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"It was Danny's birthday and his folks said he could get any kind of animal he wanted for a pet. Danny thought it over before he went to bed. 'All I really want is a turtle,'" he said. But instead, his family gets him a dog, a kitten, a rat, and a bird. Danny shakes his head after each gift is offered until finally he receives the present he's wished for all along. Accompanying each amusing stanza are Kevin O Malley's cheerful illustrations using design markers and colored pencil.
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Author Ellen Javernick lives in Loveland, Colorado.
Illustrator Kevin O'Malley has written and illustrated a number of books, including Little Buggy Runs Away and the Miss Malarkey books by Judy Finchler. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
PreSchool-Grade 2—In this rhyming picture book, Danny decides he wants a pet turtle for his birthday. His family members, however, have different ideas and he gets a dog from his father, a kitten from his mother, a rat from his brother, and a bird from his sister. Finally, Danny convinces them that all he really wants is a box turtle, and while the others keep the pets they acquired, he finally gets his wish. While Javernick's verses are simple yet clever, it is O'Malley's energetic drawings that make the book shine. As each person speaks to him, Danny is shown wearing things that look turtle-ish, adding visual humor to the story. Meanwhile, there is a hint in the pictures and rhyme that forecast which pet he will receive next. The use of perspective as each new creature arrives grabs readers' attention and clearly shows how Danny feels about it. The bright pencil and marker illustrations practically jump off the page, while the large print makes the text easy to read. A brief note at the front informs parents that box turtles are challenging pets and need proper care. This is a great read-aloud, no matter what type of pet children prefer.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
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Book Description Two Lions, 2009. Hardcover. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0761455221
Book Description Amazon Children's Publishing, 2009. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0761455221
Book Description Two Lions, 2009. Condition: New. Kevin O'Malley (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0761455221