Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Animals Home Alone

Animals Home Alone

Spring 2011 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Loes Riphagen
ISBN: 978-193473455-1
Hardcover Price: $15.95

What exactly do house pets do all day when their people are off to work and school? This entertaining and almost wordless picture book attempts to answer that age-old question. Each two-page spread shows the same downstairs scene, but clever readers will be able to spot the mischief the cast of characters engineer. As soon as they are left alone, dogs try on shoes, pigs pop out of storybooks, and someone is making a mess. What sets this book apart from other similar types of stories is the series of interactive questions at the end, designed to help children try to notice and remember small details. This is a silly and fun picture book for young children.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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