Hieronymus Betts and his Unusual Pets

Hieronymus Betts does have unusual pets, including Gobbler the sabre-toothed rhino toad, Cuddles the porcupython and Oojamaflip the whatchamacallit. But no matter how greedy, scary or strange his pets are, Heironymus knows somebody even greedier, even scarier and even stranger...his little brother!

Jack & Colin both love this book! Out of all of the books in the house, they have chosen this as their bedtime story three nights this week. Their absolute favorite page is the one in which the little brother is being compared to the "fierce grizzly hare" and is biting the back of the big brother's pants. This just cracks the kids up!

The illustrations in the book are bright & engaging.  Some of the creatures are a bit fierce-looking, but didn't seem to bother Colin at all.  The writing is also engaging---and a bit suspenseful for the little ones.

The only difficulty I came across was pronouncing some of the creature names, but no biggie, I made it up. That's the great thing about reading to kids that can't read yet - they don't criticize your pronunciation!

We will miss this book when it gets returned to the library next week!

The recommended ages (on Amazon) is 4-8 years, but it easily held the attention of my two year old.

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