It wouldn't stay small for long though, it would grow and grow and learn to do all the things that adult raptors know how to do like stalking and sunbathing. It would not be easy to have a raptor as a pet, and it would take a special kind of owner to keep one as a pet - would you, could you, dare you?
If I had a raptor is a light hearted picture book for children that appeals to a wide audience (including every adult I have shown it to!). Right from the start it is very clear that O'Connor has spent more than a little time with cats as some of the behaviours are more feline than blatantly reptilian!
This is one of those perfect books to share one-on-one - it works well for crowd but works best when you can pause and draw out the anticipation for a little one sitting on your lap (or for an adult colleague at the desk next to you!). Loads of fun and would make a brilliant forever book for the dinosaur lover in your life - although it may take them a little while to get used to the idea of a fluffy and feathery dinosaur rather than a scaly one.
If you like this book then try:
- My friend is sad by Mo Willems
- The splendid spotted snake by Betty Ann Schwartz & Alexander Wilensky
- Elephants cannot dance! by Mo Willems
- A is for musk ox by Erin Cabatingan & Matthew Myers
- New socks by Bob Shea
- Stomp! a dinosaur follow-the-leader story by Ruth Paul
Reviewed by Brilla