FICTION

My Tiny Pet

Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin/. Aug. 2019. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781524737535.
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PreS-Gr 1–Almost every child yearns for a pet, and this book’s protagonist is no different. Luckily, she lives in a “ginormous house.” She has every kind of pet, in astonishing numbers, until her parents decide to downsize, and they are all adopted out to loving families. Still, there is the yearning. Getting her inspiration from a science class, the nameless child convinces her parents to allow her to keep a tardigrade, otherwise known as a water bear. Tardigrades can’t be seen with the naked eye, and can live under all kinds of extreme conditions; how could Mom and Dad say no? Hartland uses a simple narrative and hilarious, detailed gouache paintings to tell a story that will have every child asking for a micro-pet.
VERDICT Fun and informative, a great addition to larger collections and best for a lap-sit or read-alone, to enjoy the details in the illustrations

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