Katie Mcginty Wants a Pet by Jenna Harrington

Katie Mcginty Wants a Pet

Written by Jenna Harrington
Illustrated by Finn Simpson

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August 2015 Debut of the Month

‘I want a pet’ will be a familiar refrain in many households. Katie McGinty has her heart set on one pet in particular – not for her a hamster, cat or dog – not even a pig. Katie wants a zebra! She has it all planned out, where it will sleep, how to give it a bath. Dad is nonplussed as you’d expect, and completely caught out by the surprise twist in the story! A lovely mix of the familiar and the absurd, this is a lots of fun, and implies that anything is possible if you really want it.

~ Andrea Reece


Katie Mcginty Wants a Pet by Jenna Harrington

This funny picture book will resonate with any child who has ever wanted a pet - and any parent who has ever been nagged for one! With joyful illustrations from Finn Simpson and a hilarious twist at the end, Katie McGinty Wants a Pet! is the perfect book for animal-mad children!


[Katie McGinty is] everything a picture book should be: lively, colourful, funny, imaginative, and leaving you with lots to talk about. ... Katie is a feisty character and I really loved that... This book has brilliant illustrations, with little hints of comic genius... a pleasure to read. * - The Bookbag * The wonderful illustrations from Finn Simpson are full of humour and detail and superbly executed. Just as you think it's all settled, there is a hilarious twist at the end. * - Parents in Touch * A light and good-natured introduction to following one's dreams, however crazy. * - Kirkus Reviews * Finn Simpson provides the quirky, characterful illustrations for an enchanting picture book that is brimming with stripy humour and animal antics, and has a delightful twist in its playful tail. * - Lancashire Evening Post * ...the writing style is fun and quirky - and captures a small child wonderfully. * - Summer Reading List, Minerva Reads * a delightful story...beautifully illustrated and the fun story will resonate with all pet-weary parents. * - Made for Mums * Finn Simpson's exuberant scenes show much more than is said in the words. He captures the gentle playful humour of Jenna Harrington's deliberately straightforward delivery... extending and embellishing it with laugh out loud fantasies. * - Red Reading Hub * A funny and fantastical tale about wanting a pet. It's filled with lovely, warm and fun illustrations with a charming feel to the book. Jenna Harrington has captured the characteristics of children so well... This book is recommended for ages 3+ and is perfect for any animal loving child. * - The Bookworm Baby * Wonderfully humourous and exuberant pictures [which] show a very real and loveable zebra. * - Books for Keeps * ...this book is a lot of fun. The story is simple and comical, with a hilarious twist at the end, and Finn Simpson's illustrations add so much that isn't said in the text ... Katie McGinty Wants a Pet! is going into my 'Favourite Books of the Year

't miss it! * - Serendipity Reviews * The illustrations are full of life and humour and complement the text well. * - Carousel Magazine *'

About the Author

Jenna dreamed of living in Narnia when she was little. When she grew up and realised that couldn't happen, she did the next best thing and worked in Disneyworld for a year. When she's not working for a children's book publisher or writing, she spends her time in imaginary worlds. Finn grew up with only one thought in his head: to become an astronaut. When that failed, he found drawing astronauts was just as good, and not nearly as dangerous. When he's not illustrating, he's usually drinking tea and staring out the window at nothing in particular. He lives in a beautiful northern city that smells of chocolate, sounds like church bells, and where Vikings walk the streets daily.

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32 pages


Jenna Harrington
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Little Tiger Press an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group

Publication date

13th August 2015




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