We Want a Pet!

We Want a Pet!

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"We want a pet! We want a pet!" chant the kids.
"No! We will not let you have a pet. We are dead set against a pet!" say the parents.
And so the battle lines are drawn -- can the kids convince the parents?

As they lie in the grass watching bugs and beetles, watching little legs and eyes,
watching ladybirds, spiders and flies, suddenly they realise these will be their pets!!

Complete mayhem follows as the kids bring their gross, slimy, leggy, hairy 'pets' inside . . .


  • There is so much potential to have fun here with the words, rhythm and rhyme, and as such this is an ideal story to read aloud. The animated illustrations are a joy; colourful and bold with some wonderfully vivid expressions on the faces of parents, children and wannabe pets.
    Elaine Chant, Carousel

About the authors

Richard Hamilton

Richard Hamilton has written picture book texts for Bloomsbury and Orchard and writes young fiction for Bloomsbury in collaboration with the illustrator Sam Hearn; the most recently published of these being JACK BOLT AND THE HIGHWAYMEN'S HIDEOUT. He has lots of ideas for picture books and fiction. His day job is at the BBC abridging books for radio.
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Lindsey Gardiner (Illustrator)

Lindsey Gardiner was a finalist in the 2007 Richard and Judy Children's Book Awards for her illustrations in Poppy and Max and the Fashion Show. She completed her degree in Printed Textiles at Dundee University, and went on to do an MA at Winchester School of Art. She wrote her first book, Here Come Poppy and Max, whilst still at college. Lindsey is the author of a number of picture books for Random House, including Mile High Apple Pie and Dan and Diesel and is the illustrator of We Want a Pet!.
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