What Pet Should I Get?

What Pet Should I Get?

Book - 2015
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A boy wants all of the pets in a pet store but he and his sister can choose only one. End notes discuss Dr. Seuss's pets, his creative process, and the discovery of the manuscript and illustrations for "What Pet Should I Get?"
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2015]
ISBN: 9780553524277
0553524275
9780553524260
0553524267
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm

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mmcbeth29
Jan 13, 2016

SUMMARY: A brother and sister enter a pet story to pick out a pet. There's only one problem. They can only choose one pet for both of them. First they see a cat and a dog to choose between, but suddenly, the choices expand enormously. In the end, the brother chooses something, but the reader is left guessing.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations are done in the classic Dr. Seuss style.

THE GOOD: This book is fairly short and the wording is simple making this a good book for a newly independent reader. The topic of choosing a pet is high interest for children.
THE NOT AS GOOD: This book, published after the death of Dr. Seuss, is missing some of the elements that made Seuss a great writer. The writing is a bit too simplistic, short, and lacking in the wild imagination Seuss often engaged in. The shortness and abrupt ending made the story feel unfinished as if the publishers simply found something Dr. Seuss started to write and published it as is. And I was completely unsatisfied with the ending where no one gets to know what pet the children got. This is not how Seuss would have ended his story because he always left you with a point. And finally, why did only the brother get the final say in what pet they got? A bit sexist there if you ask me. Seuss was picky about his writing and I feel he would have been disappointed to see this book published in this unfinished state.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Ages 3-7

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mclarjh
Oct 08, 2015

I was curious how dated the book would appear to a reader today (as opposed to the 1960s when I was a regular reader), but it's fared well. I found a few instances of sexism, for example, a couple of the pets are referred to as "he" or "him," but no pets are referred to as "she" or "her," instead "it" or "that." The eight-page afterword by the publisher was most interesting.

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ACS02
Aug 24, 2015

Great new release.

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Aug 24, 2015

A newly released book by Dr. Seuss about a boy who is trying to figure out what pet he should get.

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