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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Children's Book Review: Peeve, My Parents’ Pet by Thomas Patrick Ryan, Illus. by Kenny Durkin

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from the author, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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And now off to the world of a children's imagination....

In the summer of 2013, Milwaukee resident Tom Ryan walked into his six-year-old son’s bedroom, pointed at the clothes, toys and books on the floor and said, “That is my pet peeve.”

Ryan’s son looked perplexed as he walked around his room, looking for the pet his father was pointing to.

Based on that amusing conversation, Ryan wrote this book, Peeve, My Parents’ Pet.


A young boy is determined to hunt down Peeve, the mysterious and mischievous pet his parents talk about so often. Although his parents' pet is apparently quite small, Peeve certainly causes a lot of trouble. Peeve leaves chocolate finger prints on the piano, toys all over the house, water on the bathroom floor, mud on the carpet, and crumbs on the couch. What kind of unusual pet is Peeve? And why do the boy's parents let such a wild pet live in their home? Both children and adults will relate to this humorous story, which will likely lead to a discussion about their own pet peeves.


This book is aimed at ages 3-9, but the entire family will enjoy the humor and Kenny's fun illustrations! Parent will recognize themselves in most of the illustrations, as will their kids!  Parents of boys will be nodding their heads at all the escapades their "pet Peeve" aka da kid, gets into! In fact, this would be a cute book to give to a new mother of a baby boy at a baby shower, as a warning of things to come! We laughed our way through the book, and you will too!

About the Author:

Tom Ryan grew up near Wausau, Wisconsin and attended UW-Madison, where he studied Journalism and Reverse Psychology. When he's not coaching youth sports, attempting to grow giant pumpkins or writing Haiku about his train commute, he works in the communications department at Miller Coors.  Tom lives in the Milwaukee area with his wife, Kim, and two young sons.

About the Illustrator

Kenny Durkin is an extraordinarily talented cartoonist and illustrator who has worked with numerous musicians and celebrities. He is a member of the National Cartoonist Society. His work can be viewed online at www.durkinworks.blogspot.com

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