I have a special fondness for picture books about children with unusual pets. I love Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller so much that we named our dog Arnie. One of my son’s favorite stories when he was young was A Friend for Dragon by Dav Pilkey. Dragon’s “pet,” by the way, was an apple. And now, there’s Cecil: The Pet Glacier by Matthea Harvey and Giselle Potter. You might be thinking that a glacier wouldn’t make the coziest pet, but check out this book. I’m ready to go look for a baby glacier – before they are all gone!
Ruby, the heroine of Cecil: The Pet Glacier, wants a pet. That’s not a new story, but this has to be the first time a glacier fills the void. Ruby’s parents are eccentric bohemian types. Dad is a topiary artist and mom designs tiaras. I’m not making this up. You have to check it out. One of my favorite parts of the story is Ruby’s dolls. There are three of them: the Three Jennifers. You can see them on the front cover. I don’t know what it is, but I love them. It’s so great that Ruby doesn’t just have one doll, but three that look exactly alike – and all with the same name.
If you’ve already started thinking about books to give for the upcoming holidays, add this one to your list. The book – and a glacier to go along with it.