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    AMICUS READERS

    Amicus Readers provide an inviting variety of nonfiction leveled books for K-2, serving young learners in pursuit of reading skills—just like Amicus pursues the big red ball.

  • Illustrated

    AMICUS ILLUSTRATED

    Amicus Illustrated offers fiction and nonfiction for preschool to grade 6 with highly visual information and stories that students—and our pal Amicus—are after!

  • High Interest

    AMICUS HIGH INTEREST

    Like many students, Amicus likes to pursue what's of interest to him. Amicus High Interest books serve individual interests of those in grades 2-6.

  • Ink

    AMICUS INK

    Amicus Ink features board books, picture books, and paperbacks that encourage young children to explore facts, examine ideas, and imagine new ways of understanding the world.

  • Spot

    SPOT

    Spot books pair key words with engaging images at the beginning, middle, and end—making it fun to read, spot, and learn.

  • Sequence

    SEQUENCE

    Sequence books explain the processes and timelines behind kids' favorite things. Each title connects products and knowledge step-by-step from idea, through creation and discovery, to the end user.

Do You Really Want a Bird?
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Do You Really Want a Bird?

9781607532057
Bridget Heos / Katya Longhi

 

Several pet birds (and the narrator) teach a young boy the responsibility—and the joys—of owning a pet bird. Includes "Is this pet right for me?" quiz.



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Do You Really Want a Cat?
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Do You Really Want a Cat?

9781607532033
Bridget Heos / Katya Longhi

 

A mischievous cat (and the narrator) teach a young girl the responsibility—and the joys—of owning a cat. Includes "Is this pet right for me?" quiz.



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Do You Really Want a Dog?
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Do You Really Want a Dog?

9781607532040
Bridget Heos / Katya Longhi

 

A mischievous dog (and the narrator) teach a young boy the responsibility—and the joys—of owning a dog. Includes "Is this pet right for me?" quiz.



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Do You Really Want a Guinea Pig?
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Do You Really Want a Guinea Pig?

9781607537496
Bridget Heos / Katya Longhi

 

A mischievous guinea pig (and the narrator) teach a young boy the responsibility—and the joys—of caring for a pet guinea pig. Includes "Is this pet right for me?" quiz.



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Do You Really Want a Hamster?
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Do You Really Want a Hamster?

9781607532064
Bridget Heos / Katya Longhi

 

Mischievous hamsters (and the narrator) teach a young boy the responsibility—and the joys—of owning a hamster. Includes "Is this pet right for me?" quiz.



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Do You Really Want a Horse?
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Do You Really Want a Horse?

9781607532071
Bridget Heos / Katya Longhi

 

A horse (and the narrator) teach a young girl the responsibility—and the joys—of owning a horse. Includes "Is this pet right for me?" quiz.



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Do You Really Want a Lizard?
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Do You Really Want a Lizard?

9781607537502
Bridget Heos / Katya Longhi

 

Several lizards (and the narrator) teach a young girl the responsibility—and the joys—of caring for a pet lizard. Includes "Is this pet right for me?" quiz.



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Do You Really Want a Rabbit?
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Do You Really Want a Rabbit?

9781607532088
Bridget Heos / Katya Longhi

 

A shy, yet somewhat mischievous rabbit (and the narrator) teach a young girl the responsibility—and the joys—of owning a rabbit. Includes "Is this pet right for me?" quiz.



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Do You Really Want a Snake?
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Do You Really Want a Snake?

9781607537519
Bridget Heos / Katya Longhi

 

Several snakes (and the narrator) teach a young boy the responsibility—and the joys—of caring for a pet snake. Includes "Is this pet right for me?" quiz.



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Do You Really Want a Turtle?
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Do You Really Want a Turtle?

9781607537526
Bridget Heos / Katya Longhi

 

Several turtles (and the narrator) teach a young girl the responsibility—and the joys—of caring for a pet turtle Includes "Is this pet right for me?" quiz.



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Do You Really Want a Bird?
9781607532057
Do You Really Want a Cat?
9781607532033
Do You Really Want a Dog?
9781607532040
Do You Really Want a Guinea Pig?
9781607537496
Do You Really Want a Hamster?
9781607532064
Do You Really Want a Horse?
9781607532071
Do You Really Want a Lizard?
9781607537502
Do You Really Want a Rabbit?
9781607532088
Do You Really Want a Snake?
9781607537519
Do You Really Want a Turtle?
9781607537526

Do You Really want a Pet?

