Rather than tell you the whole darn story like I often end up doing here, I'm going to give you the bare bones and let you enjoy the marvelous illustrations that Bob Shea came up with for this great book. And let me tell you - I had always suspected that writing a brilliant picture book was an extremely difficult endeavor, but after attending this conference and a few talks about the art and craft of the picture book, I KNOW that it is remarkably difficult and I appreciate what Tammi Sauer and her peers do even more!
ME WANT PET! begins, Cave Boy had lots of things. Rocks. Sticks. A club. But no pet. "Me sad," said Cave Boy. "Want Pet." Cave Boy brings home a series of pets, but someone in the family always has an issue with the animal (allergies, size, bathroom habits.) When Cave Boy thinks he has found just the right pet (a Dodo - how cool is that??) he is foiled again, that is, until his cast-off pets save him from a stampede and the whole family cheers, "Phew-ga!" The littlest listeners will especially love this book, with its caveman talk and crazy pets and great illustrations by Shea.