Brother vs. sister, dog vs. cat. This wasn’t your everyday disagreement, this was war.
Brother vs. sister, dog vs. cat. This wasn’t your everyday disagreement, this was war. “The Pet War” by Allan Woodrow tells about the adventures Lexi and Otto have during their month of war.
Otto, an eleven year old boy, wants a dog. His twelve year old sister, Lexi, wants a cat. Mom wants neither. “This was the difference between having a true blue friend (dog) or having an annoying suck up hairball (cat).” Kids can relate to this story. Dogs provide companionship to their owners. Companionship is loyalty. Cats provide company to their owners. Company keeps their owner from growing lonely.
In the beginning, Otto tries to protest that having a dog would be great and that you can get exercise by walking them. Then, Lexi comes in and ruins it. She makes all these posters that tells mom that having a cat would be better and less expensive. Mom gets so tired of the arguing that she said, “The first person to raise $500 by the end of the month gets to choose which pet we get, whether it is a dog or cat.”
“This should not be war. This should be a friendly competition.” In my opinion, this is a good rule for everyday life. However, Otto and Lexi don’t follow this and ruin each other’s plan in making money. Otto does some bad things to Lexi and later feels guilty about it. Lexi is the older sibling, and the more responsible one, doesn’t do anything bad to her brother.
If you like realistic fiction, or you are trying to convince your parents to get a family dog or cat, I suggest you read “The Pet War”. I would give this an age limit of 9 or older, because there were some difficult words that I was confused about the meaning, and had to ask an adult.