It's lovely to recommend a truly laugh-out-loud picture book in which the illustrations and text flatter each other so well. Rissi and Ohora have devised a story that the reader will gleefully suspend disbelief for. Mr. Stricter has introduced a class pet, but it grows and grows into something unexpected that he loves but the students realize requires a different sort of compassion. All members of a classroom are shown to be contributors to the educational experience as the kids problem-solve and help their educational environment be successful.
When their class tadpoles are big enough, Mr. Stricter tells his students they can keep just one. The class chooses Bruno, the smallest of the bunch. But Bruno doesn't stay that way for long. Soon, he's grown into a giant, classroom-wrecking creature: he eats desks, he farts for show-and-tell, and he sneezes slime all over everything! With Mr. Stricter blinded by love for the pet, the students must step up and take matters into their own heroic hands.
About the Author
Anica Mrose Rissi grew up on an island off the coast of Maine, where she read a lot of books and loved a lot of pets. She now tells and collects stories, makes up songs on her violin, and eats lots of cheese with her friends in Princeton, New Jersey. She is also the author of the Anna, Banana chapter-book series. Anica tweets about bookish things and her dog, Arugula, @anicarissi. Find out more at anicarissi.com.
Zachariah OHora is the illustrator of the New York Times best-selling book Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman. He is the author and illustrator of a number of award-winning books including the Huffington Post Best Childrens Book of 2013 No Fits Nilson!, and My Cousin Momo!, a Boston Globe Best Children's Book of 2015. He lives in Narberth, PA with his wife and two sons. Visit him online at zohora.com or on Twitter @ZachariahOHora.
* "[V]ery funny. . . . Mr. Stricter is a classic bumbler cut from Amelia Bedelia's cloth."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
Named one of "The Best Children's and YA Books of June 2017" by Brightly