Picture Book Review: Perfect Pet by Samantha Bell


Age Range: 2 and up

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing (September 10, 2013)

Language: English

Series: None

Genre: Picture book

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

After begging for a pet, a child’s mother finally says “yes.” But which
animal will be the best pet? Using animal classification and habitat
needs, the child narrows it down from Kingdom Animalia, through
invertebrates to vertebrates. Reptiles and amphibians are out, and birds
and fish are soon off the list. That leaves mammals, but which one? An
elephant won’t fit through the door, and a tiger would be too hard to
walk. What’s a child to do?

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About the Author:

Samantha Bell is both the author and the illustrator of The Perfect Pet.
As a teacher, Samantha was looking for a way to help her children
understand animal classification. Some of the other books that she has
written or illustrated include It’s Birthday Time, Jake!, Shaping up
the Year, As I Watch, Growing Up Dreams, Cinderfella and the Furry
Godmother, One Pelican at a Time
, and Sea Turtle Summer.
Samantha is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and
Illustrators. A native of sunny central Florida, she grew up in an area
brimming with wildlife; and now lives in the upstate of South Carolina
with her husband and four children where she’s found plenty of room for
the family’s animal friends. 

My Thoughts:

My kids are working toward getting their first pet, so this book is
perfect for them. Personal stuff aside, the book is pretty good. A child
wants to get a pet and their mother finally said yes. So they start the
process of finding the perfect pet. It’s a lot harder that it seems!

The book goes through many different classes of animals and talks about
the different species in them. It also talks about the responsibilities
that come with owning a pet.

It is written in rhyme, which I tend to love or hate depending on how
well it’s done. This book is generally well done, with only a few lines
that cause some stumbling. The illustrations are also generally pretty


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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