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My Favorite Pets by Jeanne Birdsall and illustrated by Harry Bliss

Birdsall, author of the beloved Penderwicks series of chapter books, has written a hilarious picture book. The book is presented as a report by Gus handed in to his teacher on the topic of his favorite pet. Gus lives on a farm with his family and he writes that his favorite pet is sheep, particularly the 17 sheep that live on the farm with him. The report consists of Gus’s observations about his sheep (they won’t ride a skateboard, you will get in trouble if you try to give your little brother a ride on a sheep’s back, they will eat your rug, thinking it is grass, etc.) and his parents’ reactions to his hijinks, all told in a deadpan voice that makes it even funnier, with ink and watercolor illustrations detailing the havoc.

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