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THE PET WAR is a hilarious story about the timeless battles of dog vs. cat, brother vs. sister, know-it-all vs. know-nothing.Eleven-year-old Otto wants a dog. His twelve-year-old perfect sister, Lexi, wants a cat. Their mother, who works very long hours as a nurse, wants neither. Pets are expensive so who's going to pay for everything? And what happens to the pet when theTHE PET WAR is a hilarious story about the timeless battles of dog vs. cat, brother vs. sister, know-it-all vs. know-nothing.Eleven-year-old Otto wants a dog. His twelve-year-old perfect sister, Lexi, wants a cat. Their mother, who works very long hours as a nurse, wants neither. Pets are expensive so who's going to pay for everything? And what happens to the pet when the siblings are at their dad's for the weekend? Otto has an idea. What if he got a job and earned enough money to pay for the dog? Then Lexi has to open her big mouth. She proposes that whichever sibling can raise enough money first will decide which pet they get. Oddly enough, their mom and dad agree. With Otto and Lexi each out to defeat the other, their business plans become more elaborate and involved. As the competition gets fiercer, the stakes get higher, and the battle lines have been drawn, so let the Pet War begin. . . ....

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ISBN : 9780545513197
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Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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The Pet War Reviews

  • Sandy
    2019-04-08 02:21

    I know this book was written for children but I really didn't like it at all! The main character is unbelievably stupid and it was frustrating to slog through. I finished it only because it somehow made its way to Florida Sunshine State Readers list. I thought Scholastic had higher standards than this. Kids simply do not behave the way these characters are written: none of them. Malcolm is way too mature. Otto and his sister are petty and ridiculous until the end when all of a sudden they are mature and forgiving. Dad seems like a loser and Mom seems way too oblivious. I mean she's starts the whole contest and then barely seems to notice when things go wildly awry. I haven't disliked a children's book this much since... never!

  • Samantha Zimmerman
    2019-03-31 00:27

    After his neighbors move away, Otto realizes his life isn’t complete without a dog. But it has to be a dog, no matter what his sister cannot convince their mom to get a cat. Lexi thinks dogs are gross, smelly and all around horrible creatures, that’s why cats are the best animals ever. Otto and Lexi fight and argue and finally they go to their mom to settle to score, what animal will it be? She decides to start a race, whoever can get the most amount of money toward their animal will be able to pick which animal the family gets. Otto realizes that he is going to have to work extra hard to beat his sister but he knows that he can do it. He begins walking dogs and starts making a lot of money, until one day one of the dogs gets hurt and he has to take it to the vet. Otto ends up paying for the medical bill and loses a fourth of his money that he had. At this point he is unable to win, but neither is Lexi! Otto decides to give Lexi the rest of his money and allow her to get the cat that she wanted. Because of this Otto’s dad buys him a dog because of how nice he was to his sister. I love this book and think that it would fit perfectly in a classroom! There are so many options teachers can do to get students to understand the main point that is going on. Sharing is something that is important but getting along and working together is especially important. Teacher can have student act out specific scenes, make storyboards, or write a paper on something that the student and their siblings don’t get along with. I think this book is perfect because there’s minimal if not no controversial themes or aspects to the book at all and the theme was though through and something that relates to students at this age. Woodrow, A. (2013). The pet war. New York, NY: Scholastic Press.

  • Frankie
    2019-04-17 04:34

    It is a great book. It shows the relationship of two great siblings having a war. This war is for a dog or cat of course the sister wants a cat and the brother wants a dog. This war also tests their a ability to be responsible and a good sport. Although being a good sport is very hard for the two so they have an all out war against each other. But in the end they make it up to each other. Also, the fact that their parents are broken up kind of makes the story a bit more interesting.

  • Janae
    2019-03-28 23:20

    Students laughed out loud as they enjoyed the predicaments of the main characters. The book is filled with realistic sibling rivalry and a storyline that every young pet owner would love.

