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Friday 25 November 2022

Review: The Ultimate Pet Handbook

Stand back and applaud. Right now. This book is an absolute corker for kids who are looking to bring a pet into their lives, and the parents who will be supporting those kids who are looking to bring a pet into their lives.

Life is better with pets.

Author Ben Dessen is a long-time afficionado of all things furry, feathered, fluffy and funky. He has had more pets than most and began his pet-loving journey at the tender age of six, when he was gifted a small snake.

TV vet Dr Harry thinks that Ben is the bees knees, and this wonderful book allows us all to see why. 

Speaking directly to young people in clear, direct and easy language complete with Fun Facts, Checklists and special Top Tips, he takes young and old on a journey through all of the pets you can imagine (and some that you definitely would not!). He outlines the pros and cons of owning different creatures and helps you to identify the best pet for your particular circumstances.

There’s something for everyone. Ben will help you find a pet for a small space, a pet that doesn’t need to be walked each day, a pet that won’t eat much, a pet that will love you unconditionally, a pet that you would never even have thought of … and best of all, there’s a Pet Pledge and a Pet Dictionary so that if you ever become a little lost or confused, you simply turn to the back of the book for clarity.

The Ultimate Pet Handbook advocates for responsible pet ownership, kindness and care in order to give our pet friends a safe, healthy and happy life. With a section on ‘convincing the adults’, he encourages young people to not only think through the pet’s lifespan and appropriate living conditions, but also to budget and plan for holiday times and those unexpected moments.

This book is a gem whether it’s a budgerigar, blue-tongued lizard, horse, kitten or stick insect that you are contemplating on bringing into your family.

I suggest that you run - don’t walk - to get a copy for the pet-loving child in your life!

Title: The Ultimate Pet Handbook
Author: Ben Dessen
Illustrator: Nikkita Archer
Publisher: New Holland, $29.99
Publication Date: September 2022
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781760792114
For ages: 4+
Type: Activity Book