Animals Home Alone by Loes Riphagen

animals-home-aloneCindy: Thing 1 and Thing 2 have nothing on the critters in Animals Home Alone (Seven Footer Kids 2011)! As soon as the owners are out of the door, this houseful of pets and other non-human residents get busy having fun. Most of the action is wordless as mini dramas unfold throughout the book. The fish finds many interesting places to stay wet, the cat is using the phone, the dog is lacing up purple tennies, and the bird has escaped his cage. But careful “readers” will see pig emerge from the pages of a book and bear from a picture frame. On every page there are four fanged flying insects and three mischievous cockroaches to keep tabs on in addition to all of the other nonsense going on. Unlike in The Cat in the Hat, not everything returns to status quo before the humans arrive home. Hmmmm….I wonder what my daughter’s bunny is up to right now?

Lynn: Our focus group gave this fun book 2 enthusiastic thumbs up.  They are especially fond of books that have clues, paths to follow and embedded funny details – which pretty much describes this book.  The googly-eyed cast of characters is introduced on the inside cover and the stage is set for fun.  The boys loved finding the many antics on each page and spotting each unfolding catastrophe.  Think jammy footprints and disappearing shoes and what are Buzz, Flap, Flit and Chew anyway?  A fun series of questions at the end take readers right back into the story to pinpoint more zaniness.  Start out with this as a lap book and then watch kids pick it up again and again independently.  How DID Arnold, Sylvester and Bruce end up in the sewer??

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Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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  1. lanelifebarbie2@yahoo.com' rokel says:

    well it might have been a good book to read i will take a day off to go find it i think others will like this book no dought

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