Melissa's Octopus and Other Unsuitable Pets

Melissa's Octopus and Other Unsuitable Pets

by Charlotte Voake


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Melissa, Thomas, Betty, and Arthur have one thing in common: extremely unsuitable pets! An exuberant book packed with visual humor.

There are certain animals that make suitable pets, like a cat, a dog, or a guinea pig. Then there are others that make, well, unusual pets, like an octopus, a warthog, or an elephant. They’re too large, too messy, and maybe a tad too free-spirited with a tendency to break things like tables, floors, and even ceilings. But can you guess what makes the most unsuitable pet ever?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763674816
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 04/23/2015
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 766,879
Product dimensions: 10.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Charlotte Voake is the author-illustrator of many picture books, including the acclaimed Ginger. She lives in Surrey, England.

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Melissa's Octopus and Other Unsuitable Pets 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
isniffbooks More than 1 year ago
Melissa’s Octopus and Other Unsuitable Pets introduces us to Melissa, her friends, and all their unsuitable pets. I suppose cats, dogs, and goldfish have gone out of style and children desire more eccentric pets nowadays! The warthog is my most favorite unsuitable pet — he happens to get two double-page spreads (some children and their animals get just one). In the first double-page spread, we see Arthur taking his warthog for a walk — the illustration extends over both pages. The text reads: “This is Arthur’s warthog. Isn’t he a beautiful animal!” The second double-page spread shows the warthog misbehaving by standing on furniture to reach (and eat!) some flowers. The text reads: “But a warthog is not a great pet. A warthog does exactly what it wants.” It looks like the warthog has been caught misbehaving mid-crunch — but I bet his good looks keep him out of trouble! I LOVE Charlotte Voake’s illustrations. The pen lines are so loose and relaxed — they look effortless. And the color palette for the watercolors is just so lovely — I love the subtle color differentiation. Charlotte Voake’s art has a timeless feel and a je ne sais quoi happy spirit to it. Melissa’s Octopus and Other Unsuitable Pets is more of a “catalog” of children and their unsuitable pets rather than a traditional tale with a story arc. However, I found the book utterly charming and there is a fun twist at the end that I didn’t see coming! Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are my own.