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Mr. Betts and Mr. Potts
Hull, Rod.
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New York : Barefoot Books, 2000.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 x 26 cm
Mr. Betts brings his pets to the veterinarian, Mr. Potts, to have them cured of their spots, stripes, beards, and other strange ailments.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this protracted picture book, Mr. Betts takes his pets to the vet's. "The vet, whose name was Mr. Potts,/ Listened and said,/ "You have got lots/ And lots and lots of pets./ What's wrong with them, Mr. Betts?'" Round-faced Mr. Betts, whose twin tufts of white hair give him a bullish appearance, points out the pastel polka-dots covering his animals. Mr. Potts, whose red bow-tie and white lab coat announce his profession, diagnoses "spottyitis." He concocts a green potion that duly erases the spots but produces multicolored stripes on the rabbit, canary, cat and others. A second prescription zaps the stripes but gives the animals beards. More doctor-visits ensue. This posthumous publication of English author Hull mires a potentially entertaining premise in convoluted couplets that don't always scan. Davies further complicates the pages with busy gouaches against pale pink or lavender backdrops. Patients, potions and medicine spoons scatter willy-nilly, vying for attention with the wordy rhymes and making for a muddled read. Ages 4-10. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-This rhyming story introduces some color concepts but has several weaknesses. Mr. Betts has a cat, fish, snake, rat, rabbit, canary, frog, and dog. When they all get spots, he visits the vet, Mr. Potts, who gives them a green potion. This cures the first malady but gives them another, forcing Mr. Betts to return to the vet repeatedly, each time receiving a different-colored remedy. Finally, the pets are normal, but smaller in size, and the doctor reassures his bewildered client, "Your pets are precious, I know you need them./Now all you have to do is feed them!" The story is slight and predictable, although children will enjoy the repetition. The rhyme suits the story, but does not always scan well. Though the gouache illustrations are sharply outlined in black, the colors overstep the lines, giving them a hurried or amateurish look. Both artwork and text have appeal, but they are neither fresh nor original. Rhyming books are a dime a dozen, and for a truly worthwhile color book, go with Ellen Walsh's Mouse Paint (Harcourt, 1989).-Amy Lilien-Harper, Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.