Charlotte and the Rock – by Stephen W. Martin, illustrated by Samantha Cotterill, Dial Books for Young Readers, (9781101993897), 2017.
Rating: 1-5: (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5
What did you like about the book? When Charlotte asks for a pet; she’s not choosy. Dog, cat, hamster, even a pig would be fine. Instead, for her birthday, her parents give her… a pet rock. A large one. Charlotte does her best to make the situation work. She focuses on the positives, noting that the rock is a good listener, quiet and easy to train, and hypoallergenic. On the other hand, walks are not fun, and she can never use the excuse that her pet ate her homework. Charlotte invents games they can do together and they often wear hilarious matching outfits. She loves her pet; she just wishes it could love her back. In a plot twist at the end, Charlotte’s care is rewarded in a surprising and satisfying way.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No, this is perfectly wonderful!
To whom would you recommend this book? This would be a fun read aloud for a story time theme of unconventional pets paired with books like I Won A What? and Dear Zoo.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries and public libraries.
Where would you shelve it? Shelve with other picture books.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA
Date of review: 3/18/17