  • Pop Bop
    2019-04-06 23:18

    Is It A Cliche If It's The First Time YOU've Read It?I liked this book, for reasons set out below. But first, here's a question. How does a brand new reader know when something is cliched? When you read your first book about a normal kid who, unbeknownst to him, is really half royal Faerie, do you know there are lots of those books around? How about the quest for the secret grimoire that the evil villain wants? Or the suspicion that your teacher is an alien? Or the telepathic pet? And so on.When I started this book I thought that pretty much every single character, plot line, best friend, and conversation was something I'd seen before. Then I got a grip and stopped being a snot. After all, every single landscape painting has trees, a stream and a cow - you can still look at more than one, though, because they're all composed and executed differently.Same thing here. We have the eternal brother/sister conflict, the dog/cat conflict, the unhelpful best friend, the unpredictable parents, the incomprehensible adults, and pretty much everything else that bedevils an eleven year old. But, it is all drawn together into a satisfying whole.Nothing is over the top. Our hero's narration is humorous and clever, with occasional mostly unintended insights that a young reader will pick up. The brother/sister conflict is real, but not psychotic. The idea of the pet war is a little cutesy, but it keeps the book moving forward and it's not obsessive. The failed attempts at money making are clever and realistic, not frantic/zany.The upshot is that the book is cheerful and amusing. It is written for and works for exactly the right target readership. It has a consistent and inviting tone. And, at the end the brother and sister have a heart to heart talk over the kitchen table that is actually one of the most touching and honest brother/sister conversations I've ever read in a kid's book. Eyes are opened and understandings are reached. It's really very well done and was the icing on the cake for me.So, this just strikes me as a very attractive early reader book that relies on a lot of the conventions of elementary and middle grade fiction, but it's a nice place to start.Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

  • Mia A.
    2019-04-18 23:13

    The Pet War by Allan Woodrow is outstanding! The book is about Otto the narrator who wants a dog and his sister Lexi who wants a cat. Their mom starts a competition to see who can raise $500 in one month faster is no one does they get no pet.I would definitely recommend this book to a friend in 5th-6th grade. I feel 7th graders may find this book too easy. Overall this book is amazing and I would read it again to pick up more details.

  • Michael
    2019-03-22 05:11

    Eleven year old Otto wants a dog but his sister Lexi wants a cat. The two could not be anymore different when it comes to preferences but they are convinced that their mom is going to hear their side of the story. While they each claim that one pet is better than the other, their mom wants them to work for it, considering the expense and responsibility of owning an animal. Otto does not think he has much of a chance earning money, the odds are not in his favor. For instance, Lexi is the smart one that makes straight A's in school, on the other hand, Otto barely tries at all at school. However he is determine to wipe the smirk of his sister face who teases him that she will prevail in the end.Only one month left to prove to their mother that their preferred animal is better. Bickering about they are going to disappoint each other in the process, their mother wants them to settle their differences and not treat this competition as something seriously. Lexi makes more happy as the days progress but loses friends in the process. In contrast to Otto who tries everything to make more money but things are constantly falling apart. Who would win this pet war in the end? Hilarious, light comedy about the love of pets.I enjoyed this novel, the target audience is probably middle school or below. However that does not take away the beauty of this novel, highly recommended for pet lovers.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-06 22:35

    A Sunshine State Young Readers Nomination, much to my disbelief. First of all, the cover of this book is deceiving. It appears as though the book is going to be about a dog and a cat at war. It is actually about a brother, Otto and his sister, Lexi. Otto wants a dog and Lexi wants a cat. Their mother decides to have a competition - whoever earns the most money in one month (the goal is $500) can choose the pet. The book is written from Otto's point of view. An annoying boy who blames everyone and everything else on his own mistakes. Mistakes that he continuously makes over and over and yet, over again. I didn't like this book. Otto is a whiny brat who is jealous of his sister and justifies all of his poor judgements with his extreme dislike of his sister, who deserves only the worst in life, according to him. Only at the end does Otto magically change his mind and performs a good deed. Wow, it only took 170 pages of incessant whining and finger pointing to do this.

  • Alison Olsen
    2019-04-16 01:30

    This is definitely for 2nd to 5th grade imaginations. Of course an adult can enjoy the competition between siblings. As an older sister of two wonderfully annoying sisters I can relate to the competition aspect. This story is about a brother and sister having a competition between each other where the winner will be able to choose what pet the family will be getting. A kid who reads this will enjoy the funny banter and witty satire between the two siblings. The reading was easy and comical. The cover was created specifically for the people who are animal lovers and who will enjoy a story that involves a happy story that wont rip your heart out if an animal dies. Luckily this story is much more suspenseful in the best way. Great read. I would read this to my sisters anytime.

  • Lisa B.
    2019-04-13 02:10

    The was a fun read. I read it as the same time as a young family member, and we enjoyed being able to share our different thoughts about the book. It was a different way for us to connect. We liked talking about Otto and the different ways he tried to earn money for getting a dog. We talked about the sibling rivalry that took place and how this relates to real life. Reading this book and sharing it was a great experience.My thanks to Scholastic, via Netgalley for allowing me to read this for an unbiased review.

