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When a class pet proves to be more than a handful, the students agree they cannot keep him, but how will they convince their teacher, Mr. Stricter, who loves the strange creature?On the day the tadpoles hatch, the whole class is amazed—they've never seen their teacher so excited. Mr. Stricter has always wanted a pet, so he tells the students they can keep just one. The claWhen a class pet proves to be more than a handful, the students agree they cannot keep him, but how will they convince their teacher, Mr. Stricter, who loves the strange creature?On the day the tadpoles hatch, the whole class is amazed—they've never seen their teacher so excited. Mr. Stricter has always wanted a pet, so he tells the students they can keep just one. The class chooses Bruno, the smallest of the bunch. But Bruno doesn't stay small for long. Soon he's grown into a giant, classroom-wrecking creature: He eats desks, farts for show-and-tell, and sneezes slime all over everything! Everyone can see that Bruno is trouble. Everyone except Mr. Stricter.With their teacher blinded by love for the pet, the students must step up and take matters into their own heroic hands....

Title : The Teacher's Pet
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ISBN : 25027494
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 180 Pages
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The Teacher's Pet Reviews

  • Peacegal
    2018-10-06 00:10

    What's good about it:THE TEACHER'S PET is cute and goofy, with a wacky cartoon-like sensibility. It sends the message that wild animals (like hippos!) don't make good pets and that the best place for them is the wild.What's not so good:Not the greatest modelling of pet care. In the beginning, tadpoles are taken from the wild and kept in little fishbowls, which would likely be a death sentence for real tadpoles. On the final page, the teacher buys a hamster from a pet shop that has a display of : puppies in the window. What's truthful:Teacher is completely blind to the hippo's increasingly inappropriate-for-a-classroom behavior, defending him as cute and smart when he's doing things like crushing desks. We've all seen that among pet owners and parents alike!

  • Alex Baugh
    2018-10-10 00:44

    Mr. Stricter, who is anything but, and his young students are watching the growth of tadpoles as their science project. When the tadpoles are grown enough, they release them into a nearby pond, except for one named Bruno. Bruno grows and grows into a large hippo, who eats homework, farts, and continually disrupts the class. But Mr. Stricter just doesn’t see what a problem the class pet has become. It’s up to the children to solve the problem of Bruno, and convince their teacher he needs to be freed. Rissi turns the tables in this humous tale illustrating the pluses and minuses of having a class pet and young readers will definitely get the age-appropriate irony she uses. Classroom pets can be fun, but also distracting and kids may recognize some of their own behavior in their teacher. A fun story with a nice old fashioned feel to the bright acrylic and pencil illustrations.

  • Oona
    2018-09-30 01:59

    Hilarious picture book! What a joy to read. It's a great mentor text for teaching irony. So much of the good stuff of this book is what happens "between the pages," what readers will think and talk about as they are reading and looking closely at the illustrations. It's also a wonderful introduction to learning about leadership skills. When their ingenuous teacher can't accept reality, the students schedule a meeting at recess to discuss how to solve the issue. That part is certainly believable. This one is my favorite Zachariah Ohora book yet. The illustrations really capture the irony of the situation.

  • Alex Ward
    2018-09-20 06:03

    I really wanted to like this one, but it sends an irresponsible message about pet ownership to kids. Domesticated animals aren't just our play things that eventually get released in the wild; usually this is detrimental to their happiness, much less survival. And when our pets misbehave, that doesn't mean we give them up. We work to train them and care for them like responsible pet owners. Also, when they "chose one" tadpole, what happened to the others? I bet a bad pet owner like Mr. Stricter flushed them all down the toilet.

  • Kimberly Sabatini
    2018-10-13 03:59

    I adored this book! The Teacher's Pet was the perfect combination of silly and insightful with the most charming illustrations. It's utterly perfect for anyone who's ever had a pet--or has wanted one.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2018-09-25 23:56

    Mr. Stricter is the only one in the classroom who can't see that Bruno is a hippopotamus, not a frog.

