~I received My Favorite Pets for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~
I am super excited to share with you the new book by National Book Award winner Jeanne Birdsall’s and New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss: My Favorite Pets by Gus W. for Ms. Smolinski’s Class. The perfect book for summer reading or to get ready for the new school year.
A hilarious picture book from New York Times bestselling author of The Penderwicks Jeanne Birdsall and New York Times bestselling illustrator Harry Bliss about one child’s outrageous school essay on his “pet” sheep.
Things to know about sheep:
Sheep live outside.
Sheep have wool.
Sheep will not learn to ride a skateboard.
Sheep will not climb a tree.
Sheep will come into the house…but this will get you into trouble.
Seventeen sheep plus one Gus means that life is never dull on the farm! From National Book Award winning author Jeanne Birdsall and New York Times Bestselling illustrator Harry Bliss comes a hilarious tale about man’s other best friend.
Gus has seventeen sheep in his yard, so of course he chooses that animal as his favorite pet in the school report he must complete for class. Gus fills his report with lots of fun facts about sheep like they can’t ride bicycles and they don’t climb trees. Bliss’s fun-filled and lively pictures bring both the sheep and Gus’s antics alive for young children, who will enjoy this enjoyable book over and over again. Each page shows the book’s words on the lined paper that Gus uses for his book report, with the final page showing Gus’s grade of a B+ and a thank-you from his teacher for the new scarf (because a sheep ate her old one she lent to Gus).
JEANNE BIRDSALL is the author of the New York Times bestselling Penderwicks series. She resides in Northampton, Massachusetts, with her husband and an assortment of animals, including a dog named Cagney. You can find out more about Jeanne, her books, and her animal friends at JeanneBirdsall.com.
HARRY BLISS is a cartoonist for the New Yorker. His self-titled daily cartoon, Bliss, is syndicated internationally. Harry also illustrates books for children. They include A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech; Which Would You Rather Be? by William Steig; Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee; Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin, as well as Bailey and Luke on the Loose, both written and illustrated by Harry. Harry lives in Vermont. Learn more about him at HarryBliss.com.
An Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers hardcover on sale July 5, 2016. This 40 page book is for ages 5 – 8. A really great addition to any child’s bookshelves and is sure to be the star of many a reader’s summer reading reports.