While I am not saying My Pet Feet is an OMG THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER! I am saying it was the little something I was looking for when I read it. It is a book you need to sit and enjoy. Do not rush or you will miss some of the kooky humor Josh Funk has written.
I do enjoy the concept and presentation. My “not a five” is because the fact certain words do not flow easy when the letter R is missing from them and that would make it for a slightly difficult read-out-loud. And the ending was obvious and not necessarily a needed twist. Otherwise, the crazy and fun adventures of one girl and her pet feet… I mean ferret… endure when they hunt down the missing letter of the alphabet is a delight and a good book for you and your child, grandchild, and school library.
One of my favorite things about the story is our narrator is believable. They are not just “superhero great.” She makes mistakes, realizes it, apologizes, and then goes on to save the day. The characters are diverse without it being “in your face” and that helps move the story along smoothly.
Illustrations by Billy Yong are equally fun and goofy. The missing letter is an important edition to the library as it shows that you can get radically different things: ties instead of tires; feet instead of a ferret; a fiend instead of a friend. The pages are perfectly detailed, and while busy, not necessarily overwhelming. You do need to watch for the gems hidden among them, but it will be fun to play seek the joke! The colors are bold, popping off the page. The images are charming, but not something you would say is “cozy” to the eye. Yet they are not unseeming.
All ages can enjoy, but the older reader/listener might get the most of this new take on the alphabet.