  • KC
    2018-09-29 04:46

    Silly tale of teacher, Mr. Strickter and Bruno the hippo who assists the class. For older children.

  • Virginia
    2018-09-22 04:52

    I was so excited to receive my copy of THE TEACHER'S PET in the mail! I love Zachariah OHora's work and the idea sounded so funny and child-appealing. I wasn't disappointed. Anica Mrose Rissi's story is very funny. The tadpole turn hippo was a great surprise and Mr. Stricter was as lovable as his oversized pet. I hope the swallowing of the teacher doesn't upset children. Although I suppose as a teacher myself, I may be more nervous than they are. This picture book is LOTS OF FUN!

  • Esther
    2018-10-08 22:42

    While I really enjoyed the illustrations I found the story to be lacking. I get it's meant to be silly but the whole issue with a tadpole growing into a hippo? Meh.

  • Stephanie Croaning
    2018-09-20 04:06

    Everyone could see that the class pet was trouble. Everyone but the teacher, that is! Hilarity ensues as readers root for the children to save their classroom!Picture book, fiction, humorousInterest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 1.84 out of 5 starsMr. Stricter is very excited by his classes' science project! He's has always wanted a pet, so when the class tadpoles are big enough to be released into the wild, the class gets to pick one to keep in the classroom.They choose Bruno.Zachariah Ohora's illustrations let observant readers in on the fact that Bruno may be a little more than Mr. Stricter expects. What is especially fun is the children's scared and horrified faces versus the happy smiles of Mr. Stricter. Children will love this book as a read-aloud because they will delight in noticing that the illustrations do not necessarily match what the text is saying. The children work together to solve the problem of Bruno. This is a great lesson that can be pointed out to children. Not all problems can, or should be, solved by adults. Surely Mr. Stricter has learned his lesson and the next science project focusing on butterflies will go better...This book is a fun and interesting story that will delight young readers. It will make an excellent read-aloud in a library or classroom. Don't forget to check out the endpapers and note the very important difference.

  • Tasha
    2018-09-27 02:41

    Mr. Stricter, the teacher, has always wanted a pet. So when the class hatches tadpoles, he tells them that they can keep one. They choose Bruno who grows very quickly and unexpectedly. Soon he has left the fishbowl and entirely taken over the classroom. He farts, eats furniture, and munches school supplies. He also hasn’t turned into a frog at all! But Mr. Stricter can’t see how troublesome Bruno is until one day Bruno proves it once and for all.Rissi uses plenty of humor in this picture book that turns the tables on teachers and their responsibility. The class of children must be the ones who see the problem and then rescue their teacher from his own blindness. This twist makes the book all the more exciting and fun to read, especially for children. Add in the humor of what Bruno actually grows into and you can expect when you share this aloud with children for them to be delighted at the huge creature and call out warnings to the oblivious Mr. Stricter.Ohora’s illustrations are filled with bright colors that zing and zap. He plays the colors against each other with orange-yellow floors and deep red walls. This adds a lot of energy to the book and gives Bruno a dynamic background to appear against in all of his vastness.The power of children is embraced in this picture book that will have everyone laughing along. Appropriate for ages 4-6.

  • Marilyn
    2018-10-14 02:45

    I feel bad about writing this review, but I also feel compelled. This story began with an interesting premise and could have gone in a multitude of fun, funny, and sweet directions. It had potential. But for me, wow. I wanted to like it, but I just couldn't. I'm not a fan of the fart/snot humor. I'm seeing a lot of animals and people being eaten in recent picture books as a consequence of bad behavior/flaws, so this struck me as derivative. Even the coughing them back up is not very original. I could have looked past all of that. But I am REALLY not a fan of teaching kids to release their unwanted pets into the wild. Maybe I'm being too literal here, but unless the illustrations are showing me a habitat and locale where a hippo is part of the natural world, which they aren't, then this book has just shown kids the way to get rid of an exotic, unwanted pet is to dump it in the nearest pond. And so that strange din you are now hearing is the sound of conservationists screaming into the void.

