Chapter Book Review: A No-Sneeze Pet (Pet Friends Forever)


Author: Diana G. Gallagher

Illustrator: Adriana Puglisi

Age Range: 6-8

Series: Pet Friends Forever

Paperback: 88 pages

Publisher: Picture Window Books (August 1, 2013)

Genre: Contemporary

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (thank you!)

My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Kyle and Mia are determined to help their friend, Emma, find a pet that
won’t make her mom sneeze. But Emma doesn’t want a pet she can’t cuddle,
and Kyle and Mia are running out of ideas. Will they ever come up with
the perfect no-sneeze pet, or is Emma out of luck?

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About the Author:

Diane G. Gallagher lives in Florida with five dogs, three cats, and a
cranky parrot. A professional folk musician in the 1970s, Gallagher also
wrote songs and dabbled in whimsical fantasy art in the 1980s. She is
best known for her hand-colored print series, “Woof: The House Dragon,”
and she won a Hugo for Best Fan Artist 1988. “The Alien Dark” (TSR1990)
was her first published novel. Gallagher has written over 70 titles,
including books in the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Charmed,”
Smallville,” and “Star Trek” series.

About the Illustrator:

Adriana Puglisi was born in Argentina and now resides in Granada, Spain
with her family. She has more than 20 years of experience as a freelance
illustrator, writer, and storyteller. Her passion for stories and
writing has led her to undertake various other projects parallel to her
work as an illustrator and graphic designer, such as illustrating
children’s stories like This is Me, published in October 2009 by Mil y 1
Cuentos (A Thousand and One Tales) and Este soy yo, as well as working
for more than 20 years as a story-teller at private children’s parties,
in various schools, and at Sunday schools. 

My Thoughts:

This is a cute early chapter book.  It’s aimed at kids ages 6-8 that are fairly
proficient readers. Kyle and Mia take it upon themselves to help their
friend Emma find a pet that won’t irritate her mom’s allergies. They
explore several options before finding the perfect pet.

The story is cute and the writing is smooth. The plot isn’t terribly
exciting, but there are some fun animal facts your kids could pick up by
reading it.  It also helps kids understand how to make responsible choices when it comes to purchasing a pet.  The illustrations are in full color, which is nice, but I
wish there had been more of them. My kids really wanted that extra
visual to go with the story.


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