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Melissa's Octopus and Other Unsuitable Pets

By Charlotte Voake
Illustrated by Charlotte Voake

From acclaimed artist Charlotte Voake comes a perfectly paced, wickedly dark, laugh-out-loud picture book about very unsuitable pets!

In this laugh-out-loud, riotous new book from picture book master Charlotte Voake, follow Melissa, her friends, and all their rather unsuitable pets! There are certain animals that make suitable pets, like a cat, a dog or a guinea pig. Then there are other animals that definitely make unsuitable pets, like an octopus, a warthog or an elephant. They are much too large, too messy and, well, just a tad free-spirited. They also have a tendency to break things ... like floors, ceilings and tables. But can you guess what makes the most unsuitable pet ever? Here’s a clue … he has a long, scaly green tail and very sharp teeth.

  • Charlotte Voake at her boldest, her most adventurous, her most playful - this comical compendium of unsuitable pets will be a delight to parents and children alike.
  • Make sure to watch out for a rather delicious surprise ending
  • Charlotte offers a lesson on how to draw a less than furry friend on The Guardian Children's books web page: www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/gallery/2014/sep/05/how-to-draw-an-unsuitable-pet-charlotte-voake

About the author

Charlotte Voake is one of the most acclaimed contemporary children’s book illustrators and has been shortlisted for the Kurt Maschler Award four times. She is the author–illustrator of picture books Ginger, Ginger Finds a Home, Hello Twins and Tweedle Dee Dee. She also illustrated the children’s classic, Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep by Eleanor Farjeon. About Melissa's Octopus and Other Unsuitable Pets, she says, "I always wanted an armadillo when I was little – but I don't think it would have been a very happy pet. I now have two cats, four hens, and a small parrot called Gwen... The cats are frightened of the hens and terrified of the parrot!" Charlotte lives near Woking, Surrey.

ISBN: 9781406361001
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: October 1, 2015
Dimensions: 270 x 220mm, 32pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $18.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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