Dr. Potts, My Pets Have Spots – Rod Hull, illustrated by Miriam Latime

 Dr. Potts, My Pets Have Spots – Rod Hull, illustrated by Miriam Latimer, Barefoot Books, (9781782853190), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  3

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  In a story told in rhyming text, Mr. Betts takes his pets to Dr. Potts, the veterinarian, because they all have red spots. “A spotty fish, a spotty cat,/a spotty snake, a spotty rat,/ A spotty rabbit, a spotty frog,/a spotty canary, a spotty dog.”  This refrain will be repeated throughout the book with a change in adjective. Dr. Potts prescribes a green potion, which gets rid of the spots, but produces stripes.  Different color potions are tried, but the blue makes the pets grow beards, the yellow makes them cry and the red makes them shrink. Finally, all is well as Dr. Potts tells Mr. Betts to feed his pets and they’ll return to normal size.  The bright cartoon-like illustrations add to the fun.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  Some of the rhyming is a bit forced: “‘Dear me, dear me,’ said Dr.Potts,/And searched through her book/ ’til she came to ‘spots.’ ‘Now strawberries suffer from botrytis. It seems your pets have…spottyitis.’”  

To whom would you recommend this book?  This would be a fun read aloud for story times about veterinarians and pets.  

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?   Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  7/24/17             

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