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Do You Love Pets?

Authored by Matt Robertson
Illustrated by Matt Robertson
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

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Do You Love Pets? is a delightful and educational children’s book that takes readers on a global adventure through the fascinating world of pets.

Authored with an engaging narrative style, the book is filled with fun facts, superstitions and tales connected to a diverse array of pets. The book is organised into sections that cover various types of animals, including birds, reptiles, and traditional pets like dogs and cats. Each section not only introduces readers to these animals but also weaves in details drawn from history, as well as the more modern ‘famous pets’. It provides an array of contexts that enhances the educational value of the book. Additionally, it includes stories which highlight extraordinary feats, such as assistance dogs, or other animals known for their unique contributions to human society. This aspect could inspire as well as inform, showing children the valuable bonds that can form between humans and animals.

At the end of the book, readers are encouraged to think about what their perfect pet might be. This interactive prompt not only stimulates imagination and personal reflection but also reinforces the notion that there is not one just one type of perfect pet. It’s a good way to engage children in thinking about responsibility and the qualities that make a pet a good match for them. The illustrations are playful and capture the joy that creatures can bring.

Its blend of facts and real-life stories makes it a versatile read that would certainly appeal to curious young readers. Do You Love Pets? could be used as a part of an ‘all about me’ topic, or used to look at variation in animals within science. It is an easily accessible read, with diverse representation. It would be very popular in a book corner or during a shared class read. It appeals to a wide range of ages from 5-9 years.