Pet Show!

Pet Show!

by Ezra Jack Keats


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How can you enter a pet show when your pet runs away? That's the question Archie faces when he can't find his cat to enter in the neighborhood pet show. Fortunately, he does some fast thinking to win a prize in this beloved classic from award-winning author-illustrator Ezra Jack Keats.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142300008
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/10/2001
Edition description: REISSUE
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 173,260
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile: 300L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Ezra Jack Keats (1916–1983) is the Caldecott Medal winning author of The Snowy Day, which broke ground in 1962 as one of the first picture books for young children to portray a realistic, multi-cultural urban setting. Since its initial publication, The Snowy Day has come to be regarded as both a children’s classic and one of the most important picture books ever written/illustrated. Ezra Jack Keats’ legacy lives on in the popularity of his most famous character, Peter—the star of The Snowy DayWhistle for WilliePeter's ChairA Letter to AmyGoggles, and others. Visit the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation online at

Date of Birth:

March 11, 1916

Date of Death:

May 6, 1983

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, New York

Place of Death:

New York, New York


Thomas Jefferson High School, New York City

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Pet Show 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
His books always hit just the right, realistic note.We really love the part in this book where Archie declares that HIS pet is a GERM. I can see a real child doing just that :)Definitely check out Keats' books if you haven't before, and for sure you want to get *this* one.
cvyork on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good moral about how to be a good citizens and to not be overfilled with pride
Linley335 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Boy doesnt have a pet for the pet show so now he brings a 'germ' in a jar!
arewald on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Pet Show" is a cute book about a neighborhood pet show where every pet gets a prize. Archie had planned on bringing a local stray cat, but when the cat doesn't turn up anywhere Archie is forced to improvise.
kmsmith13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a group of children who all enter their pets in a pet show. This would be a great book to read leading up to a time where all students brought their favorite item from home and shared with the other students why it is their favorite. This would be a fun activity and it would allow students to engage in conversation and share with one another. The illustrations in the book are very original and students would like them.
jlowens4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story, "Pet Show!" was a story about a pet show in a small town. The little boy wanted to put his cat in the pet show but could not find his cat anywhere. He looked and looked while his friends went on to the pet show. The line at the pet show was very long, and people were already winning ribbons when the little boy ran up with a bag. No one knew what he had in the bad and when he opened the bag he told the judges he brought his pet "a germ." The judges loved his pet and gave him the quietest pet award.
MrJPenguin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: The neighborhood is having its very own pet show and every kid around is excited to start competing. This includes a young boy named Archie who unfortunately has a problem; his pet, his cat is missing. With everyone else getting awards, Archie soon gets an idea and decides to enter a very special pet in a jar; a germ. This earns Archie the award for having the quietest pet. Not long after that, an elderly woman appears with Archie's cat and wins a ribbon. Being a good sport, Archie lets her keep the prize, but he took back his cat.Personal Reaction: Yet another book from my childhood, I always thought it to be really fun. The pictures are great and really work well with the setting of the story.Classroom Extension Ideas:1. Have children bring photographs of their pets to show and share with everyone.2. Let the students draw pictures of any kind of animal they might want as a pet; any kind of animal at all. Then display the drawings on the wall.
atlomas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a small pet show put together by all the neighborhood people. Kids bring all kinds of animals from dogs, to ants and even germs! This would be a great book for story time.