, if somewhat flawed, story perfect for the YA genre. We have a feisty female, angst, boy trouble, and a bit of family issues and magic thrown in as well. But like so many YA stories today, it is greatly in need of a very good editor to strengthen plot and fix continuity errors. So while I enjoyed the story through to the end for its snarky humor and punchy dialogue, it’s not a story that
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Family pets is an enjoyable, if somewhat flawed, story perfect for the YA genre. We have a feisty female, angst, boy trouble, and a bit of family issues and magic thrown in as well. But like so many YA stories today, it is greatly in need of a very good editor to strengthen plot and fix continuity errors. So while I enjoyed the story through to the end for its snarky humor and punchy dialogue, it's not a story that
Carla D.
Opinião em português no blog Pepita Mágica:

I received a digital arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love graphic novels, comics, manga and all that jazz and I love pets. So “Family Pets” sounded like a great choice for me. And I was not wrong!

“Family Pets” is a story about Thomasina, who is an orphan and lives with her Grandmother and other family members. She thinks she doesn’t belong anywhere. She only has two friends: Smitty, a French
Emily Bertholf
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This was my first graphic novel, and I really enjoyed it. It's about a teenaged orphan, Thomasina, who wakes up to find her pet snake, Sebastian missing and her house full of unfamiliar animals. It turns out her foster family, with the exception of her abuela, were magically turned into animals and it's up to find out who's behind the spell and how to fix it. It's a heart-warming, fantastical tale that anyone who has ever felt loved yet somehow still alone, has wished at least once that maybe ...more
Frannie Pan
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Sweet goodness, this was sooo adorable and funny! I am most definitely falling in love with graphic novels.

In Family Pets we meet Thomasina, a girl who lost her parents at 5 years old and now lives with her abuela (grandmother), her aunt and uncle. She thought the universe would have given some magical powers or special abilities after taking that much from her, but she's a teenager now and nothing has happened so far, thus leaving her leading a normal dull life.
Until one morning she wakes up
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
People often think that graphic novels (and comics), only deal with superheroes or humor. While this story does have many funny moments, it also shows how grief and loss can put a survivor's life into a holding pattern. Thomasina loses both her parents in an accident when she is very young. She lives with her grandmother for a while, then they both move in with her aunt and uncle. At the beginning of the story, Thomasina is now in high school and still feels as if she is waiting for her life to ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful, funny, touching coming-of-age story. Thomasina has always been waiting for some kind of magic to happen to her ever since her parents died when she was five years old and now that she's sixteen it has finally happened. But not exactly how she expected. One morning she wakes up to find her snake has turned into a human and her entire family, except grandma, have turned into various pets. This is the beginning of an amazing, magical journey to the realm of magic and the in-between. ...more
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Family Pets is the story of Thomasina, a young teen who feels alone and overlooked. Her main friends are her snake Sebastian and Smitty, a schoolmate who plays the French horn. One morning everything changes. Sebastian is now human, while her aunt, uncle, and cousins are now animals. Only her Abeula is still human, and she is more interested in making videos to post online than in helping Thomasina turn her family back. Fortunately Thomasina has Sebastian's help. She discovers that not only is ...more
Wayne McCoy
Sep 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Family Pets' by Pat Shand is a strange tale involving a school of wizardry and a family that gets turned in to pets. It does have one of the weirder love triangles I think I've run across in a book.

Thomasina lives in the basement of her uncle's house with her grandmother. After her parents died, her other family took her in. They are nice enough but sort of disinterested. Thomasina is kind of unnoticed at school too, except by the boy that plays French horn. Thomasina's only friend would seem
*Thanks for the Publsiher who has provided me with an e-copy.

In this coming of age story, you see through Thomasina of her discovering of magic and dealing with her past, all after her family was turned into a school of animals.

Family Pats had a nice concept, good graphics, likable characters and a good conclusion. However, the most important aspect seemed to be missing; the story. What could have been a great adventure in an exciting new world got reduced to a success of rushed scenes, even
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
This was basically a cute, quick read and I think it would make a great introduction of graphic novels to the middle grade set. Though some misguided magic, Thomasina's family are turned into pets one night, while her pet snake Sebastian, ends up becoming human. Thomasina, Sebastian and a friend from school go about righting this wrong and along the way, Thomasina grows to appreciate her extended family even more.