  • Abby Stanwood
    2019-03-23 05:26

    This book is new and the bomb! It is a great story about a brother Otto who wants a dog and a sister Lexi who wants a cat. They both try to earn 500$ to get a dog or cat this is a war.

  • Mary BlakeMartfeld
    2019-04-08 02:11

    If you like books about rivalry and competition then the book, The Pet Wars by Allan Woodrow is a good book for you! In the story the protagonist, Otto, is trying to show responsibility and earn enough money for a dog. In the beginning of the story, Otto is desperate for a dog, but his sister, Lexi, on the other hand wants a kitten, so their mother comes up with the idea to have a competition between the two to see who could raise $500 before the end of the month. At the start Otto was struggling for ideas to earn money. He tried everything from grocery bag. caring for tips to selling apples, but sadly none of these ideas seemed to earn him any profit. While Otto was struggling to find ideas to earn money, Lexi was already busy earning money for tutoring kids at their school. After a while Otto came up with a great idea for earning money, and a job that would show his mom that he was going to be responsible. Dog walking. Toward the end of the story, the month was almost over and Otto was not very close to $500. He tried everything to earn enough money because dog walking just wasn’t earning him enough money. At this point Lexi was having kids over for tutoring every night. Otto had to do something to earn more money than Lexi, so he decided to walk more than one dog at once. Sadly, this idea was so successful and ended not getting paid by any of the owners. When the month came to end, neither of them had earned enough money for a pet. Otto started thinking that a cat would be better than no pet at all, so he gave the money that he earned to Lexi to get her kitten. But to his surprise, Otto’s Dad ended up getting him a dog, so that when he stayed with him he would have someone to keep him company. Overall I believe that the story line was a little boring. The first reason I think this is because in the book there would be some chapters where it would just be about him walking a dog and then bringing it home. Another reason I think that the book was boring is because there wasn’t much action that made me want to keep reading. For Example, there would be parts of the book where he would just play soccer and walk dogs and that’s it. The last reason I think that the book was a little boring is because it was very repetitive. For instance, almost every other paragraph talked about how he hated his sister.All in all, I believe that this book was good, but I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone over nine.

  • Meg
    2019-04-02 02:23

    Illinois author, Allan Woodrow, has written a series (Zachary Ruthless) and other books under a different name. He totally claims this amusing realistic fiction as a partial reflection about his own childhood. The main character, Otto, and his sister, Lexi, want pets. Mom says that they can only have one and suggests a contest where the first one who raises $500 in a month will be the winner. The winner gets the pet that he or she wants. Otto wants a dog and Lexi, a cat! They think up many jobs to help raise money for the desired pet. Otto is not as responsible as his sister and suffers many trials and tribulations with a number of jobs until he becomes a dog walker. Even then, the situations that he gets into create many "laugh out loud" problems! The solution to the war for the favored pet is very satisfying. The premise that an eleven and a twelve year old can earn money while going to school and participating in other extra-curricular activities does stretch the imagination! Yet young people, ages 8-11, would especially enjoy this story about growing up.

  • Aidan Kutches
    2019-03-22 22:06

    I liked this book because it was about two siblings have a war over what kind of pet they should get, and some of my favorite parts were when Otto would get mad and react to whenever he'd see a poster by Lexi, when he'd mess up a dog walk by not trusting his instincts, when he came up with weird ideas like sawing his friend in half, when the dogs at the dog party he had went crazy over Mr.Chatterbox (an annoying toy), when he'd play with Thumper, when him and Lexi would "back and forth each other", when he messed up other ideas beside dog walking, when he ended up somewhat liking Lexi's cat Fluffernutter, when his dad adopted Thumper, when his mom would yell at him for not putting his coat and jacket in the mudroom, and when him and Malcolm called each other names joking.

  • Savannah Kerr
    2019-03-26 21:18

    This book shows a lot of commitment and hard work by two siblings who are wanting to get a pet. Otto and Lexi are challenged by their mom to raise money. I think that this would be a good book for upper elementary kids and it shows them the power of hard work and being persistent. I do think the book could have been shortened up a bit it seems as if it drug on for a while. I would have also liked to see or read more of Lexis side not just Otto’s. Overall cute book.

  • Savannah Sheppard
    2019-04-18 00:17

    The book was very interesting and funny. It taught me some things about supply and demand which is something we are learning in social studies. I would recommend this book to people who want to learn responsibility and how to earn stuff on your own.

  • Margaret Harman
    2019-03-24 02:28

    A cat? Dog? Which one? Mom wants neither, sister wants a cat, and brother wants dag. The war has begun, and it is money earning a month. But how is Otto going to earn money? And who is going to win? Well, read to find out.

