My Pet Book



We had a pretty relaxing visit at the library this week. Lots of kids and lots of books. Lots of hands rubbing and petting. Lots of little soft voices. Even Electra, the Dogzilla, was lulled into dream land. We heard about Lego adventures and Dora adventures and Fancy Nancy and poison ivy!! Yikes! We read about Kipper and a butterfly. That Kipper is pretty cute, I must say. We saw that crazy Pigeon get upset about a chocolate chip cookie! For Heaven’s sake!!

But the book that caught my ear and had me sit up and take notice was one about a pet book. Yes, a pet book!

IMG_0782My Pet Book
by Bob Staake
published by Random House in 2014
a brand new book!!

It begins ……
Most pets, you know, are cats and dogs.
Go out and take a look.
But there’s a boy in Smartytown
Whose pet is ….. a little book.

Just imagine that! A book as a pet!! How clever is that! Clever of the boy to think of it! And clever of Mr Staake to write about it!! It is a very clever story. It’s full of rhyme and rhythm and shapes and color! I don’t notice the color part so much, but the kids sure did! “Look! All the people are different colors! And they’re squares and circles!”  Much laughter throughout this book.

IMG_0784The boy in the book didn’t want a pet that needed to be fed and walked or one that shed hair and fleas. He wanted an easy care pet so his parents took him shopping at a book store. Oh! There were sooooo many to choose from! He decided on a bright red hardcover, put a leash on it and walked it home. Throughout the book that we were reading you see the boy enjoying HIS book – surrounded by all sorts of folks with their pets doing all the things that his pet didn’t do. My reading kids liked studying these illustrations and making note of all the activity.

IMG_0783Now one of the reasons that the boy thought that a book would be a good pet was because it wouldn’t ever run away. But lo and behold! The Red Book got lost!! What a calamity! Oh, man! All the emotion! Mr Staake is an absolute genius! Who could imagine that a square and a rectangle could produce such emotion! Quite an adventure ensues as the boy and his maid search for the dear lost book. But all comes well in the end.

This is a fabulous little book. Well, it’s actually kind of a big picture book. But fabulous either way. The kids LOVED it! And it brought about a great discussion about pets. Those kids all had quite an assortment of pets, but no one ever thought about a pet book! We have LOTS of books at my house, and I have some very favorites, but I never thought of any of them as a pet. I will now be looking at all those books a little differently, I think.

Jackie at My Little Bookcase, has a great post about playing with books! Check out her list of 10 fun ways to play with books and help kids connect with reading. Awesome!!

Now watch as Mr Staake creates a character on his computer!!

Enjoy your pets, be they dog or book!
And come back again for another look
At a dog with a book in a reading nook!
Your library friend
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Summertime and the Reading is Easy

Walker and I spend a lot of time at our local library. We go to read with kids (or whoever!) once a week. During the school year we go in the evening – because during the day we all have to be at school!

But during the summer we go in the morning. I like that better. This week we started our new summer hours and had a really nice turnout! The newspaper lady even came and took pictures. We made the front page of the Glen Rose Reporter! Ms Amanda is a nice lady who has put us in her paper a number of times. We appreciate her!

This week for our 1st summer morning, Ellie came to visit. Ellie will soon be turning 2 and she mostly likes to walk us around and show us all the books. Ethan came as well and Ethan is a READER! He just finished kindergarten and will be moving on up to 1st grade! He chose several books to read with us.

IMG_2349I Feel a Foot is an odd little book by Maranke Rinck, illustrated by Martijn van der Linden. It was published by Lemniscaat in 2008. Ms Rinck and Mr van der Linden are Dutch and this book was originally in Dutch. When I tried to find something about them, everything is in Dutch. I don’t read Dutch but I will give you a link to Ms Rinck’s website here in case you do! And Mr van der Linden’s website is here.

This is a nighttime story so all the pages are black. And the characters are all bright colors. They are really eye catching against the black background — even for me!  The story is a mystery that must be solved! It begins with 5 friends asleep in a hammock. Turtle, Bat, Octopus, Bird and Goat. Ethan thought it was very strange for an octopus to be in a hammock in a tree! Suddenly they hear a noise and in the pitch black night, they go to investigate.


On each of  the following pages one part of the noise maker is encountered and revealed, but each animal has a different idea as to what it is. Turtle first feels a foot! A great big foot. And he thinks it must be a great big turtle. Ethan knew what it was from the beginning, but those animals sure didn’t! The story makes for quite a guessing game! I thought this book was great fun!


Next we read The Red Lemon by Bob Staake. This book was published by Dragonfly Books in 2006. Another quirky book. Bold, geometric illustrations. Lots of circles. Rhyming verse. Farmer McPhee grows lemons. He LOVES lemons! “Bright yellow lemons for miles and miles! Bright yellow lemons give farmers big smiles!”


But one day, he spies up in a tree — a RED lemon! It can’t be! He is struck by the horror of a world with red lemons! So – he throws the offending red lemon over the sea where it lands on an island. Then 200 years pass and Farmer McPhee’s lemon orchard has become nothing but weeds. Over on the island the red lemon seeds have sprouted and red lemon trees are everywhere! And the red lemons are loved by everyone. People come from all over the world to eat the sweet fruit of the red lemons. The End. A story about evolution. About not judging a book by its cover, so to speak. You never know what might be on the inside. About the benefits of thinking “outside the box”, about being creative. As this book is creative! Ethan and I both loved this book. It made me drool on Ethan’s knee.

And I’ll leave you with a little trip through Europe with a lemon!