Title: Wanted: The Perfect Pet

Reference: Roberton, F. (2010). Wanted, the perfect pet. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

Brief Annotation: This is a story about a little boy who wants more than anything to get a dog. He does not care about all the frogs he already has, he wants a dog- who is loyal and has personality and can learn tricks. He believes that a dog is a perfect pet for a boy- and puts up fliers trying to find the perfect dog for him. A duck finds the ad and, seeking comfort and friendship, creates a disguise trying to be the perfect pet for the boy. Henry notices that the duck is not a dog, but takes him home anyways. He finds a list of skills ducks can have, and discovers that this duck might just be his perfect pet.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 1-2

Readers who might like this: Readers who like animals or have a pet would enjoy this book. Readers who have a fascination with dogs or ducks would also like this book. This book is good for parents and teachers to use to teach their children or students that sometimes what we are seeking is not what we actually need. Sometimes what we want or need comes in a different package that we expected.

Rating/Response: I give this book a 4 out of 4. It is well written, and the illustrations are very cute. The story has a good moral and plot. It is a good book for young readers ages 4+ and could be used at home or in a classroom setting. This book won the Ira Children’s Book Award.

Text Dependent Question: What does the boy do when he finds out the duck is not a dog?

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