Saturday, July 1, 2017

Ferocious Fluffity: A Mighty Bite-y Class Pet by Erica S. Perl -- ADVISABLE

Perl, Erica S. Ferocious Fluffity: A Might Bite-y Class Pet, illustrated by Henry Cole. PICTURE BOOK. Abrams Books, 2016. $16.95. Content: G.

Mr. Drake's students are thrilled when their teacher unveils the new class pet. They all vow not to touch Fluffity until she is bigger and more accustomed to the classroom. But when Mr. Drake is late one day, the children can't help it. They take turns holding Fluffity -- and getting bitten! The terrified kids try to escape, but their class pet runs right after them, teeth ready to chomp. Oops. Maybe they should have listened to their teacher after all.

This rhyming tale is graced with hilarious text and illustrations, and I'm already looking forward to reading it aloud to my students when school is back in session. It seems like it will be a fun one to perform, as well as a good start for discussions about how to treat new pets and listening to adults' suggestions despite temptation. (Okay, the latter sounds like a bit of a snooze, but I think we could have some fun with it.)

EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewed by Sydney G., K-6 Library Media Specialist

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