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Children Make Terrible Pets

(Lucy #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  8,017 ratings  ·  630 reviews
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, 40 pages
Published September 2010 by Little, Brown and Company
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Kathryn
Jun 17, 2010 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 be
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Lisa Vegan
Jun 17, 2010 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 th
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Shiloah
Cute one. 🤗
Melki
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Though Lucy takes excellent care of her pet child, the time comes when he must return to the wild the suburbs. Another delightful book by one of my favorite pet authors.
Ann
Oct 21, 2010 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 eno
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Peacegal
Oct 26, 2010 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 misera
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Abigail
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Peter Brown Fans / Readers Looking for Children's Stories About Responsible Pet Ownership
Lucille Beatrice Bear finds a boy in the woods and decides to adopt him as a pet in this hilarious picture-book from Peter Brown, the author/artist behind such classics as The Curious Garden and My Teacher Is a Monster! . Although her mother warns her that children make terrible pets, Lucy persists in keeping Squeaker - so-named because of the squeaking noise he makes - and at first all seems well. But when Squeaker makes trouble, and then disappears, it seems that Lucy's mother's warning was on point... ...more
La Coccinelle
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
Lucy is a bear. She's one of those kids who finds a creature in the woods, brings it home, and then whines until she gets to keep it as a pet. Her mother warns her that children don't make very good pets, but Lucy promises to take responsibility for Squeaker (as she calls him). But then... Squeaker goes missing. What's a bear to do?

This is a really odd book. Though it's less than a decade old, it feels like something that got dragged out of someone's basement stash. And I mean litera
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Emily
Jan 17, 2019 added it
Shelves: childrens, 2019
This one was okay. Lacked a little heart for me but probably a hilarious role reversal if you're three.
Matthew Hunter
Jun 21, 2013 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
Judy
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
The idea for the book was good, but the reality fell short for at least three reasons.

1) My biggest criticism: The bears act and live like humans. Hence, the boy was taken into a familiar situation. Why didn't Brown have the bears live in their natural habitat?

2) The boy totally misbehaved in the bear's house, yet the house is like his own home, so the boy would have known how to behave. He wouldn't have ruined furniture, tracked in mud, thrown food, or used the chandelie
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Teresa
May 18, 2013 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!
Jessica
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, picture-books
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.
Jasmine
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Turns out you can't just grab ANYONE and use them as a pet. Cute and funny.
Brenda
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was so funny!!! I love cute children's books ^.^
Randomanda
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read aloud
Beatrice Fox
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really fantastic book that won me over. The art style is weird. Looks like he made cutouts of construction paper and put the text right on that and put it in the book. Yet it works. The characters are funny and both the delivery and reaction shots are great. So good.

Nice humorous book that made me laugh.

About the responsibility of pets told from the other way.
A bear named Lucy finds a human in the woods.
Charlotte
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I liked the characters and thought it was funny because the humans squeaked.
Alyssa Tabor
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Would work for elementary! So funny!
Anna
For me, Peter Brown's illustrations are a lot better than his stories.
Erin
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I can't believe I've never reviewed this! (Well, I can, because I'm The Worst at at actually reviewing things in a timely manner, but still...)

I find this story absolutely hilarious myself, and it's a great preschool storytime read-aloud, though IMO it works best with older preschoolers and Ks, since they get the humor of the role-reversal. Brown's lively, quirky art style is a good match for the silliness of the text.

There's a sequel too!



Emmaline MacBeath
Feb 21, 2015 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. ...more
Janessa
Nov 18, 2010 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
edh
Jan 28, 2012 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
Ariel Cummins
Jan 04, 2013 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
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Dolly
Feb 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: pets, 2011, childrens
This is a sweet tale about a little girl who finds a new pet and wants to adopt him, despite her mother's warning that "Children make terrible pets." The juxtaposition of the animal and the child create an ironic and funny twist in an otherwise common childhood story. The illustrations are great and our girls loved that the humans only said "squeak." Our girls narrated the "squeaks", while I narrated the rest of the story, which made for a fun collaboration.
Sharon
Jan 26, 2012 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.
Amy-Lynn
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reread in preparation for a lesson -10/11/16.
When Lucy bear brings home a little boy that she spies in the forest, she begs her mom to keep him as a pet. Lucy and her boy have lots of fun until, as her mother predicted, Lucy discovers that "children make terrible pets!" Silly and sweet.
Jeannie
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I rate this 4 stars for Peter Brown's delightful illustrations....but I would give it 3 for the story. I felt it could have been fuller more language and description. But still - my 3 year old liked it, just not one to read over and over
Kim
Mar 03, 2015 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.
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