The Best Pet of All

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The Best Pet of All

By David LaRochelle; Hanako Wakiyama (Illustrator)

Dutton Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780525471295, 32pp.

Publication Date: June 3, 2004


This boy-wants-dog story with a twist is both snappy and endearing. The little boy's mother won't let him have a dog. Dogs are too messy and too loud. But she says he can have a dragon for a pet&150if he can find one. Enter the coolest&150but naughtiest&150pet ever. The dragon is messier and louder than any dog. And he will not leave. How will the boy ever get a dog now?

Wry, stylish illustrations with an appealing retro look perfectly complement the spare, witty text. A comical, engaging story for anyone who's ever wanted a pet!

About the Author
David LaRochelle is the author of many books for children including How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans, The Best Pet of All and The Haunted Hamburger and Other Ghostly Stories. David lives in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Hanako Wakiyama has also suffered through the itchy torment of chicken pox. She is the illustrator of "Too Big!, " by Claire Masurel, and lives in San Francisco with her husband and young daughter.

Praise For The Best Pet of All

"LaRochelle’s prose is simple, repetitive, and wonderfully understated. A happy wag of the kid-wants-dog tale…”—Booklist, starred review