What Pet Should I Get?

What Pet Should I Get?

eBook - 2015
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A #1 New York Times bestseller!

This previously never-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss about making up one's mind is the literary equivalent of buried treasure! What happens when a brother and sister visit a pet store to pick a pet? Naturally, they can't choose just one! The tale captures a classic childhood moment—choosing a pet—and uses it to illuminate a life lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it!

Told in Dr. Seuss's signature rhyming style, this is a must-have for Seuss fans and book collectors, and a perfect choice for the holidays, birthdays, and happy occasions of all kinds.

An Editor's Note at the end discusses Dr. Seuss's pets, his creative process, and the discovery of the manuscript and illustrations for What Pet Should I Get?
From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Random House Children's Books

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 08, 2020

What Pet Should I Get? is a very fun and engaging way to teach kids how to read, as well as learning about different types of animals! I thought that it was very cleverly written, and love the rhyming style, that makes Dr. Seuss’ books unique and entertaining! I think that kids will love this book, especially because of the cute illustrations, and fun story line! The idea of choosing a pet is definitely intriguing, as well, and I like how the main character is also a young kid! I would definitely recommend that other readers add this book to their shelves! @PenelopeScriptor of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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JuanAntonioSamaraj
Feb 28, 2020

Too much emphasis on making a timely rather than a well considered decision, especially when it comes to caring for a living thing.

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hsteiner85
Feb 05, 2019

Cute book, the typical rhyming style of Dr. Seuss books but most if not all are "normal" words, not made up. A brother and sister are trying to decide which pet to get at the pet store. The books leaves it open-ended for you to guess and make up your own mind. Really enjoyed it

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mmcbeth29
Jan 13, 2016

SUMMARY: A brother and sister enter a pet story to pick out a pet. There's only one problem. They can only choose one pet for both of them. First they see a cat and a dog to choose between, but suddenly, the choices expand enormously. In the end, the brother chooses something, but the reader is left guessing.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations are done in the classic Dr. Seuss style.

THE GOOD: This book is fairly short and the wording is simple making this a good book for a newly independent reader. The topic of choosing a pet is high interest for children.
THE NOT AS GOOD: This book, published after the death of Dr. Seuss, is missing some of the elements that made Seuss a great writer. The writing is a bit too simplistic, short, and lacking in the wild imagination Seuss often engaged in. The shortness and abrupt ending made the story feel unfinished as if the publishers simply found something Dr. Seuss started to write and published it as is. And I was completely unsatisfied with the ending where no one gets to know what pet the children got. This is not how Seuss would have ended his story because he always left you with a point. And finally, why did only the brother get the final say in what pet they got? A bit sexist there if you ask me. Seuss was picky about his writing and I feel he would have been disappointed to see this book published in this unfinished state.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Ages 3-7

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mclarjh
Oct 08, 2015

I was curious how dated the book would appear to a reader today (as opposed to the 1960s when I was a regular reader), but it's fared well. I found a few instances of sexism, for example, a couple of the pets are referred to as "he" or "him," but no pets are referred to as "she" or "her," instead "it" or "that." The eight-page afterword by the publisher was most interesting.

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ACS02
Aug 24, 2015

Great new release.

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Aug 24, 2015

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Aug 24, 2015

A newly released book by Dr. Seuss about a boy who is trying to figure out what pet he should get.

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