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Rediscover this wacky, twisted tale about the pitfalls of pet-keeping, especially when you are a dog and your pet is a person!

Rex, the dog, is desperate to get a pet person for his birthday, but his parents say NO! Everyone knows that people are vicious, smelly and impossible to train. So Rex is delighted when he finds a stray boy to play with. Having a pet person is just so much fun! Or is it. . . ?

Join in the fun of the topsy-turvy world of The Pet Person in this hilarious tale from the award-winning partnership of Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross.


The 'dream team' are united once again in this energetic, role-reversal tale.


Welcome reissue of a favourite tale from A-list picture book creators.

Lovereading, featured reads

Hilarious tale. Great dialogue, superb characterization. I'd forgotten just how good this book is.

Red Reading Hub Blog

Laugh-out-loud funny. Illustrations are a delight.

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    March 2, 2015


    32 pages

    RRP $19.99

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