Children’s Book Review: Review: The Ultimate Pet Handbook

Stand back and clap. Right now. This book is an absolute corker for children looking to bring a pet into their lives, and parents who will be supportive of those children looking to bring a pet into their lives.

Life is better with pets.

Author Ben Dessen is a long-time aficionado of all things furry, feathered, fluffy, and original. He has had more pets than most and began his pet-loving journey at the tender age of six, when he was given a small snake as a gift.

TV vet Dr. Harry thinks Ben is the bees knee, and this wonderful book lets us see why.

Speaking directly to teens in clear, direct, and simple language with fun facts, checklists, and special tips, she takes teens and adults alike on a journey through all the pets you can imagine (and some you definitely wouldn’t! ). It outlines the pros and cons of owning different creatures and helps you identify the best pet for your particular circumstances.

There is something for everyone. Ben will help you find a pet for a small space, a pet that doesn’t need to be walked every day, a pet that doesn’t eat a lot, a pet that loves you unconditionally, a pet you wouldn’t even think of…and the best. After all, there’s the Pet Pledge and Pet Dictionary so if you ever get lost or a bit confused, just turn to the back of the book for clarity.

The definitive manual for pets advocates responsible pet ownership, kindness, and care to provide our pet friends with safe, healthy, and happy lives. With a section on ‘convincing the grown-ups’, it encourages youngsters to not only think about the pet’s lifespan and suitable living conditions, but also to budget and plan for vacations and those unexpected moments.

This book is a gem, whether it’s a parakeet, blue-tongued lizard, horse, kitten, or stick insect you’re thinking of bringing into your family.

I suggest you run, not walk, to get a copy for the pet-loving kid in your life!

Title: The definitive manual for pets
Author: ben dessen
Illustrator: nikkita archer
Editor: New Holland, $29.99
Publication date: September 2022
Format: Pocket book
ISBN: 9781760792114
By ages: 4+
Write: Activity book

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