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Childrens book about a strange petshop

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Edited: Apr 23, 2:00pm Top

Update: I found the book with the help of my local library, it's called "Pets for Sale" by Rita Gelman

I remember reading this book when I was a kid. I read it in the mid 90s. A little boy is looking for a pet, and visits this very odd pet shop;.(It wasn't Puck's peculiar Pet Shop by Dean Walley and Roz Schanzer, although it was somewhat similar to that one. It's also not Lester and the Unusual Pet)

The pet shop owner presents him with several different pets, each with some bizarre and annoying trait, such as a robot-like creature who cleans up everything and a Minotaur-like creature who messes up everything, a creature with a scissors-shaped head and(I think) a glue-brush shaped tail who cuts and glues whatever he can get his hands on, several tiny, car shaped creatures who go zooming everywhere, a raccoon in(I think) a Centurion helmet who causes various kinds of mischief, and a giant sphinx-like creature with a TV-screen face who breathes fire. The boy(as one might suppose) turns each one of them down, until he's presented with a regular, normal dog. (spoilers for the end of the book) The pet shop owner insists that the boy couldn't possibly want the dog("She does not cut, she does not glue, she is not the pet for you!), but the boy knows better("Says who?) then they leave together.

I'd love to get this book for my own kid now but I can't for the life of me remember the name. It was a full page picture book with that sort of "dull" muted coloring of older books.

Edited: Apr 18, 3:11am Top

If that's a direct quote, it sounds like Doctor Seuss. The newest book is What Pet Should I Get?. Is it that one? It might be too new but peeking through the recommendations on the page might help.

Apr 18, 11:25am Top

'What pet should I get' is far too new, it came out in 2015 and I had my book back in 95ish. It's also about a family looking at normal pets (turtles, cats, dogs) where as the one I had had weird mutant mythical creatures.

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