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The Great Pet Sale [Paperback]

Mick Inkpen
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Book Description

20 July 2006
Everything in the pet shop must go, even the rat with half his whiskers missing! 'I'm only 1p. Choose me, ' he calls. But first, the little boy must look though all the other animal bargains...

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Product details

  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books; New Ed edition (20 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340918179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340918173
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 22.4 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mick Inkpen is one of the top-selling picture book artists and writers in the world. The Kipper and Wibbly Pig stories have millions of readers worldwide. He has won the British Book Award twice for Lullabyhullaballoo and Penguin Small and the Children's Book Award for Threadbear. He has also been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Award three times, winning Bronze for Wibbly Pig's Silly Big Bear. In addition to this, Kipper won a BAFTA for best animated children's film in 1998. for more information see www.hodderchildrens.co.uk/kipper

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The sign in the pet shop window says "Everything must go". "Everything" refers to an incredible assortment of animals from tiny terrapin at two pence each to a great big dragon for 25 pence. There's also a one-whiskered rat, a bargain for only a penny, who is determined to be bought and pops up on all the pages.

This is a wonderful, humorous tale from the pen of Mick Inkpen, author and illustrator of the delightful Kipper stories. It is also a counting book full of lift-the-flap surprises, with a very satisfying ending, which is perfect for reading aloud and sharing with young children. (Ages 3 to 5) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is a lovely picture book with gorgeous wholesome pictures, and a lift-the-flap on every page. A boy heads into a pet shop with big signs on the window "Everything must go". Inside there's a very friendly rat for 1p who's dying to be picked and helps throughout the browsing process. There are lots of interesting animals, terrapin, turtle and tortoise; a perch of things beginning with p (platypus???); a skink ("a sausage on legs" says the rat) and so on. Will the boy choose the salamander, the anteater, or what? The finale is a long fold-out page with a collection of animals and a pop-out pelican.
With its flaps and interesting animals, this is probably suitable for children from about 18 months (in response to the other review, Billy's Beetle has the same kind of feel as this book but possibly has more text and certainly has no flaps so is better from two and a half). This book should also last the test of time. It still amuses my daughter who at 7 is really too old, and she also likes to do the maths, adding up the prices of the various animals for sale up to reach 1.
In sum, totally charming.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never get sick of it 1 Dec 2007
My son has had this book for a year and we still enjoy it. I'm now buying it for my God-daughter. It's one of those gems of a children's book which wont make you groan when your child asks you to read it again and again and AGAIN! (in the same league as Night Monkey Day Monkey & The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inkpen masterpiece ! 30 Oct 2001
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My little boy (aged 4) has had this book for two years and still loves it. It is a wonderful book; it has laughs, pathos, numbers to learn and lots more besides. A must have for your collection!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny and beautiful 23 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Although every Mick Inkpen book is so distinctly and wonderfully "Mick Inkpen", each one has something new and unique about it. I read The Great Pet Sale over and over again to my boy because it makes me laugh. Apart from being beautiful like all Inkpens, it is funny in a new and different way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully illustrated wry happy ending 7 Dec 2000
By A Customer
I just loved this book, my daughter Tess (age5) really enjoyed the character of the little rat. He was so endearing and funny, you can't help but love him. The lift-up flap format really added to the enjoyment of the story, and even though I thought it was a tad babyish for Tess, she couldn't wait to lift the flaps. You will find yourself smiling all the way through this book..the ridiculous prices of the animals, rats' description of them, and of course the beautiful illustrations. It will leave your child feeling warm inside and believing in happy endings....now that must be worth something, surely.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent if you child is learning numbers 8 Oct 1999
By A Customer
Full of the usual Mick Inkpen excellent illustrations. A fun way to learn numbers for your child, especially if they like animals. Recommended, but not as good as Billy's Beetle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story to introduce numeracy 22 July 2012
By Amy7
I am a primary school teacher and i have used this book on many occasions to introduce the value of money and also basic addition problems. It is a wonderful story to also read for enjoyment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 28 Mar 2014
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This is not just a great story as it has so many possible areas of development for children to learn about. Love it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely tale, we love the rat!
A boy visits the pet shop with his money.. What animal will he choose?

It includes lots of animal names, money and answer story about a rat desperate to be taken... Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. J. Noyes
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Pet Sale was an excellent buy.
The children at the nursery I work at love the Great Pet Sale. I have also gained much pleasure reading it as I have many pets of my own.
Published 2 months ago by susan hines
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Yet another beautifully written childs book from Mick Inkpen. He never fails to write lovely stories that captivate children. Highly recommend.
Published 3 months ago by P. Kinsella
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Book
Perfect for my year 1 class when teaching money, so many activities and questions you can do and ask. Would definitely recommend this for other teachers.
Published 8 months ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill
This book arrived in good time, well packaged and in excellent condition. My 5yrs old granddaughter loves to read & as she has many Mike Inkpen books in her collection I thought 1... Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. Fellows
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book
A lovely story. Contains money references which is a nice talking point with children. Also can lead on to other activities
Published 10 months ago by Ms E A Pendleton
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I initially loaned this book from the library and after renewing it for the umpteenth time, realised that I had to buy it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by C. Parr
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I am a teacher and I used this with my class to teach them about money an adding amounts. They loved it!!
Published 13 months ago by Curly sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
Another favourite! Some very funny parts that always make my kids giggle and roll around with laughter. A unique book that has a lovely ending.
Published 14 months ago by Ghulshan Karagul
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for all the family
We loved this book we got from the library we had to buy our youngest a copy for christmas.

All my daughters (7.5 and 3) love it and happily do the rat's voice. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sarah Gray
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