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Title:
The pet shop
Author:
Ahlberg, Allan.
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Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, 1990.
Summary:
Two skeletons visit the pet shop several times before finding the perfect pet.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780688099053

9780688099060
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Book

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Summary

Two skeletons visit the pet shop several times before finding the perfect pet.


Summary

Two skeletons visit the pet shop several times before finding the perfect pet.


Author Notes

Allan Ahlberg was born in 1938 in South London, and grew up in the Black Country. He worked as a teacher, postman, grave digger, soldier and plumber's mate before he became a full-time writer.

He met his wife and creative partner, Janet at teacher training college. It was because Janet wanted to illustrate a book that Allan wrote his first book, the Brick Street boys. After that, together they wrote 37 books.

Janet died in 1994 and Ahlberg discontinued his writing career for a few years before picking it up again.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Allan Ahlberg was born in 1938 in South London, and grew up in the Black Country. He worked as a teacher, postman, grave digger, soldier and plumber's mate before he became a full-time writer.

He met his wife and creative partner, Janet at teacher training college. It was because Janet wanted to illustrate a book that Allan wrote his first book, the Brick Street boys. After that, together they wrote 37 books.

Janet died in 1994 and Ahlberg discontinued his writing career for a few years before picking it up again.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Gr. 1-2. The original Funnybones [BKL Jl 1 81] introduced the big skeleton, the little skeleton, and the dog skeleton in a picture book more merry than macabre. These two new adventures feature the same characters in smaller format books suitable for beginning readers and for reading aloud to younger children. In Pet Shop, the dog skeleton barks so much that the other characters trade him in for a series of pets. Each new animal pleases initially, then annoys them, until they trade the last one for a mysterious box containing the perfect pet: their old dog. Black Cat introduces a new, nonskeletal character, a cat who watches the skeletons sledding and gives the dog skeleton a good run before returning to the snowy hill to sled by herself. Each book contains one short, satisfying story. While hippopotamus and boneyard may not appear on the typical vocabulary list for this age level, beginning readers beguiled by the skeletons' unpretentious charms will not want to miss a word of their new adventures. ~--Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-- ``In a dark dark town, on a cold cold night, under a starry starry sky . . . a little skeleton is sliding.'' Originally featured in Funnybones (Greenwillow, 1981), the big skeleton, little skeleton, and their skeleton dog return for a pair of midnight adventures. In The Black Cat , they go sledding. Both skeletons lose a leg (``A white leg in snow is hard to find'') and must make a trip to the boneyard to replace the missing part. In The Pet Shop , the skeletons decide to trade in their yappy dog for a quieter pet, but all of their selections prove unsuitable. Not at all scary, these creatures are fully fleshed-out and slightly goofy-looking. Bright colors contrast sharply with a midnight black background, creating a cheerful mood. Cartoonlike layout, repetitive language, and situational humor make these a good choice for beginning readers. --Ruth Smith, Chicago Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Gr. 1-2. The original Funnybones [BKL Jl 1 81] introduced the big skeleton, the little skeleton, and the dog skeleton in a picture book more merry than macabre. These two new adventures feature the same characters in smaller format books suitable for beginning readers and for reading aloud to younger children. In Pet Shop, the dog skeleton barks so much that the other characters trade him in for a series of pets. Each new animal pleases initially, then annoys them, until they trade the last one for a mysterious box containing the perfect pet: their old dog. Black Cat introduces a new, nonskeletal character, a cat who watches the skeletons sledding and gives the dog skeleton a good run before returning to the snowy hill to sled by herself. Each book contains one short, satisfying story. While hippopotamus and boneyard may not appear on the typical vocabulary list for this age level, beginning readers beguiled by the skeletons' unpretentious charms will not want to miss a word of their new adventures. ~--Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-- ``In a dark dark town, on a cold cold night, under a starry starry sky . . . a little skeleton is sliding.'' Originally featured in Funnybones (Greenwillow, 1981), the big skeleton, little skeleton, and their skeleton dog return for a pair of midnight adventures. In The Black Cat , they go sledding. Both skeletons lose a leg (``A white leg in snow is hard to find'') and must make a trip to the boneyard to replace the missing part. In The Pet Shop , the skeletons decide to trade in their yappy dog for a quieter pet, but all of their selections prove unsuitable. Not at all scary, these creatures are fully fleshed-out and slightly goofy-looking. Bright colors contrast sharply with a midnight black background, creating a cheerful mood. Cartoonlike layout, repetitive language, and situational humor make these a good choice for beginning readers. --Ruth Smith, Chicago Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.