Sunday, January 30, 2011

Week 18: Wanted: The Perfect Pet

I'm a sucker for illustrations. Of course I picked up this book because of the duck in the book (not pictured) with his rounded bill. He looked just so cute, I had to know if the story was as good as the illustrations. It turns out - it is!
Wanted: The Perfect Pet by Fiona Roberton is about a little boy who wants a dog because it is a perfect pet for a little boy. When a duck (disguised as a dog) answers the boy's want ad, the boy has to decide what he is really looking for in a pet. 
This book would be great for showing how illustrations should add more to the story than just the text. In one illustration, there is a copy of the newspaper where the boy has placed his add. In another, a diagram shows all the necessary components for the perfect pet. These illustrations add so much more to the story and enjoyment of reading the book than just the words.