Today’s author featured on the Picture Book Month calendar is Kelly DiPucchio. I’m trying to keep pace with the calendar and blog about either the person or the theme featured each day of this month on the calendar.

Title: Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet
Author: Kelly DiPucchio
Illustrator: Bob Shea
ISBN: 978080373394
Pages: unpaged
Publisher/Date: Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, c2011.

Just as the title proclaims, Gilbert Goldfish desperately wants a pet. After being subject to several trial pets in the form of a dog, a mouse, and a fly, readers glimpse the shadow of the next option, a shadow with pointy ears, a round head and whiskers. What could it possibly be? Definitely not what you think. Oh what a delightful twist to the ending of this book! You know the author, Kelly Dipucchio, has got to have something up her sleeve. Her resume includes co-writing The Sandwich Swap with Queen Rania. And she’s from Michigan (my home state!)

Having had exposure with Bob Shea’s brightly hued drawings in New Socks, I love his drawings for this book. Gilbert’s eyes are so wide, they could definitely stand in for Little Red Riding Hood’s line “What big eyes you have!” The expressive face shows the initial boredom, the joy as each prospective pet is introduced, and the following disappointment when things don’t work out as expected. His horrified face in one case is classic. It elaborates on the text very well, as readers witness the ups and downs of being a pet owner, and they will certainly cheer when Gilbert finds the perfect pet.

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