Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown
(Starring Lucille Beatrice Bear)

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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 Peter Brown

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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
Published September 7, 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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In “Children Make Terrible Pets,” Peter Brown turns the classic picture book imagery of animals who act like people (or “people in animal suits,” as it’s said in the field) on its head with Lucy, an over-the-top feminine bear cub who finds a boy and wants to keep him as a pet.

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Publishers Weekly

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Jasper Rabbit doesn’t think twice about plundering the carrots of Crackenhopper Field “until they started following him.” Jasper glimpses three jack-o-lantern–jawed carrots behind him in the bathroom mirror (when he turns around it’s just a washcloth, shampoo bottle, and rubber duck—o...

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"Children make terrible pets," or so Lucy's mother informs her when she appears after a morning in the woods with a small boy in tow.

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New York Journal of Books

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Children Make Terrible Pets is a 40-page hardcover picture book about a bear cub named Lucy who, on a walk through the woods dancing and frolicking about, runs across someone admiring her from behind a bush—someone alone and frightened.When Lucy yells at the intruder to reveal itself, a young boy...

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Everyone knows the scenario: child brings pet home, begs to keep it, promises to take care of it, swears to never ask for anything else ever again.

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