Reviews for Geckos

Booklist Monthly Selections - # 2 March 2003
Reviewed with June McNicholas' Rats.Gr. 4-8. These titles in the Keeping Unusual Pets series offer solid advice for middle-graders interested in the world of pets that extends beyond cats and dogs. Both titles address the animals' physical traits among species (making the important distinction in Rats between wild and domesticated animals). Subsequent spreads offer clear, sharp insight into the animals' habits; choosing a pet; the pros and cons of living with it; feeding, handling, and keeping it clean; and keeping a record of its behavior. The casual, sometimes colloquial language, bright color photos, and busy but attractive layouts filled with fact boxes and charts will engage children reading for pleasure, but there's plenty of depth to support short reports. Best of all are the frank details that will give kids a real sense of living with the animals--among them, the close-up photo of a healthy rat's feces and the reminder that owners should prepare themselves for their rat's short life span. A valuable, accessible resource for children contemplating animal ownership. ((Reviewed March 15, 2003)) Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2003 Fall
Each of the books in this series contains plenty of accessible information about caring for one of these animals--including tips on choosing the healthiest pet, feeding and handling, preventing illness, and dealing with death--with the focus on the responsibility of pet owners. The well-designed volumes feature photographs, text boxes, and eye-catching graphics. Directory, reading list. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Keeping Unusual Pets titles: [cf2]Chinchillas, Geckos, Snakes, Ferrets,[cf1] and [cf2]Rats[cf1].] Copyright 2003 Horn Book Guide Reviews

School Library Journal Reviews 2003 April
Gr 3-6-These books should be required reading for anyone considering either animal as a pet. Lively and informative, with photos scattered across and around the pages, they offer a wealth of valuable advice beginning with a list of good and bad points about each species. Each title includes facts about the animal; caring for it, including feeding and visits to the vet; and ways to say good-bye when the animal dies. "Top tips" are given in boxed information throughout the book, and the full-color photos are relevant, instructive, and located near the appropriate text.-Pam Spencer Holley, Young Adult Literature Specialist, Virginia Beach, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.