Best Pet of All

The Best Pet of All
by David LaRochelle
illustrated by Hanako Wakiyama
Dutton Books, 2004
Ages 4 to 8
ISBN 0-525-47129-4

When a boy’s mother won’t let him have a dog for a pet, he asks if he can have a dragon instead. Enter the coolest, but naughtiest, pet ever. This dragon is messier and louder than any dog, and he will not leave. Only a clever plan on the part of the boy can bring about a happy ending for everyone.

Teachers and librarians! Give your students the chance to become stars with this easy-to-read Reader's Theatre script of The Best Pet of All, adapted by master media specialist Julie Reimer. No costumes or sets necessary!

Awards

Second grade artist Simon shows off his award-winning creation for his school's "Literary Pumpkins" contest.

Booksense Top Ten Children’s Books – Autumn 2004
Child Magazine 2004 Best Books
2005 Minnesota Book Award
2006 New Hampshire Ladybug Picture Book Award nominee
2006-07 California Young Reader Medal nominee
2007 St. Paul Reads Book Club selection
2009-2010 Belgium Children's Jury Award nominee

Book Reviews

“A fresh, fun frolic.”

“A happy wag of the kid-wants-dog tale, with guaranteed giggles.”

Lucky me! Actress Reese Witherspoon chose The Best Pet of All to read out loud during the Easter Egg Roll at The White House!
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