"Children Make Terrible Pets" by Peter Brown

"Children Make Terrible Pets"
By Peter Brown
Little Brown, $16.99, ages 4-7

Ah, the dreaded getting-a-pet discussion. Peter Brown turns the conventions upside down, with this story of a little bear named Lucille Beatrice Bear, who finds a boy in the bushes and brings him home. "Oh! My! Gosh! You are the cutest critter in the  whole forest!" Lucille makes the customary promise to take total responsibility for her new pet. They play, eat and sleep together. "But it wasn't all fun and games. He was impossible to potty train." In this book, the bear has all the lines, and the "pet" only says "Squeak!" "Squeaker" eventually finds his way back home, and the ending isn't unexpected, but there's good humor even to the end."

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