Bob Staake is one of our favorite modern picture book artists, and books are some of our most beloved material possessions. So it goes without saying that we must love Bob Staake's latest picture book, My Pet Book.
|My Pet Book by Bob Staake.|
Random House, 2014.
A little boy in Smartytown wanted an easy pet, not a dog or a cat.
His parents suggest a pet book. It would be easy to care for and it would never run away!
The book was, indeed, the perfect pet. It never ate or drank, or shed or got fleas. "It didn't even poop!"
Best of all were the stories inside the book.
But what happens when the boy's pet book does disappear? What happens when the maid (accidentally) donates the boy's pet book to charity?
As you can see from my first photo, My Pet Book inspired some imaginative play. The girls chose their own pet books. Big Sis chose her beloved Wonderful Wizard of Oz, while Little Sis is sentimental toward our old board book copy of Goodnight Moon. And while pet books don't really eat or drink, we decided that if they did eat and drink, they might eat letters and drink ink. Why not?
Bob Staake has a wonderful style, very retro-modern. We try to check out each of his books as they come out. And books that celebrate books are some of our very favorites. We enjoy books as tangible objects, as well as the stories they contain. My Pet Book is definitely a keeper. I'm adding it to someone's wish list right now!
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