Tanks Do Not Make Good Pets

Children - Educational
36 Pages
Reviewed on 11/21/2017
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Author Biography

Tony Hunter lives with his wife and son in Denver, Colorado.
Tony is originally from New Zealand and traveled the world for eight years in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. During deployment to Antarctica he met his American wife Amanda and they moved to the U.S. where Tony earned his citizenship.
They continued to live and work in Antarctica for the next several years working alongside the U.S. Air Force and New York Air National Guard to supply the continent’s bases and camps by air.
Returning to Colorado, they had a baby boy. Coming from a military background and with a keen interest in military history and art, Tony wanted to share those interests with his son but found a lack of quality military themed children’s books, wall art and clothing.
Tony has just published his third book and has written several others which he is currently illustrating.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

A little boy meets a huge tank one day while playing in the park in Tanks Do Not Make Good Pets by Tony Hunter. The huge tank is hiding behind a bush, and under a tree, and follows the boy into the light. The little boy wants to take the huge tank home and keep it as a pet. His father agrees to keep it until they find its owner. The tank is given a bed in the garage, but every single day of the week there is some problem or the other caused by the tank until Sunday, when a captain arrives from the army post and explains to them how he lost his tank during an exercise the previous week. They visit the captain the next Saturday to watch the tank play. What makes the little boy say, "Tanks do NOT make good pets"?

The story is unique and exciting. The idea of using real life photographs and adding illustrations with it is also very refreshing and original. The thought of having a tank as a pet is quite novel and different. The illustrations are full of life and they make the characters and scenes come alive. The huge tank has been given its own personality, which makes this an interesting story. It is a good bedtime storybook and children will love listening to the story of the tank and the little boy. Teachers can use it for read aloud and story-telling sessions in classrooms and school libraries as the story is not only creative, but also informative and educational for young readers.