Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Mason Dixon Pet Disasters by Claudia Mills
Mason is an only child and his parents think he needs a pet. He doesn't think he needs a pet. And he has the worst luck with them...
Alfred A Knopf sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you). It has already been published and you can nab a copy at your local bookstore. Guy Francis does the illustrations and gets Mason's facial expressions down pat. His animals are great, too.
Mason likes brown socks; only brown socks. He also likes plain T-shirts. But he doesn't like pets. However, his parents feel he needs some company besides his buddy, Brody, who lives next door.
They start with a goldfish; he overfeeds it by mistake. They get him a hamster; it escapes through the open door and is never seen again. They get him a cat; Brody is intensely allergic to it and they have to take it back. They finally ask Mason if he wouldn't like to have a dog. Not really. But then he connects with one which only has three legs. He didn't really want one that was disabled, but somehow he gets the feeling this dog is for him. His excitement isn't over yet, though...
This is an excellent book about how to choose a pet for your family as well as carrying a message that a pet can be special in your life. Mason learns that through hard knocks, but he does learn it.
Why not share this animal tale with your young one? It's a fun read.