Big Pet Day by Lisa Shanahan

Big Pet Day

Written by Lisa Shanahan
Illustrated by Gus Gordon


Big Pet Day by Lisa Shanahan

Today is Pet Day in Lily's class. All the kids bring in their pets - hermit crabs, parrots, mice, puppies, ferrets and ducks - but Lily brings her dragon. Class smarty-pants Courtney says to Lily that dragons are only in fairy tales so how could she have a dragon? However, when all the pets misbehave in the middle of the all-important pet parade, guess who (or what) saves the day?

About the Author

Gus Gordon illustrated his first children's book in 1996 and has since illustrated more than seventy books. His debut as an author/illustrator, Wendy, was a CBCA Notable Book in 2010 and was highly commended in the Prime Minister's Literary Awards. 2012's Herman And Rosie was named Honour Book in the picture book category at the 2013 CBCA awards, and was selected for the Read with Australia national simultaneous storyline. Lisa Shanahan studied at UTS and trained as an actor at Theatre Nepean, Sydney before discovering her true passion was not just writing, but writing for young people. Some of her well-loved picture books included Bear And Chook and Daddy's Having A Horse, illustrated by Emma Quay, both of which were shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year for Early Childhood; Bear And Chook By The Sea was a winner of the CBCA Book of the Year for Early Childhood. Lisa lives in Sydney.

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32 pages


Lisa Shanahan
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Templar Publishing

Publication date

1st January 2015



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