Pet Shop Follies

32p. 978-1-59078-619-2.
PreS-Gr 2—The animals in this pet shop are feeling the pinch. No one is coming in to visit and play with them, and they are lonely, so they put on a talent show in the front window to attract customers. The show is both surprising (a mouse dares to put his head in the cat's mouth), and silly (a hampster tap dances). It also demonstrates the teamwork necessary to make a performance work. The language is simple and will attract beginning readers, and the text is large and brief. The art is colorful and full of action as the animals go through their routines. Their efforts are well rewarded; after the grand finale, they get all the attention they had hoped for. These follies are a real winner.—Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ
Spare text describes how pet-shop animals put on a show to attract potential buyers. There are some clever talents on display, as shown in the gouache illustrations: Hamster tap dances with paperclips on his feet, Rabbit pulls a rabbit out of a hat, etc. It works, and customers flock to the shop. The story is slight but may entertain pet lovers.

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