Parents (and kids) who have raised pets will get a good chuckle from the antics of the child/pet relationship, as well as sympathize with Winnie’s father. The illustrations are vibrant as they take the reader through all the ups and downs of Winnie’s new pet. Her baby Oogly-Wump grows quickly and takes the reader on a fast ride: chewing on things he shouldn’t, eating lots, and being cute if not a handful.
Something that was cleverly portrayed was the practical advice given on raising pets. Since the book is told from a child’s point of view, I found the concept of responsibility tactfully employed in a creative way. Winnie offers her own how-to guide on raising a baby monster that could easily translate into raising a pet without the advice feeling overbearing or too adult in tone. It’s funny and colorful, which will draw young readers from page one.
Another aspect that sets this picture book apart is the section at the end which encourages readers to create their own monster. I love how this book highlights responsibility in pet ownership, but also fosters imagination with its readers. To engage readers on multiple levels of creativity in a fun and colorful way makes this book a five-star pick!