by Susan NeesScholastic Inc. (May 28, 2013)
review ARC provided by Cover to Cover Children's Books
First, she had to get ready. She made a sign that said welcome pets! Then she packed her lunch and she needed Pink, her cat to look her best and so she brushed Pink. But after all that hard work, she saved her best for last. She had to ask her mom if she was even allowed to bring home a class pet. And of course her mom said NO. They would be noisy and messy. And smelly. What if they were to get lost? Missy asked again sweetly, then loudly and even on her head! But the answer was the same. No.
Then right before Missy headed to her bus stop, she asked one more time. Missy said it would only be a few days and they are so cute and cuddly and she promised to take very good care of them. So her mother thought for a few seconds and her answer was… YES! IF Missy eats her veggies, combs her hair, and make her bed. And so Missy promised to do all those things. Then she went to school.
At school everyone was happy for Missy. Until Tiffany came along and said that she was going to get a class pet too and that was going to be Eenie-Meenie, Miney, and Moe. But Missy wanted Eenie-Meenie, Miney, and Moe. But Tiffany can pick first because she is new. So Missy has to make a plan so that noodle head does not take Eenie, Meenie, Miney, and Moe. So in library, Missy started annoying Oscar, a class mate, until he started to read about pets. That’s when she had an idea! She could tell Tiffany that they are disgusting and smelly and dirty and worst of all, they could get lost! Then Tiffany would not want them. At recess, Missy told her that they are bad, smelly, and they could get lost. But that noodle head still would not budge.
So at the end of the day Tiffany picked Eenie-Meenie, Miney, and Moe, and Missy got the gold fish. Then Missy gave Tiffany some rat food and that’s when Tiffany freaked. She thought that Eenie-Meenie, Miney, and Moe were gerbils and not rats! She threw them and ran. Thankfully Missy caught the rats and so she got to take them home. -- R