Children Make Terrible Pets

Children Make Terrible Pets
When Lucy, a young bear, discovers a boy in the woods, she’s absolutely delighted. She brings him home and begs her mom to let her keep him, even though her mom warns, “Children make terrible pets.” But mom relents, and Lucy gets to name her new pet Squeaker.

Through a series of hilarious and surprising scenes, readers can join Lucy and Squeaker on their day of fun and decide for themselves whether or not children really do make terrible pets.

A New York Times Bestseller
A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book (2010)
E.B. White Read-Aloud Picture Book Award (2011)
An Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature Honor Book (2011)

“Peter Brown turns the classic picture book imagery of animals who act like people on its head … Joyfully animated illustrations”—The New York Times Book Review

“Appealing and humorous.”—School Library Journal

“Distinctive multimedia art … has a playful, old-time style that matches the woodsy setting and the enjoyable story’s upbeat tone.”—Booklist

“A funny, uniquely illustrated ‘What is this?’ of a book, Children Make Terrible Pets is just the sort of creative ridiculousness that a large category of kids tend to gravitate toward.”—

September 2010
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN 9780316015486
Ages 3 to 8

Also available in the following languages:
Chinese – Simplified

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