Can you imagine what it would be like if all the wild animals came inside your house? Just imagine how much fun you would have! At least that’s what the boy in this story believes. He imagines all the things that he can do with the animals, like go for an elephant ride or play hide-and-seek. Every few pages he describes the many sounds inside the house, like crash…bash…zoom…boom. There is also some repetition that the little ones will enjoy saying with you …
“The walls would tremble. The (cupboards) would shake.
Oh, what a terrible mess we would make!”
Daddy and Mommy get upset with all the animals, but the boy is just having too much fun. But all those animals can be very destructive. The boy soon realizes that it is not all fun and games. With all the animals taking over the house, it also means less for him. In one scene, the illustrator Marc Brown has fun. He includes Arthur and D.W. on the TV show that the rhinos are watching. When it is time for bed, the animals fill his bed, leaving the boy to sleep on the floor with his sister. And not all the animals have the same sleep schedule, so there never is any peace and quiet! The boy soon discovers that maybe his dog and kitten are enough for him.
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