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Pet boy
Graves, Keith.
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Publication Information:
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
After having been kidnapped and taken into space to become a pet for an alien creature, Stuart finally learns to be responsible for his many pets at home.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 48651.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Meet Stanleyavid pet collector. He purchases them in singles and in matching colored sets. Big or small, dry or wet, he loves to buy new pets. But, always on the lookout for something new and unique, Stanley quickly loses interest in the pets he has. Until one day, he finds a very unusual pet store, and before he can say, "I'll take the singing manta ray," zap! he finds himself inside a cage! Stanley quickly learns the ups and downs of being a pet, and by the end of his intergalactic adventure he understands the importance of friendship, loyalty and respect.

The creator of Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance has concocted another zany story that is as hilarious as it is thought-provoking.

Author Notes

Keith Graves is the pen name of an alien disguised as a large parakeet. He was last spotted in Texas with his lovely three-eyed wife and twin Martians. This is his second book for earthlings.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 6^-8. An obsessive young pet collector suffers a change of heart after an extraterrestrial hunter seizes him and sells him to a giant, three-eyed, purple alien boy. Furious at being kept in a jar, Stanley not only refuses to perform any tricks for his new owner, Joiner, but also escapes as soon as an opportunity presents itself. Just as he's about to be exterminated by the local equivalent of pest control, he is reclaimed by Joiner, who, newly concerned for his pet's well being, transports him back to Earth. Having seen the bars from the inside, Stanley promptly frees his own menagerie, but makes his former pets an offer they can't (or, at least, don't) refuse: regular meals in exchange for their continued company. Graves' verse text displays an airy disregard for consistent rhythms and unforced rhymes, but he stocks his darkly lambent acrylics with a wild assortment of bizarrely hued, rubbery looking creatures. Though lacking the delectable grossness of his crowd-pleasing Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance (1999), this delivers a worthy thought with engaging silliness. --John Peters

Publisher's Weekly Review

It takes a trip to outer space and a case of role reversal to give a boy bored with his pets some perspective. One day, while searching for ever-more-novel animals, pet-collector Stanley is petnapped himself by an evil, turquoise-hued trader and sold to Jopnar, a three-eyed alien boy. After a failed escape attempt lands Stanley in the pound ("where strays not claimed by end of day/ are soon to be extinct"), Jopnar arrives in the nick of time to free the boy and his caged mates. He sends Stanley home, properly repentant and ready to treat his pets with greater respect. Using the same dark yet luminescent palette of his debut Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance, Graves paints a pleasantly demented universe. Stanley resembles a long, skinny pencil eraser with spectacles, alien spaceships appear to be manufactured from old battleship parts and the evil trader's pants expose a little too much of his aqua rear end. In spite of its sometimes bumpy verse, the narrative picks up speed and inventiveness as the story builds to a climax. Ages 3-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved