Thursday, May 13, 2021

The Great Pet Heist by Emily Ecton and Dave Mottram - ESSENTIAL

The Great Pet Heist
by Emily Ecton, art by Dave Mottram,
250 pages. Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon and Schuster), 2020. $18 

Content: G. 



When their owner, the elderly Mrs. Food, slips and hits her head, her house full of pets, a dog, cat, bird and two rats, overhear that she may not return from the hospital. They need a plan for taking care of themselves, so they pool their resources - not much except a mysterious coin found in the lobby that could be very valuable. So, they hatch a plan to find the man who dropped it, and steal the rest from his apartment. 

I laughed out loud so many times! This is a delightful story, with such great characters, the pets are terrific, Butterbean the dog steadfastly keeping watch, Walt the Cat and Oscar the bird with their well thought out plans - which often have to change, and the rats Marco and Polo! I know this will be read and re-read. What a great introduction to the mystery novel.

Lisa Librarian

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