Sunday 11 October 2015

Katie McGinty Wants a Pet! By Jenna Harrington and Finn Simpson

Katie McGinty wanted a pet.
She wanted a pet more than ANYTHING in the world.
She wanted one more that Tommy Baker wanted to be a superhero.
More than Millie Phillips wanted to be able to stand on her head…
… and more than Hannah Hobbs wished she had a sister.

Summary From Little Tiger Press
Katie McGinty really wants a pet. But she doesn't want an ordinary pet; hamsters, cats and dogs are just… YUCK! What she wants more than anything else in the world is a… zebra! A zebra who slurps spaghetti, sleeps in her bunk bed and swims in the local swimming pool. And Katie's determined to get one! This funny picture book will resonate with any child who has ever wanted a pet – and any parent who has ever been nagged for one!
Reviewed by Liss Norton

If your children want an outlandish pet, steer well clear of this picture book! Make the mistake of reading it to them and they'll be so inspired by Katie McGinty's determination to have a pet zebra that all your well-argued objections to having an elephant, a hippo or a tiger in the house will be brushed aside. 

Seriously though, this book is a lot of fun. The story is simple and comical, with a hilarious twist at the end, and Finn Simpson's illustrations add so much that isn't said in the text. I always think you can tell a good picture book by the time you spend talking about the pictures with young children. This one will keep you chatting for ages with its zany detail. I especially love the Hannah Hobbs page, but seeing a zebra eating spaghetti is pretty funny, too.

Katie McGinty Wants a Pet! is going into my 'Favourite Books of the Year' list. Don't miss it!

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