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Peter Brown

Children Make Terrible Pets


2011, E.B. White Read Aloud Award, Winner2012, Colorado Children's Book Award, Nominee2011, Irma S. & James H. Black Award, Honor Book2012, Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award, Nominee2011, New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Award, Winner2013, Beehive Awards, Nominee2013, Grand Canyon Reader Award, Nominee2013, Nevada Young Readers' Award, Nominee2014, California Young Reader Medal, Nominee

Check out this bestselling, rollicking, and humorous twist on the classic first pet story about a young bear and her favorite pet boy

When Lucy, a young bear, discovers a boy in the woods, she's absolutely delighted. She brings him home and begs her mom to let her keep him, even though her mom warns, Children make terrible pets. But mom relents, and Lucy gets to name her new pet Squeaker.

Through a series of hilarious and surprising scenes, readers can join Lucy and Squeaker on their day of fun and decide for themselves whether or not children really do make terrible pets.


About the Author
Peter Brown is the author and illustrator of many bestselling children's books, including Children Make Terrible Pets and The Curious Garden. He is the recipient of a Caldecott Honor for Creepy Carrots!, two E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award, and a Children's Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year. Peter's website is