Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Melissa's Octopus and Other Unsuitable Pets by Charlotten Voake - OPTIONAL

Voake, Charlotte  Melissa’s Octopus and Other Unsuitable Pets  Candlewick Press, 2014.  $16.99  PICTURE BOOK  Content: G.   

This book goes through different kids and their unusual pets.  Melissa has an octopus, but it makes a mess in the bathtub and Betty loses her chameleon all of the time.  After listing many unconnected, but equally as bizarre pets, Kevin and Bertrand bring home a crocodile which is considered unsuitable because it might eat its owners.   

The illustrations in this book are cute, but there isn’t a connecting storyline, but rather a bunch of random ridiculous pets.  There isn’t anything to endear the people or animals to the reader, and it just felt like reading a list of poor pet choices.   

EL (K-3)-OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.    

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