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*Extraordinary Pets* by Barroux
Also by Barroux:

Emily and Alex: Plain and Fancy
Extraordinary Pets
by Barroux
Grades PreK-2 72 pages Blue Apple Books March 2010 Hardcover    

Forget about owning a dog, a cat, or a fish - imagine yourself walking a flamingo, an octopus or an elephant.

Classic pets have their good points, but as revealed with the lift of a flap, there are advantages to having extraordinary pets, too.
“A cat likes quiet BUT…an elephant trumpets.
A dog walks BUT…a snake slithers.”
The boys and girls in this book are dressed to match the extraordinary pets hidden under the folds on the page. A consistent background of bright red and light brown appears behind simple line drawings and large black lettering. Barroux’s use of pencils, collage, linocut, and acrylics remind us how older books were once colored.

Unfortunately the rhyming text doesn’t continue after the first page, but a rhythmic pattern is established when introducing all twenty-eight animals. Although there are other books about pets on the market, Extraordinary Pets encourages imaginative thought and side-by-side comparisons.

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