Reading in the Rain: Books for Kids -- Pets

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have an elephant for a pet? How about a rhinoceros or an alligator? Find out by reading one of this week’s book recommendation, all of which center on unusual pets. Silly and at times ridiculous, these books will keep kids (and adults) guessing and laughing. Currently, King County Library System (KCLS) has copies of these books in their catalog.


Extraordinary Pets by Barroux

Blue Apple Books, 978-1609050115


Everyone knows that cats and dogs, birds and fish are great pets, but what if you could have a “one-of-a-kind, unique as can be, fantastic superb, EXTRAORDINARY” pet? The kids in this book imagine the benefits of having a trumpeting elephant instead of a quiet cat, a snake that slithers instead of a dog that merely walks, or a chomping alligator instead of a chirping bird. Traditional pets may be cute and cuddly, but in this book extraordinary pets triumph.


My Cat, The Silliest Cat in the World by Gilles Bachelet

Harry N. Abrams, 978-0810949133


Open this book to see Gilles Bachelet’s cat, the silliest cat in the world. He might look like an elephant, but he likes to sleep all day, chase balls of yarn and keep fastidiously clean. Cats like to do all of those things, right?



Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros? by Shel Silverstein

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 978-0689851131


Are you looking for something new when it comes to pets? Done with goldfish, dogs, and cats? Well, how about a rhinoceros? Not only is he cheap, but he’s so helpful around the house! Best of all, he’s easy to love. Much like a classic boy-and-his-dog story, the friendship between boy and rhinoceros is what makes this book special.