Katie is an ordinary girl who longs for an extraordinary pet—something more spectacular than a simple goldfish. Then one day Katie comes home to find a gift from her mother: a mysterious machine designed to help her create that one-of-a-kind creature. Each time she feeds different items into the machine, out comes a marvelously colorful new animal—like a purple monkey, rainbow-spotted horse, and green bunny! But none of them is just right. Through trial and error, Katie figures out the formula for her absolutely perfect SURPRISE pet.
I received a copy of this picture book from author Vicky Fang in exchange for an honest review.
Debut author Vicky Fang wrote a clever and imaginative story that teaches readers the very basic ideas of coding. The story follows a young girl named Katie who longs to have an exciting pet over an ordinary one.
Using the gift her mother left her, Katie begins to create all kinds of fabulous pet combinations. Although each animal has unique qualities,
Katie still feels like none of them are perfect. Finally, Katie realizes that she might have had the perfect formula all along.
As a teacher, I strive to use books in all aspects of my teaching. I love the way Vicky weaved STEM concepts into the pages. She skillfully teachers readers about the concepts of trial and error and different formulas in ways using the different animal combinations as examples. I look forward to using this book as apart of my writer’s workshop to what kinds of pets my students create. The illustrations by Tidawan Thaipinnarong bring the text to life with bright and vibrant colors! This book is sure to be a hit with all readers and would make a fantastic read-aloud.
Ages 5 and up
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