  • Arminzerella
    2018-09-17 03:52

    Mr. Stricter’s class is excited when their tadpoles hatch and begin to develop into adult frogs. When the time comes to release them into the wild, they save one to be their classroom pet. Bruno isn’t really like the rest of the frogs, however, and grows larger and larger until he becomes a hazard. “Everyone could see that Bruno was trouble.” Mr. Stricter is blind to the dangers, however. Then Bruno gobbles him up and the kids are forced to take matters into their own hands. Using Bruno’s allergies against him, they’re able to rescue Mr. Stricter AND convince him to return Bruno to the pond. Their next science project proves to be equally interesting, but instead of keeping any of those creatures, they adopt a nice hamster instead. Funny and colorful – kids will appreciate the clueless Mr. Stricter and the ingenuity of his students. References to farts and snot rockets will also appeal to this audience.

  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    2018-09-18 02:53

    Rissi, Anica The Teachers Pet, PICTURE BOOK. Disney, 2017. $18.Mr. Stricter is a great teacher who also happens to have always really wanted a pet. After the class releases their tiny science project critters into the wild, Mr. Stricter decides to keep one. It becomes the class pet. Its unruly, destructive, and beloved by Mr. Stricter, who is able to overlook its many faults. The students are not happy and it will take a major disaster to help them band together and solve the problem of the class pet. This book is hilarious! I was surprised over and over and thoroughly enjoyed this book. I think students will be rolling in the isles and learn some valuable lessons about speaking up and making tough decisions. The artwork is a dated style, sort of 70’s but actually fits perfectly with the story.EL(K-3) –ADVISABLE. Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author

  • Clwseattle
    2018-10-16 22:10

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway.I was confused as I opened the book because the first line on the first page seemed to start in the middle of a conversation: "One day the science project hatched...". I thought perhaps a page stuck! (Hence the 4.5 rating)I thought the book was very cute. I think my confusion about the beginning would be confusing for the 4 yr old (it's recommended for ages 4-8), but the older kids will get it. I didn't like the "he farts" line but that's just a word we consider impolite in our family.I read other reviews here and I disagree the story sends a 'bad message'. Good grief, this is NOT a message book, nor should every book (especially colorful story books!) be a message book. Lighten up, Moms and Dads.This book is FUN and funny with wonderful illustrations.

  • Sheri
    2018-09-28 01:48

    This story about a teacher and his pet is not what you might think from the title. But the unlikely pet from the group of guppies does wreak havoc in the classroom and prove the children do know best. Still the guppy in the story gives the impression that it can turn into something other than a frog. The teacher is child-like in his love for a pet and not wanting to give it up. The children bring him to his senses and help with the selection of a new pet. The book doesn't disappoint with the ending. Children do solve the problem and the teacher needs their help. Kids will love being the ones who pull the teacher through this story. Notice the odd life cycle in the end papers and hope a science teacher doesn't see this. Some teachers will recognize the pencil on the teacher.

  • Carrie Charley Brown
    2018-09-24 22:54

    The Teacher's Pet appears to be like all the other students' tadpoles in the class. But if you look closely at Zachariah OHora's illustrations, you'll see that Mr. Stricter's pet is slightly different than the rest. Then, hold onto your hat because... Mr. Stricter's pet is not a tadpole at all. In fact, it's rather large and gray and he eats a lot, too. (Sometimes he eats unexpected things.) Don't get too close. Consider yourself warned. When a teacher is in love with something, you know it's not easy to give up. And this teacher loves this book. It's fiction at its best; meant to entertain. Kids live for this stuff.

  • Laura
    2018-10-07 01:06

    Mr. Stricter is excited to adopt a class pet, a tadpole that grows into an unruly hippopotamus. Bruno certainly causes problems, including bringing farts to show and tell and eating Mr. Stricter. The class works together and comes up with a clever way to free their teacher -- they tickle Bruno's nose until Bruno sneezes Mr. Stricter out "like a snot rocket." Zachariah Ohora's illustrations and the fabulous pacing of this story make this a book that lends itself to a funny read aloud that invites predictions.And with his hairstyle and charming sweater, Mr. Stricter vaguely reminds me of Mr. Rogers.

