Not That Pet!

By Smriti Halls

Illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

It's time to get a pet! Will Mabel find the perfect one for her family?

Hooray! Mabel and her family are getting a pet! There's no time to lose! But which kind of animal should they choose? Not the snake – it's too scary. The elephant's too big. The worms are too wriggly and the hyena too giggly. Then Mabel has the perfect idea. But will her family agree? A laugh-out-loud rhyming story about finding the perfect pet – with plenty of hilarious twists along the way.

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 3+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781529504408
  • Published: 03 Mar 2022
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 270 x 250 mm
  • Pages: 32

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Customer reviews


'Smriti Halls and Rosalind Beardshaw combines a rollicking quest for the ideal animal companion with a feast of visual and verbal jokes and a delightful mixed family – sari-clad Grandma batting away rogue worms is a highlight.' The Guardian

'Colourful, engaging, funny and oh so wonderful, NOT THAT PET! is a vibrant celebration of one girl's quest to pick her family the perfect pet. Made to be shared aloud again and again.' Kiran Millwood Hargrave

'Such a cracker! A winning story which will keep readers guessing and giggling, paired with warm, utterly gorgeous illustrations of family life thrown into mild chaos! This has all the hallmarks of becoming a real bedtime favourite.' Nadia Shireen, Author of Billy and the Beast

'A fun, entertaining story about a girl who longs for a pet but her family object to each pet she has delivered, until the perfect one arrives. The story and illustrations work together beautifully.' Malorie Blackman & Frank Cottrell-Boyce

' fabulous rhyming story, dull of adorable animals and the warmth of family life ' The Bookseller

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