I Wish I Had a Pet by Maggie Ruddy

ruddy-wishIhadaPetRuddy, Maggie. I Wish I Had a Pet. New York: Beach Lane Books, 2014. Print.

Genre: picture book (photographic, not illustrated)

Summary: A little mouse dreams of having a pet. She also imagines all the pluses and minuses of being another creature’s caretaker and best friend. A really good book to read and discuss with kiddos who are clamoring for a pet. (I currently fall in that category, just so you know…)

Critique: Ruddy creates amazing dioramas of little mice, their living spaces, beaches, parks, etc all from found or recycled items. Only a small warning: these little creatures are not crafted in an adorable-size-fits-all style. They are one part creepy and one part cute. Is the word for that crute? Crupy? Cureepy?

Images from Simon & Schuster.


By jenmichellemason

Jenny is a story hunter. She has explored foreign countries, canyon mazes, and burial crypts to gather the facts that make good stories. Once, she sniffed a 200-year-old skull...for research purposes. Jenny received an M.Phil from Trinity College Dublin and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from VCFA. She has authored nearly 20 STEM books for young readers. Her inquisitive and funny nonfiction articles have appeared in Mountain Flyer, Cobblestone, and Muse magazines. Jenny also works as a freelance copy writer for nonprofits and small businesses.

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