cover image Ten Kids, No Pets

Ten Kids, No Pets

Ann Matthews Martin. Holiday House, $15.95 (174pp) ISBN 978-0-8234-0691-3

The unusual Rosso family moves from New York City to the country, and each of the 10 children adapts to the change differently. They are individuals, but they have one thing in commoneach wants a pet. How the family members interact with one another, how they adjust to the country, and how a pet becomes an inevitable addition to their home are the facets of this light, enjoyable book. At times there is too much telling and not enough showing of character traits, but the family as a whole is multidimensional and credible. The moods that accompany the seasons enable readers to share in the excitement, energy and caring that fills the Rosso home. Ages 8-12. (April)