  • Nevaeh
    2019-03-31 21:33

    The pet war is a battle between brother vs. sister, dog vs. cat. Otto wants a dog while his older sister Lexi wants a cat. With the high prices only one of them can get their dream pet. With the big mouth sister of his says whoever makes the money first wins. So the pet war begins and whoever raises the most amount of money gets the pet of their dreams.

  • jedibookworm
    2019-03-31 01:31

    least favorite sunshine state reader book .

  • Michelle
    2019-04-19 04:19

    My 9 yo son read and really enjoyed this book!

  • Tracy Foust
    2019-04-11 04:09

    Love this book! So funny and I am Team Dog all day long!

  • Dani
    2019-04-13 02:09

    Really humorous book!

  • Megan Wittenberg
    2019-04-20 22:15

    The Pet War was a cute and funny book about a boy named Otto who realizes his life wouldn't be complete without a dog and does what he can to try to get one after an incentive comes into play. This book was great as it showed a realistic version of sibling rivalry and constantly trying to outdo the other. Otto (the younger brother) and Lexi (the older sister) have conflicting views of which pet to get, a dog or a cat, and are racing to meet the needed goal to finally claim their victory before the end of the month. It's a fun, sarcastic, and relatable book that can teach kids about both the heavy weight and satisfaction that comes with learning true responsibility and being a well rounded person. Not everything you want just comes to you in life, it takes a lot of planning, thinking, and determination to reach the end goal. It was a book that had multiple emotions felt and towards the end definitely kept you on the edge of your seat. Definitely one of the cutest and funniest kids books I've read; sibling rivalry, cats and dogs, and sarcastic thoughts, what more could you really ask for?

  • Jackie
    2019-04-21 00:25

    Sibling rivalry intensifies as Otto and Lexi petition mom for a pet. Problem is: Otto wants a dog, Lexi wants a cat, Mom wants neither. But, they come up with a plan. During the month of March, Mom says whoever can come up with $500 by the end of the month (along with other rules and stipulations) can get the pet of their choice. That throws Otto and Lexi head on into competition and they start The Pet War. Each come up with some crazy, hair-brained ideas to make money. Each is determined to win. But, at what cost? Friends are made enemies, practices are forgotten, and grades?...well, we won't even get into that. Let's just say, competition is fierce. And, at the end of the month...who is the winner? Well, they both are and aren't. What? You'll have to read it yourself to get the answer to that quandary. The Pet War is full of laugh-out-loud moments, snarky dialogue, and tense battle lines drawn. Similar to The Lemonade War pitting brother against sister in a competition, it is nonetheless fun to read and engaging in its execution and outcome.

  • Nevaeh Lyman
    2019-03-30 23:20

    272 pagesWhen 11 year old Otto wants a dog, and his sister wants a cat their mother can't decided. So she has a war to see who makes the most money. The ones with the most money can buy their pet. Otto goes Lexi for what they call a pet war. it's hard saving money because what ever he uses he has to pay for. Otto once used his mom pencil to writes down how much money he got, but remembered he now has to pay her as much as that pencil coat. To get use to a dog he dog sits as many dogs to earn money and see what kind of dog he wants. So when Otto is trying to make money he's sister, Lexi is earning money from her job.

  • Carolina Torres
    2019-03-27 01:14

    The Pet War by Allan Woodrow is such a funny book, I love how the author has a sense of humor between the big sister and the little brother. It reminds me about me and my sister when we fight but at the end we get along :). This funny is about a 12 year old sister named Lexi and a 11 year old brother named Otto. This book is mainly about a brother vs. sister war because Otto and Lexi both want a pet, but the problem is Lexi and Otto want two different type of pets. Otto wants a dog, but on the other hand Lexi wants a cat, and the mom wants neither. But lastly her mom agreed they can have pet but one condition, they have to raised up money for the pet. But who ever raises the most money get to have their pet.(talk about drama! )My favorite is when Otto says "This is war." to her sister because in a blink of an eye this reminded me when me and my sister fight and I realized that it's normal for siblings to fight. I recommend this book to ages 9 and up and people who love comedy and drama.

