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. Volume XIV Number 14 . . . . March 7, 2008
Penny is eager to have a pet of her own. Without much encouragement from her parents, Penny decides to explore her options by visiting a pet store. However, it was a visit with her aunt and uncle’s two dogs that finally helps Penny decide that she wants a dog. Penny says she wants “a pet that will live a long time and be with me until I’m grown up.”
This work is uniquely presented, printed in a smaller format from other picture books and illustrated with colourful and engaging line drawings with a flat colour palette. The simple story will resonate with readers as Penny fantasizes about her perfect pet. The text is somewhat “thick,” making it a rather wordy story for the intended age group. The language also lacks a certain natural tone and verges on the pedantic at times.
The compelling layout, illustrations and the age appropriate subject matter of Penny Picks a Perfect Pet are compromised by some of Szuminsky’s “wooden” passages. This book competes with a very large selection of materials about children and pets, perhaps limiting its value to new collections. However, it may have a place in supplementing an existing collection.
Recommended with reservations.
Christina Neigel is the program head for the University College of the Fraser Valley’s Library and Information Technology Program in Abbotsford, BC.
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