By: James Roy and Lucinda Gifford
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Walker Books
Published: 01 May 2016
ISBN: 9781922244949


It's Pet Day at school but Joe doesn't have a pet. Can Chook come up with a plan to help his friend?

Chook's friend Joe doesn't have a pet to bring to Pet Day. To cheer him up, Chook decides they should try to find him a pet for just a day. But Joe is so sad he can't even come up with a plan. (And that's his best thing.) Can Chook think of a plan to help his friend? And will he be brave enough to carry it out?


This is a great new series about Simon Doolan, or Chook as he is always called, because he is not a very brave boy. It is perfect for younger readers that picks up on the areas of their lives that matter to them and that they are concerned about. The books are easy to read and humorous and, whilst our main character is a boy, girls will relate to his stories too.

In The Newest Pet, we see Chook try to help his friend Joe find a pet for their ‘Bring a Pet to School Day’. But for all his effort and bravery, it appears that his plan to help Joe hasn’t worked at all.

Joe will just have to not have a pet. Or will he?

Reviewed by Sam