Aware that their father is absolutely against owning a pet, a brother and sister find themselves in a difficult situation when a loving dragon named Hoover appears one afternoon--causing the pair to come up with a clever plan to hide their new friend before their father gets back from work.
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Kindergarten-Grade 2–A brother and sister desperately want a pet, but their father won't agree to the idea. When the children discover an aptly named voracious dragon in the backyard, they promptly adopt him and try to keep their father from learning their secret. Some extraordinary camouflages are used and, as the children believe, Daddy didn't notice a thing. Is the man really so obtuse? Readers' credulity is strained when Hoover becomes a flying umbrella–as well as a chandelier, stepladder, coat stand, and, of course, a vacuum cleaner. Folksy, brilliant illustrations are the main reason this book succeeds. While its premise is a familiar one and the language generally uninspired, the joyful silliness of each intensely colored and fearlessly cluttered picture drives the story forward. David LaRochelle's The Best Pet of All (Dutton, 2004), Dan Yaccarino's An Octopus Followed Me Home (Viking, 1997), and Jake Wolf's Daddy, Could I Have an Elephant? (HarperCollins, 1996) are all superior books about unusual pets. Hiding Hoover might be swallowed by the competition if not for the lively illustrations and a dragon with a very funny name.–Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
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Book Description Dial, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Laura Huliska-Beith (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0803727062
Book Description Dial, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110803727062