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I Don’t Want a Pet! by Harrison Martin is about a little girl named Jen who is lonely. Her parents decide that they should buy her a pet as a companion. Surprisingly, Jen tells them she does not want a pet. She proceeds to emphasize this by listing the pets she does not want. At first, the list is standard but then she gets more creative. She does not want a whale or a sloth or a tree! Her parents tell her they do not think a tree is a pet and she agrees. Her exasperated parents ask her what she does want to keep her company. They are in for a surprise.
I Don’t Want a Pet! with its repeating phrase “I don’t want a …” makes for a perfect early reader. The colorful illustrations by M. T. Bear provide picture clues for each animal. Harrison Martin’s story will also make a fun read-aloud. Kids will chime in with the answer for each pet as the pages are turned and they will laugh out loud with the surprise ending. I Don’t Want a Pet! makes a great addition to early reader collections in libraries and schools. Since most kids want pets they will be intrigued by the title and want to find out why Jen is not interested in getting a pet. I Don’t Want a Pet! will be a book that kids will reach for over and over as they practice their reading skills. A welcome addition to the beginning reader genre.