Justin Time: The Big Pet Story.
Justin Time: The Big Pet Story
Brandon James Scott, author/illustrator
P.O. Box 31846, San Francisco, CA 94131
9781597020411, $15.95, www.immedium.com
"Justin Time: The Big Pet Story" is the storybook rendering of a Justin Time episode where he imagines keeping a pet elephant, with friends Squidgy (dog) and Olive (girl). Justin imagines a huge pink pet elephant named Tiny. The first rule Olive explains is Rule #1: Elephants need lots of play time! However, problems arise when the playground equipment is not quite sturdy enough to accommodate elephant size play. Olive and Justin discover many other rules of pet care for elephants involving feeding, cleanup, exercise, napping, and more. Hilarious color illustrations orchestrate the efforts of Justin, Olive and Squidgy to meet Tiny's huge care needs. Finally Justin decides taking care of an elephant is more work than he thought it was, and the team decides to seek a wonderful palace zoo with a zoo keeper for Tiny to move to. Tiny even meets a new elephant friend, which makes her very happy. Justin and Squidgy and Olive are happy too, because now they can visit their elephant at the zoo. "The Big Pet Story" is full of ebullient, buoyant, fantasy elements that give it wind in all its sails, especially appealing to children ages 2-5.