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Oct 12, 2014

Big pet day

Lisa Shanahan, illustrated by Gus Gordon
Lothian Books [Hachette Australia]
ISBN: 9780733620997           RRP: $26.99

Lily’s class is hosting a bring-your-pet day. The principal will be visiting as judge; the teacher quickly learns that a pet day is not the way to keep things tidy for him. A catalogue of chaos follows the pets on their random wanderings through classroom and schoolyard, not always on their best pet behaviour. There are
dogs and parrots and chickens, as well as an unusual few like hermit crabs and ferrets. But Lily’s pet is the most special of all; all the children think her pet drawing is the best; and when her pet roars the chaos into order they are all so impressed that Lily’s pet wins the gold trophy for best pet. The cartooned illustrations are quirky, lively and chaotic and scatter the pages with humour and fun. Too funny for a bedtime read!