Children's books are all the same aren't they? There are only so many stories that you can tell about getting lost or making sure you go to the toilet in the right place. However, time after time authors and illustrators come up with new ways to entertain the adults reading the books as well as the kids listening. `Wanted: The Perfect Pet' covers two perennial child-friendly topics in friendship and pets. Henry, a young boy, really wants a pet dog, whilst a lonely duck really want a friend. What better way to make a friend than dress up and pretend to be a dog?
`Wanted' is a brilliantly subversive book that is generic child fiction on the surface, but adds a splash of Dr Seuss-esque surrealism into the story to make it far more entertaining. Illustration wise, the book looks nice and the wording is clean. There is plenty of simple language for the youngest to read, but also some illustrations containing more text for older children. There are loads of fun little `Easter Eggs' to find throughout the story as Fiona Roberton has great fun with the images to a simple story.
There is a touch of melancholy to `Wanted' that is very effecting, but matters are resolved in a way that is both satisfying and won't upset anyone. There is a clear indication that there are future adventures for Henry and Spot to have together - I for one will look out for them. `Wanted: The Perfect Pet' was a joy to read.
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