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Paperback | 40 Pages

Includes 7 Pages of Literacy Activities

How to Pick a Pet

How to Pick a Pet

By: Brooke Vitale — autograph available

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Join in the fun of a trip to the pet store in this Level 1 Early Reader featuring seven pages of bonus literacy activities sure to grow your child's confidence and jumpstart their enthusiasm for reading.

Today is Tom’s big day: the day he gets to pick a pet of his very own. But as Tom looks around the pet store, he begins to worry: what if he can’t find the right pet? Join in the adventure as Tom meets a bird that’s too loud, a cat that makes him too sneezy, a snake that’s too squeezy, and a dog that’s WAY too big. With so many wrong animals, can Tom ever find his right one?

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6 x 9 images

Printed in the United States

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Dedicated to Literacy

10% of net profits donated to literacy initiatives

F&P Level I

This book has been officially leveled by using the F&P Text Level Gradient™ Leveling System.

Free literacy activities available

Free downloadable reading activities on our website, Charge Mommy Books.

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  • Simple, repetitive language

    Simple, repetitive language encourages word recognition and ease of reading in emergent readers.

  • Humor

    Kids will delight in the silly reasons that each new pet isn't quite right, from a snake that's too squeezy to a cat that makes Tom too sneezy!

  • Animals galore

    Kids love pet stores and exploring all the animals in them. This level 1 early reader is filled with kids' favorites: birds, cats, snakes, dogs, and even a mouse!

  • Opposites

    Learning about opposites teaches children to compare two things. It encourages them to look at what is the same and what is different, and to understand what specifically it is that MAKES an item different.

  • Identifying Text

    Being able to sound out a word and match it with a picture is an essential part of reading. Similar word options require children to truly decode text, rather than just guess.

  • Decoding Text

    Decoding text is an important part of reading comprehension. That means asking a child to read a sentence without any visual cues and then asking them what it said or what it meant.

About the Author

Brooke Vitale is a children's book editor, author, and proud founder of Charge Mommy Books. Over the course of her 15+ years at top New York publishers, Brooke Vitale has edited thousands of books, including best-selling titles Hide-and-Hug Olaf and Olaf’s Night Before Christmas. Today, Brooke works as a freelance children’s book editor and runs, a website dedicated to helping aspiring authors navigate the publishing and self-publishing industry. Since beginning her freelance career, Brooke has helped more than 1,000 authors achieve their dream of publishing a book.

But Brooke is also a prolific writer in her own right. She has worked with top children’s book publishers including Penguin Random House, Scholastic, HarperCollins, and Disney Book Group to publish more than a hundred books, including The Magic Is in You, The Mandalorian: A Clan of Two, Goonies: An Illustrated Classic. All told, Brooke’s books have sold over 500,000 copies and climbing.

Brooke lives in Connecticut. When she is not writing or editing she can be found playing Charge Mommy in the backyard with her two young sons.

About the Illustrator

Rimma Mukhamadieva is a professional illustrator. She has been drawing since childhood, but only entered the professional world of drawing six years ago. She specializes in drawing animals and cute illustrations.

Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Lisa Suarez
Perfect for pet lovers

My son loves going to the pet store. The story was fun and a good beginning reader. He really loves the reading activities at the back of all of these books. Highly recommend all of them.

A Fun Read!

When I was little going to the pet store was one of my most favorite things to do. These days I take my kids and it's one of their favorite places to go. We have a total of six animals, and we're always searching for a new addition to the family, but there are many factors to consider. This book takes you on a walk through a pet store with a boy named Tom. His mom tells him, "Anything, but a rat." He checks out a variety of different animals, but none seem to be the perfect pet for him. In the end he does find a pet. Want to know what he chose? Lol... Read the book! Educational pages at the end of the book. Really enjoyed this cute little story. Nice job!

good activities at the end

The kids loved the pictures and story and I liked the activities to learn at the end of the book

Simple and easy to read story

This is a simple and easy to read story. It’s great for those learning to read. Short simple sentences. I like the consistency in the story line - look down and aisle, see a group of animals, description, meeting one of them, and then deciding on the pet. I also like the activities in the end.

Book Lover

How to Pick a Pet by Brooke Vitale is a perfect Level 1 book for early readers. What child doesn’t dream of picking out a pet? The author does a great job of combining the readable text with an engaging storyline. I really thought the boy would choose the cat since he had a cat on his t-shirt. Then I really thought he would pick the dog when the dog rolled over for a tummy rub. The story kept me guessing! I love the bit of humor thrown in at the end when the child selects the very pet his mom did not want! Isn’t that how it goes? I think kids will love to read this book on their own and with a parent. The literacy activities that are included are an extra bonus. Another winner from this seasoned author who really understands literacy!