Children Make Terrible Pets

Children Make Terrible Pets

by Peter Brown


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Check out this bestselling, rollicking, and humorous twist on the classic "first pet" story about a young bear and her favorite pet boy!

When Lucy, a young bear, discovers a boy in the woods, she's absolutely delighted. She brings him home and begs her mom to let her keep him, even though her mom warns, "Children make terrible pets." But mom relents, and Lucy gets to name her new pet Squeaker.

Through a series of hilarious and surprising scenes, readers can join Lucy and Squeaker on their day of fun and decide for themselves whether or not children really do make terrible pets.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316015486
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/07/2010
Series: Starring Lucille Beatrice Bear Series
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 298,323
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD510L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Peter Brown is the author and illustrator of many bestselling children's books, including Children Make Terrible Pets and The Curious Garden. He is the recipient of a Caldecott Honor for Creepy Carrots!, two E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award, and a Children's Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year. Peter's website is

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Children Make Terrible Pets 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Rumplestilts More than 1 year ago
My 6 and 8 year old daughters love it! And every other Peter Brown book. Playful illustrations, clever and clear writing. Try the "Chowder" series too and the best Brown book yet, "The Curious Garden." All great read-alouds, AND read alones.
LitLovr More than 1 year ago
We happened across this book while pregnant with my daughter Lucille. I was drawn to the kitschy, colorful artwork and I was hooked when I read that the main character's name was Lucille. The story is funny and sweet and I could not be more pleased with this book. We have a large selection of children's books for my daughter (now 18 months) and she still picks this book up off of the shelf every night. We were so pleased with this story that we recently purchased the sequel, You Will Be My Friend.
LeanieVA More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my Nook to read to my grandchildren. They love it and so do I even after the 100th time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is halarious
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My three and five year old giggle every time they read this!
mel_p More than 1 year ago
This story is about a young bear who finds a child and wants to keep hima as a pet. His mother warns him that they don't make very good pets but the bear tries to make the best of it. My son thinks this story is hilarious. His imagination ran wild at the end as he discussed a variety of things the bear could have had instead and how the child could have been a better pet. We have enjoyed reading it (over and over and over).
EagleRockMom More than 1 year ago
The plot is simple and entertaining, and the illustrations are lovely.
lisa_a_hobbs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Simple, funny, sweet...a story about a young bear who finds a boy in the woods and keeps him as a pet. Of course, she finds out that children can be a lot of fun but don't really make good pets. They tear up the furniture, throw food,track mud everywhere, and are tough to potty train (especially using a litter box). I read this story to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders and they loved it. A great read aloud. They're all hoping for a follow up book to find out if elephants make better pets than children.
SarahCCL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love this book! The illustrations are just priceless. This book had everyone who read it, adult and child alike, laughing out loud. Perfect example of a picture book - where the illustrations tell the full story/round out the words. Lucy Bear finds a little boy in the woods, and decides she wants to keep him as her pet. Her mother is not impressed. Lucy finds out that while children are fun to play with they make terrible pets - they are ruin the furniture and they are hard to house train. Her pet boy eventually runs away, back to his own family. Lucy sees that he is happy with his family and makes the hard decision to leave him there. The last page, where Lucy finds another inappropriate pet is classic! Highly recommended.A good readaloud for older storytimes.
SJKessel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very fun.Plays with perspective.Cautions against trying to adopt a wild animal as a pet.
sarahbatte on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Funny and cute, its kinda a reverse book, instead of a child finding a pet a pet finds a child. I love the title very eye-catching. About a bear that finds a kid and wants to keep him but his mother worns him that children make bad pets, at first they get along great then problems start to occur.
ALelliott on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a twist on the classic stray animal story. Instead of a kid finding a stray animal and begging mom, "Can we keep it?" Lucy the Bear finds a stray boy in the woods and takes him home to be her pet. But she quickly finds out that children like Squeaker (her name for him as he only speaks in squeaks) make terrible pets: you can't potty train them, and they tear apart the furniture. All ends well when Lucy returns Squeaker to his family.What drew me to this book were the illustrations. Done in colored pencil, with construction paper speech balloons, the artwork was cartoonish and funny. The author, who is also the illustrator, does great facial expressions. Kids will be able to relate to Lucy's trials with Squeaker, and will giggle over the idea of being an animal's pet. A fun read for parents and kids alike. For ages 5-9 (or anyone who likes a great picture book).
ander23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A twist on the typical "child wants a pet" story. Great illustrations. Very funny. 4 stars.
asomers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My students were delighted with this story. It produced a lot of giggles as we read about Lucy, the bear's, pet boy.
CrystalRushton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Children Make Terrible Pets is an absolutely adorable story with a bit of a twist. In this tale, a super cute bear named Lucy finds a pet and brings him home, as many children have. Eventually, Lucy convinces her mother to let her keep her new pet, and name him Squeaker; but, Squeaker is not just any old pet¿Squeaker is a little boy! Soon, Lucy discovers that the little boy does not make a very good pet at all. Squeaker makes lots of messes and he is impossible to potty train. Then, Squeaker goes missing and Lucy and her mother go in search to find him. Finally, they find Squeaker back at home with his own family and Lucy realizes it is time to say goodbye to her friend. The illustrations in Children Make Terrible Pets are extremely unique and add some new-age flair to the book. Many of the pages feature wood-like borders and the text is placed in different colored cut-out text-boxes. The drawings of the bears and people are sketched in pencil and look very clean. This story is definitely one to which children can relate, especially those animal lovers that are always bringing pets home (I know I was!), and best of all it presents the classic dilemma with a new twist. All in all, this is a great new picture book from 2010 and I would recommend it for early elementary students.
briannad84 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute and funny story with beautiful illustrations. My son liked it and loved doing the "Squeak" parts!
tlwood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lucy, the bear, finds a little boy in the woods and decides she wants to keep him as a pet. After naming him Squeaker, since that's the only sound he seemed to make, she took him home to her mother as asked if she could keep him as a pet. Things didn't workout the way Lucy had imagined. In the end, Lucy realized it was best for Squeaker to be where she found him, in HIS natural habitat. Children will enjoy the pictures and the interaction between bear and child.
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