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Wednesday 14 April 2021

Review: The Perfectly Proper Grand Pet Parade

Coral Vass’ rhyme and rhythm presents a story full of activity, with its mixture of surprises, mischief, children, pets and bedlam. Illustrator Karen Sagovac, author of The Whimsical Wisdom of Phoebe, brings the story to life with her brilliant translation.

Lavender Gray is entering her miniature pup in the Grand Pet Parade at school. Everyone is taking part longing to be the winner of the Best Pet cup.

But while the children are lining up to show off their pets, mischief is brewing between Harry and Hugh. What are they planning? What secret plan is making them convulse with laughter.

Fabulous images of half legs, shoes, and feet running tell their own story as rats are unleashed!

Sounds fill the air: screech, yowl, flap, squawk, and bark. Animals take off in a frenzy. What an opportunity! Chaos reigns!

The teacher, tangled in turmoil, with a frog on her head, calls for help.

Lavender’s whistle comes to the rescue. It rallies her friends to race and to chase.

With order restored, hens and birds caught, and pets under control, the Parade begins.

But where are Harry and Hugh? Why are the two mischievous boys having their own celebrations?

This picture book is a delight to read, and better to be read aloud with its wonderful alliteration and sound. It is funny and entertaining, with a surprise ending.

The illustrations are a celebration of fun-loving childhood with its expressive emotions, reflected in both children and pets. A wonderful collaboration between author and illustrator. I loved it!

Title: The Perfectly Proper Grand Pet Parade
Author: Coral Vass
Illustrator: Karen Sagovac
Publisher: Larrikin House, $ 24.99
Publication Date: 1 March 2021
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780648894551
For ages: 3 – 9
Type: Picture Book