  • Gmr
    2018-10-02 06:02

    What begins as a class lesson in evolution and change, becomes a big BIG problem! While definitely an adventure, there is a heavy dose of imagination and fantastical-ness used here because really...I'm pretty sure that's how the particular pet they end up with actually comes to life. Just sayin'. Still, the trouble that follows will have kiddos in stitches as Little Bruno outgrows his name, his bowl, the room, and then some....A fun read for school days (or not) and a great way to explain why Suzy can't have a pony when you live in an apartment.

  • Paul Orsino
    2018-09-28 22:53

    Mr. Stricter's class has just finished studying the life-cycle of the frog. After their tadpoles had matured, the class returns them to the wild. When Mr. Stricter decides to keep one as a classroom pet, the class gets more than they bargained for. This book is full of surprises and silly humor! It makes a wonderful read aloud. Zachariah OHora's signature illustrations are as vibrant and beautiful as ever.

  • Wendy
    2018-10-04 05:41

    This is a very cute children's book. It is very easy reading suitable for easy readers, and also in a way that young children can understand. The pictures are colorful and cute, and I feel that children would appreciate the silliness of the problems with his very large "frog". I feel like it's not terribly educational, but it flows well and has a satisfying story arc that is short enough to keep little ones engaged.

  • LynnDavidson
    2018-10-04 02:56

    The teacher of a small group of children had never had a pet. They all were excited when their tiny water animals grew, except the teacher's grew to be exceptionally large and became a huge problem. Teacher didn't want to part with his pet, but the children knew better and had to come up with a plan.

  • Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
    2018-09-30 01:53

    The Teacher's Pet is such a fun read out aloud. With hilarious, well paced storytelling, and Ohoa's illustrations, and color scheme that are reminiscent of classic easy readers from back in the day, make for a great read.FULL REVIEW

  • Jana
    2018-10-06 05:52

    This is a fun picture book that shows what happens when the classroom pet grows up and becomes more than just a handful! The illustrations are bold and colorful, but with that older picture book quality that makes it comfortable. This would be fun to read aloud to primary aged students. It would be fun to have them imagine their own classroom pet adventures.

  • Sandy Brehl
    2018-10-10 05:42

    The absurdity of this story will have kids squealing and also proud of the classmates solving the situation Mr. Stricter has created. They show respect for his needs and wants but also restore common sense and order... a fun flip for a classroom story. The bold, chalky, retro art will also appeal, and it makes the story seem timeless.

  • Mary
    2018-09-22 03:11

    Some pets just aren't made to live in a classroom, and a hippo is one of them! This silly book turns norms on their heads as it is the teacher who won't listen to reason and just wants his hippo to stick around, even when he is outgrowing the space in the classroom. Multiple skin tones are visible on the children, and colorful illustrations make the book enjoyable to look at.

  • Susan Erhardt
    2018-09-18 05:51

    The kindergarten classes enjoyed being smarter than the teacher in the story (because they knew Bruno shouldn't be a pet, and he was oblivious), and giggling over the word "fart" is always great when you're five. I confess that after a nervous laugh from one teacher, I left out the words "snot rocket" for the next couple of classes. It was still very entertaining.

  • Kristin
    2018-09-27 04:11

    Ok, I get the irony. The teacher doesn't see that his tadpole turned into a hippo, not a frog, but this one was lost on me. The hippo clearly doesn't belong in the classroom as he's destructive and dangerous. I feel that this one sends bad messages.

  • Erin
    2018-10-01 00:05

    Lovely illustrations. Humorous read aloud. The kids declared it funny, but not as funny as "onomatopoeia," (their nickname for Be Quiet by Ryan T. Higgins).Would be a fun and silly jumping off point for discussing responsible pet ownership.

  • Alice
    2018-10-01 04:52

    When the Class pet goes wild! I think it is funny that the students are acting like the adult and the teacher is acting like the students. A harmless tadpole, turns into something much, MUCH bigger! It got a smile from me but not more more that. :-)