  • Christopher
    2019-04-13 03:35

    Ok, I want to give an honest opinion. After finishing this book, I have to say, I do not recommend this book. It might just be my taste, but I just didn’t even feel like I wanted to finish the book, I just got bored.Why didn’t I like the book? First, you would think this is a war between a cat and a dog because there is a cool cover with a cat and a dog that look awesome and it gives the idea that the cat and the dog will get into a war. I have read a lot of books that are about animals that have a great personality. I thought this book would be about the actual cat and the actual dog getting into a war, which sounds like a fun read. ...WRONG! It is a boring book about a boy that complains a lot and his perfect sister. The boy Otto, repeats over and over that “this is war and I shall win it and Lexi shall be crying in the corner”He is very jealous of his sister, as I don’t have any sisters or brothers, I can not understand how is the bother or sister relationship, however, I can say, that if this is what it is to have one, I am so glad I am an only child!Otto, the main character in the story, tries different jobs to get money to get the pet. I don’t think a kid should have to work.He let a kid feed the dog he was walking ice cream! … that is really bad for dogs, specially because the dog in the story has stomach problems and I feel bad for the dog.Plus Otto doesn’t seem very smart. He keeps making the same mistakes and snoops around. I also don’t like that he gets onto his sisters room to count how much money she has so far, and while counting, he hears his sister coming, then he keeps $20 that he couldn’t put back in the pile of his sister money not to get caught, but instead of giving it back after, he choses to keep it. That is very bad, Otto is not a very good person. He steals, he treats everyone bad to get money for a dog.In the end, I am not really happy I chose this book, but unlike Otto, I will be wiser next time and don’t judge a book by its cover ;)

  • Ms. Yingling
    2019-04-03 23:29

    Otto really wants a dog. His older sister, Lexi, really wants a cat. Their mother really doesn't want either one, but tells the children that whoever can raise $500 can choose the pet. Both kids embark on a series of money making ventures. Otto doesn't fair very well-- he sells apples that his mother bought, but for less than she paid for them. He makes a disastrous batch of cookies. He puts together a dog walking business, but uses so much of his mother's ink printing flyers that he owes her money. Lexi seems to be fairing somewhat better, since she is tutoring (Otto struggles so much in school that this isn't an option for him) and making custom, glittery posters. Otto's dog walking works out fairly well, but he still has expensive mishaps, like one of the dog's he is walking stepping on a bottle and incurring $80 worth of vet bills. The two occasionally try to clean at their father's apartment, but even that doesn't go all that well. At one point, Otto is so jealous of his sister that he steals $20 from her room. In the end, both children are short of money and stressed by all of the work they are doing. Otto, feeling bad about stealing from his sister, gives her enough so that she can get a cat. Fluffernutter doesn't turn out to be too bad, and since their dad decides to buy a dog, everything works out. Strengths: Awesome cover, and fun, timeless story. Otto and Lexi are both very realistic and believable, and they get along despite their differences. I also liked how this teaches that having animals is a lot of responsibility and expensive. Very pleasant read.Weaknesses: Nothing earthshakingly original, but a very solid novel. I will look forward to other titles by this author, who also writes as Fowler DeWitt. This was SO much better than The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School. Wow.

  • Diane
    2019-04-04 05:09

    "You know it's funny about get-rich-quick schemes. They never seem to work out. I guess that's why there aren't that many people who get rich quick."Otto wants a dog in the worst way. His older sister, Lexi, wants a cat. Their mom isn't sure she wants either. After all, it takes a lot of money and a lot of responsibility to be a pet owner. But after Lexie makes her presentation (with charts), Mom decides "Whoever raises five hundred dollars, wins. And the winner decides what pet we get ... you will still do your chores and homework. If your grades slip at school, you're disqualified ... " And the war begins.It isn't easy for an 11-year-old to come up with ways to make money. And after the "Great Kitchen Calamity" and the "Awful Apple Atrocity", Otto's sure that Lexie is going to win. Everything seems to be going well with her tutoring business. Then he hits on an idea: dog-walking and suddenly he's back in the game. With the help of best friend, Malcolm, things are looking up. But Otto finds that dog-walking is a lot more difficult than you would think. It takes planning, organization and commitment - three areas in which Otto is a little weak. "It's just not as easy being responsible as you'd think."Students will get a kick out of Otto's schemes and how quickly they go wrong. They will relate to the desire of owning a pet AND of besting an older sibling. Otto learns some valuable lessons about friendship, as well. A lighthearted read for students in the mood to laugh. Theme: responsibility, friendship

  • Sherry Philippus
    2019-03-31 21:28

    Definitely a disappointment. The cover is misleading, and the main character Otto is a whiny, entitled brat who can't accept responsibility and heaps blame and criticism upon all the adults in his life until he's suddenly transformed at the end. His perfect, too-stereotypical, older sister is annoying, too. This got two stars from me only because I do think the kids will like it. Whether it's because they're less literal than I am or because they are similar to Otto remains to be seen! Truthfully, I don't think many, if any, kids act like Otto and Lexi - and I have worked with kids daily for the last 25 years.