Written by Tammi Sauer
Illustrated by Bob Shea
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books March 2012
Themes: Pets, HumorMe read. Me love. Me speechless. Me kidding. Me never speechless. Me thank Elizabeth. Me awed by Tammi. Me recommend you read. Synopsis: (from Barnes and Noble) Cave Boy wants a pet more than anything. Can he find one that the whole family will agree on? Cave Boy has lots of things. Rocks. Sticks. A club. But no pet! Cave Boy decides he must have a pet, but his parents object. He brings home animal after animal in hopes of overcoming his parents’ steadfast resistance, but his attempts are unsuccessful—until he finds a Dodo bird that is literally on the verge of extinction. And in a twist ending on a classic concept, Cave Boy and his family discover it’s worthwhile to have animal friends around. With snappy text that is short, fun, and young, Me Want Pet! makes for an ideal read-aloud for the milk-and-cookies set. Opening Lines: “Cave Boy had lot of things. Rocks. Sticks. A club. But no pet. “Me sad,” said Cave Boy. “Want pet.” Cave Boy went to find one. He searched near and far until…a woolly mammoth! Cave Boy rode Woolly home.” Resources: Since this book is just out, I didn’t find resources. But I have ideas.
Use brown lunch sacks and have students draw their cave-person self on the outside. Then do one of the activities below.
- Have them draw 3 cave pets they would like to have and put them inside the bag. As they pull them out they can share about the pets they drew with parents, siblings, group, or classmates.
- If you do this with a group of children, have them draw Woolly, Toothy, or Dodo and put it in their bag. As they reveal which pet they chose to draw, use tally marks to count how many children drew each of the pets. Then make up some word problems with the results. For example: If Cave Boy had 7 Woollies, 4 Toothies, and 9 Dodos, how many pets would that be? If they only allowed 5 pets per cave, how many caves would they need for all of the pets to have a home?
- Alas, I have no lunch sacks to try this…but I found this activity HERE for a hibernating bear which could easily be used for a Me Want Pet! activity. It would be extra cute to glue Cave Boy and a pet or two on the cave and lay sticks and rocks inside and around the cave.
Have children do their own cave drawings on a piece of brown paper. If it is for a classroom of students, it would be cute to have them draw on a large piece of butcher paper with black crayon and create a host of pets they would like to have if they lived in a cave.
This would be a fun activity, also. Tara Lazar had a contest on her blog a while back. She asked that kids draw Cave Boy and a new pet. The contest is over, but HERE is a link to her original post with a couple of drawings on it…and then HERE is a link to the winning drawing and a few more.
Why I Like This Book: Well…the Cave Boy language! Me hooked. Me texting cave-talk since read book…me predict filter into all areas communication! You get the idea! If the language had that effect on me, think about the fun kids will have with it. The illustrations! They are so perfectly cavish that I wonder if Bob Shea lives in a cave. If not, how did he get it so right 🙂 And the most important reason I liked the book…the story. Tammi Sauer has nailed (or clubbed) it once again. She took the familiar theme of a child wanting a pet and told it in a fresh way that is humorous and endearing. I looked forward to each page turn. The text and pictures made me fall in love with each animal Cave Boy brought home in hopes that he could keep it for a pet. I was sad right along with him when his parents said, “No can stay.” I found myself rooting for him to find a pet that would meet his parent’s approval. In true Tammi Sauer style, Cave Boy solves his problem with an ending that had me saying, “Me love book! Me read again!”
Susanna Leonard Hill features Perfect Picture Book Friday on her blog. This is a wonderful resource if you are wondering what books to give as gifts, needing material for a lesson, and mainly just perfect for those who love to read picture books. Here is a list of books by category. This is very handy for finding books for lessons in the classroom, or for finding books on a particular topic to discuss with your children at home. Each book listed has a link to a review and information about that book. There is also an alphabetical list if you scroll down past the category list.