 

So you really want a pet—maybe even an exotic one? The snake will make your whole house its home if you don't give it a proper terrarium, and the turtle may live longer than your parents do! School Library Journal called the first six books in the series “Humorous and lighthearted introductions to the pleasures and responsibilities of pet ownership. Solid care guides for very beginners.” The quiz at the end helps readers decide if the pet they want really is a good fit for them.

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Complete Series of 10: retail $299.50 your price $209.50

READING LEVEL: GRADE 2 AND UP
  • Reinforced Library Binding, eBook

  • Pages: 24

  • Trim Size: 9.25" x 8.25"

Booklist,
October 1, 2013

“In some ways this seems to be designed for the answer to the titular question to be ‘no.’ Because if you really want a bird, you will need a cage; otherwise, ‘your whole house will be a cage.’ And if you forget to feed the bird, it will get sick and need to go to the vet. Well, it will need occasional vet visits anyway. And water. And you have to clean the cage. Well, by the time kids are done reading, they may be a bit deflated at the prospect of a bird for a pet, but they will know what they’re getting into. Part of the Do You Really Want a Pet? series, this has bright, glossy, appealing, and amusing artwork. The quiz at the end clarifies things further, and there’s a list of websites and books. ”—Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal,
November 2013

“Humorous and lighthearted introductions to the pleasures and responsibilities of pet ownership, these volumes have two font sizes: the smaller one moves the text along while the larger one screams off the pages with questions and suppositions. Dialogue bubbles have the potential pets talking. ‘You’re my only friend, shoe. Can I call you Shoezanne?’ bemoans a dog as it chews on a slipper. ‘I’m a little hoarse,’ says a horse. At the end of each title, the animals are asked, ‘But do you really want a person?’ The cat, dog, horse, rabbit, bird and hamster all do, of course. An appended quiz asks, ‘Is this the right pet for me?’ Hilarious cartoon illustrations match up perfectly with the breezy texts. Solid care guides for very beginners. ”—Series Made Simple

"Unpacking a Standard: With Series Nonfiction",
September 30, 2013

“By sharing [Do You Really Want a Bird], teachers can offer students fresh nonfiction options while implementing the specific standard CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.8: Identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text. In each book [in the series]...the author focuses on a different domestic animal and outlines the responsibilities that go along with owning that particular pet. Read this title (and others in the series) aloud to students, asking them to pay attention to the ways that the author crafts her argument. Then, as a class, write a similar book focused on a different animal, using the books in this series as mentor texts. ”—Julie Green, Booklist Online

Booklist, Starred Review,
September 15, 2015

“The Do You Really Want a Pet series, at first glance, might seem a bit lightweight. Don’t let its slim format and jaunty artwork deceive you. The child-friendly text manages to get quite a bit of information into its 24 pages. Beginning each book with “So you say you want a . . . ,” the helpful child narrator then details what taking care of certain pets entails. Guinea Pig introduces this animal’s habits, diet, and required care, especially cleaning the cage. Lizard shows kids how to make a lizard habitat in a terrarium and gives them the pros and cons of one type of lizard over another. Snakes offers similar information and reminds children that larger snakes prefer their dinner alive—but frozen mice will also do. The first question to answer in Turtle is whether you want a turtle or tortoise. Then comes the startling query, “Are you ready to grow old together?,” because turtles can live for decades. All the books do an exceptionally good job of honestly portraying pet ownership without scaring kids off. This balance comes in part from the text’s amusing asides (often coming straight from the animal’s mouth), and the delightful collage-style illustrations. The quiz at the back of each book reinforces the answer to the question, is this the pet for you? ”—Ilene Cooper

This Kid Reviews Books Blog,
January 23, 2016

“This is a great book for deciding if you actually want a guinea pig for a pet or any other animal for that mater. I like how the book goes through the basic necessities of the guinea pig (food, water, a home, etc.) and all that is involved for caring for a pet. It shows you what will happen if you don't take care of your guinea pig, with sometimes funny statements from the guinea pig (about what it is thinking, like "Could I see the dessert menu, please?"). This book belongs to a series called "Do You Really Want a Pet?," and they detail several different common pets. Judging from this book, this is a great series for basic pet research. The illustrations are fun and they add a little humor to the story. I really enjoyed this book! ”—“This Kid,” Erik