Kids who don't have pets at home looooong for one. Trust me, I know when I'm walking my little Pomeranian, half the neighborhood kids want to take her home. Shedding some humor on the subject is the new children's book, Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin that debuts today. When little Charlotte longs for a pet, her parents give her a...ROCK! She makes the best out of her situation and does what any normal girl does with her pet. From training it to walking it, Charlotte doesn't give up on giving her pet rock all the love and attention she craves in a real living pet. She even names it Dennis. The story is super sweet and funny enough, but of course there's more. The surprise ending is even more hilarious and all the more sweeter!
I also found myself so enamored with Samantha Cotterill's illustrations. I love her 60's illustration style and how she showcased her background as a textile designer in this book. From plaids to knits, I love how the clothing, wallpaper and accessories just jump out at you. The beautiful textures just add to the overall narrative. This will be a bedtime book that will be on serious rotation in any household!
Here are some interior pages and the book trailer video:
If your kids wants to make their own "Dennis", here's a tutorial on how to make a pet rock by Sherri Osborn on The Spruce.
Review book provided by Penguin Books for Kids