Illustrator Videos: Bob Shea on How to Draw a Prehistoric Pet

Compiled by Cynthia Leitich Smith

How fun is this? Bob Shea, the illustrator of Me Want Pet! (written by Tammi Sauer)(Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2012), shows us step-by-step how to draw a dodo bird

a whoolly mammoth

and a sabertooth tiger!

Cynsational Notes

From the promotional copy of Me Want Pet! by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Bob Shea (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2012): 

Cave Boy wants a pet more than anything. Can he find one that the whole family will agree on?

Cave Boy has lots of things. Rocks. Sticks. A club. But no pet!

Cave Boy decides he must have a pet, but his parents object. He brings home animal after animal in hopes of overcoming his parents’ steadfast resistance, but his attempts are unsuccessful—until he finds a Dodo bird that is literally on the verge of extinction.

And in a twist ending on a classic concept, Cave Boy and his family discover it’s worthwhile to have animal friends around.

With snappy text that is short, fun, and young, Me Want Pet! makes for an ideal read-aloud for the milk-and-cookies set.