Children Make Terrible Pets

Children Make Terrible Pets

Written & illustrated by Peter Brown

Published by Little, Brown, 2010

ISBN: 9780316015486

Format: Picturebook

40 Pages ~ Ages 3-8

Brief Summary

Lucy Bear happens upon a “critter” lost in the woods one day. He’s so cute that she takes him home and asks her mother if she can keep him as her pet. Lucy is having the time of her life…until things start to turn around. It doesn’t take her long to realize children make terrible pets. What started off all fun and games quickly takes a turn for the worse when Squeaker (her pet) shows Lucy how what a handful pets can be.


Although atypical, Children Make Terrible Pets this is a cute relatable story. Brown does a great job of depicting the highs and lows little ones experience when being charged with being responsible for a pet in language they can understand. I’m absolutely smitten with his earthy illustrations. In all their simplicity, the illustrations(made with pencil and paper, construction paper, wood, and some digital tweaking) are neutral, playful, and reminiscent of early color photography. And yes, I must admit, children do make terrible pets. But if you’re already a pet owner, I wouldn’t think it’d be that much different.


If you like Children Make Terrible Pets, catch up with Lucy in Brown’s follow-up You Will Be My Friend. You might also like Mo Willems’ Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator!


  • New York Times Bestseller
  • New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book (2010)
  • E.B. White Read-Aloud Picture Book Award (2011
  • Irma Black Award Honor Book (2011)



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