cover image Some Pets

Some Pets

Angela DiTerlizzi, illus. by Brendan Wenzel. Beach Lane, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4814-4402-6

Using the setting of a pet show (a pretty raucous one), DiTerlizzi and Wenzel highlight the traits that make pets so great in this companion to 2014’s Some Bugs. “Some pets slither./ Some pets bound./ Some pets scurry round and round,” writes DiTerlizzi as Wenzel’s vivid mixed-media artwork shows a striped snake navigating an obstacle course, a rabbit bounding over hurdles, and a hamster giving it all he’s got on a wheel. Bouncy verse, playful illustrated details, and abundant affection between animals and humans add up to an exuberant reminder of the joy that having a pet can bring. Ages 4–8. Author’s agency: Gotham Group. Illustrator’s agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Aug.)