Official Review: The Worst Pet Peeve Ever

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Official Review: The Worst Pet Peeve Ever

Post by MarisaRose » 16 Nov 2017, 11:32

[Following is an official review of "The Worst Pet Peeve Ever" by Anne Marie Hanlon Cook.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The Worst Pet Peeve Ever: Beware of What Bugs You by Anne Marie Hanlon Cook explores one mother’s pet peeve. In this particular family, the mother can’t stand the idea of a dirty, messy animal. However, her children would love nothing more than to have a family pet! Being a cleanly person, their mother decides the only pet they can have is a ‘pet peeve.’ This pet is the perfect pet: it doesn’t make a mess, and doesn’t eat much or dig up holes in the yard. This mother ends up convincing all of her friends in town to do away with their pets and adopt a pet peeve instead. But what happens to the fleas in the area when all the pets are gone? Why they find a new host to feed on, of course!

This illustrated book is approximately twenty pages long and would be best suited as a read-alone book for early independent readers or for adults to read to younger children. Simply put, this book is laugh-out-loud fun! The story the author weaves is clever and unique – I’ve never read a children’s book about pet peeves or the disastrous effects of a flea infestation. Throughout the story, the reactions of the parents and children are appropriate and relatable, and often times down-right funny. The best part about this children’s tale is that it is just as relatable from an adult perspective as it is from a child’s. I found myself smiling the whole time I read this story.

In addition to the amusing storyline, the author does a great job creating rhythmic prose. Rhyme is utilized throughout the narrative, but the rhyming never feels silly, forced or juvenile. The utilization of rhymes may also prove helpful to early independent readers who need clues to discern any words in the narrative which they may be unsure of. For the most part, the vocabulary used is simple, so independent readers can read through this book smoothly without too many questions.

The illustrations are just as amusing as the narrative. They are hand drawn and look like something a youngster would create themselves. Additionally, the characters depicted are expressive, and their emotive faces clearly match the corresponding words on the page. Even better, the animals included in the illustrations are adorable to look at. These illustrations have just enough detail to appeal to early independent readers; they aren’t just for very young children.

The Worst Pet Peeve Ever is an absolute joy to read for both parents and children. The writing style is fluid and fun to read aloud, the story is silly yet endearing and amusing, and the illustrations are simplistically eye-catching! Since there is nothing to dislike about this book, I happily rate it 4 out of 4 stars. This book can easily be enjoyed independently by elementary school children or read aloud to a younger audience. I highly recommend parents read along with this entertaining, sing-song story because they will enjoy the comical tale just as much as their children!

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Post by MsTri » 17 Nov 2017, 13:59

Ha ha ha! I LOVE the idea of this, as I love plays on words, especially puns, so reading about actual "pet peeves" sounds like a riot, not to mention the flea relocations. Thanks for the introduction; I'll def add this to my list of "Must Reads".

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Post by CommMayo » 17 Nov 2017, 14:17

Great review for a cute book. I particularly like how you give a target age group that would be appropriate for this book. Your comment about the rhymes not being silly made me laugh. My mother refused to read and Dr. Seuss books to me as a child because she hated the silly rhyming and made up words.

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Post by kandscreeley » 17 Nov 2017, 14:31

That sounds like such a cute review! Thanks for sharing the book with us. Sometimes maybe it is best to only have a pet peeve. :)
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Post by Athirah » 17 Nov 2017, 16:25

The book very good for children

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Post by malikmaliik » 17 Nov 2017, 18:36

I LOVE the idea of this, as I love plays on words, especially puns, so reading about actual "pet peeves" sounds like a riot, not to mention the flea relocations. :D :D :D

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Post by bookowlie » 17 Nov 2017, 19:59

I enjoyed reading your review! The concept of the story is so original and the hand drawn pictures sound really cute. I am going to take a second look at this one.
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Post by tyiana Walker » 17 Nov 2017, 22:50

I love the idea of this book. It makes reading fun for the parents and children as well. Both can relate and it also has a lesson inside of the learning experience of reading. I adore the fact that it also has humor, which is awesome for engaging our children to keep reading. I believe that this book would also be great for young readers who are trying to read or reading independently. This book to me as well would have to 4out of 4 stars.

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Post by Wawira254 » 18 Nov 2017, 02:11

I love this book. It has a good storyline and also interesting and makes the reader clued to the book to know what happens next. It has lessons that a child Can learn from the book. It's a 4out of4 star. Nice

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Post by Mercy Bolo » 18 Nov 2017, 10:05

Lovely review. Silly and amusing stories are exactly my thing. But a flea infestation? I don't think anything good can come out of that.
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Post by Nyambura Gachoka » 19 Nov 2017, 10:23

the review is really good, it makes want to read the book.

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Post by kislany » 19 Nov 2017, 14:24

What a lovely review of a lovely book! Not sure it's for me, but the review still drew me in. Great job!

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Post by kingslexasoh1000 » 19 Nov 2017, 17:25

It's kind of tempting to review it.

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Post by Mtsweni Nelsy » 21 Nov 2017, 07:16

That sounds like a book my five-year-old niece would love to be read to. Thanks for the review, the book sounds interesting and fun.

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Post by Paul Francisco » 02 Dec 2017, 20:25

Very interesting many Childrens Can learn to this story many Lesson about messing around. Hahaha. I love the Story About. More. 😊😊

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