Did your mom ever tell you that you couldn’t have a pet? For me, it was a puppy. No matter how many times I asked, the answer was always no. Author Ann Hodgman decided that when she grew up, she would have as many pets as she wanted. She would be the kind of mom that always said yes to pets. At the time she wrote The House of a Million Pets, she had owned, rescued, or looked after cats, dogs, bunnies, hamsters, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, fish, prairie dogs, pygmy mice, rats, a sugar glider, a snapping turtle, a bat, a frog, an owl, ducklings, moths, and all kinds of birds. By reading this book, you will learn all sorts of useful facts such as sugar glider pee smells like Froot Loops, prairie dogs like to eat grapes, ducklings do not make good indoor pets, and a bathtub makes a good pond for a snapping turtle. And most importantly, you should be able to convince your mom to get you a puppy because at least you aren’t asking for a wallaby like Ann Hodgman, the crazy pet lady. This book is a must-read for animal lovers everywhere!
Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head