The artwork in this book is good, but it is done in black and white and I think
I enjoyed this story - teenage Thomasina finds her life so boring, until one day she wakes up to find her pet snake as a human, and all of her family members as various animals! Turns out her best friend is magic, and his spell went horribly wrong. I especially liked all of the Disney/Harry Potter/LoTR references they threw in :)

But there were some inconsistencies that bothered me. (view spoiler)
Skye Kilaen
Thomasina’s parents died when she was five. She moved in with her grandmother, then they moved in with her aunt, uncle, and cousins when money got too tight. Now she’s in high school. She’s not loving life. Her best friend is a pet snake. She doesn’t feel close to her family. But that doesn’t mean she’s okay with her family turning into animals, and she’s really not okay with her pet snake disappearing. Okay, kind of disappearing. (No spoilers, Skye!) Who cast the spell that did all this damage? ...more
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
When a young woman worries about her life being stuck in a rut, she's perhaps not mistaken. She lives in a basement apartment with her grandmother below other family members, after losing both her parents as a youngster. She only seems to engage with her pet snake. But when she wakes up and it's turned into a dashing hunk, is this a wish come true? The truth behind the agency of the change is what makes this firmly a teen read, but it's a very good one indeed. Eye-opening black and white ...more
May 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Read as eARC from NetGalley

I enjoyed this. It felt a little bit slow at first, but, although a bit simple, I liked both the art and the story. I appreciate the positive messages and themes in the book, such as that Thomasina has to permit herself to grieve, but she has to move on with her life instead of waiting to stumble into some destiny. All of the teenage characters come to the conclusion that they have to take charge of their own lives and be true to themselves (after the figure out who
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fun black & white graphic novel about Thomasina, a 16-year-old who discovers one morning that her family has been turned into animals and that her beloved snake has been turned into a human. This really works for all ages. Thomasina's parents died in a car accident when she was 5, so she lives with her grandmother, aunt, uncle and two cousins. She doesn't have many friends, but finds solace in talking to her snake. She learns about a magical world, and how to deal better in her own world. It ...more
Julie Williams
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This graphic novel was about a girl Thomasina who lives with her grandmother, aunt, uncle, and cousin. She is lonely and wants something exciting to happen. Then it does - her family turns into pets and her pet snake becomes human. Thomasina must figure out how to make things right with the help of an old friend Smitty, a wizard named Boris, and her parent.

I found the book interesting but the audience for it was unclear. The characters are all teenagers but the text and illustrations made it
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The story of a girl who never has anything magical happen to her. (Just like the rest of us!) Then one day her entire family is turned into pets and her life is radically changed.

This story is about more than just a little magic, it's about family and friendship. It is also about being careful what you wish for, because most of the time you don't know what is right in front of you.

I would say this is a good book for 4th grade on up. A few more difficult words might present a problem for
May 22, 2015 rated it liked it
(NetGalley copy for reviewing purposes)

I loved the original style in this novel’s art. For it alone, I’d be inclined to read more graphic novels by this author.

While I enjoyed the story, I found that it, and the characters, kept explaining themselves. It seemed that the author was underestimating his audience a bit. The story was simple enough without this device.

That being said, I still had a good time with Family Pets. It’s a cute light read.
Sierra the Nerdgirl
I'm sorry I can't read this anymore. I am DNFing this book. There are so many continuity issues and it just isn't interesting. It doesn't seem to be going anywhere worthwhile and the plot isn't entertaining enough. There is absolute no suspense or anything that makes you want to continue reading it.
Rod Brown
Apr 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Surprisingly enjoyable. I knew nothing about the book before reading the first page. I quickly found myself liking the characters and the quirky directions they went. There's a lot of familiar elements, but the creators add their own little twists and the result is a pleasant experience. Nice.
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PAT SHAND writes comic books (Robyn Hood, Family Pets, Charmed, Angel) and pop culture journalism (Sad Girls Guide, Blastoff Comics). He lives in San Diego with his girlfriend and their veritable zoo of cats.
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