The Big Pets by Lane Smith
(Viking Kestrel Picture Books)

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In an intriguing story perfect for a bedtime read, Lane Smith explores a mysterious dream-world where all the children are small and all the pets are big. Full color throughout.

About Lane Smith

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Lane Smith is a writer and an illustrator. Lane's titles with Jon Scieszka have included the Caldecott Honor winner The Stinky Cheese Man; The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs; Math Curse; and Science Verse. He wrote and illustrated Madam President and John, Paul, George & Ben which were both New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestsellers. Lane's other high profile titles include Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky; The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders; Big Plans by Bob Shea; and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. He also served as Conceptual Designer on the Disney film version of James and the Giant Peach. Lane also wrote and illustrated The Happy Hocky Family and The Happy Hocky Family Moves to the Country.
Published March 1, 1991 by Viking Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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In this droll parade of embarrassments, a nerdy donkey in glasses and a bow tie asks his pal to discuss “the big elephant” in the room.

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``The girl was small and the cat was big,'' begins a bizarre nighttime journey during which small children and their giant pets frolic somewhere in the dreamy heavens.

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There is, for example, ''the small boy who rode on the back of the big dog.'' They're headed for the Bone Gardens, where ''he played while his dog gnawed.'' Other children choose to visit the Hamster Holes (cavernous depths in soft, maroon-red earth) or to sit quietly by Cricket Creek (a bespec...

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