Pet Show!

by Marilyn Roca Enriquez in

Sometimes in publishing, stories come together in ways that one could never have imagined. A year ago, the first issue of OutlooK-12 magazine premiered. From the beginning, we had a School Library section, and the very first book we reviewed was Ezra Jack Keats’ “The Snowy Day.”  Now, with our magazine celebrating it’s first birthday and with the Ezra Jack Keats’ Foundation celebrating what would have been Keats’ hundredth birthday, we are dedicating this month’s School Library to Keats’ timeless children’s books. We would like to thank the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation for the book summaries, fun facts and cover images. To learn more about the foundation’s ongoing activities and events in honor of Keats’ birthday, visit

“Pet Show!”
1972 - ISBN: 978-0142300008

Archie wants to enter his cat in the neighborhood pet show—but where is the cat? Archie keeps on looking even after all the other kids have given up, but his pet is nowhere to be found. Ingenious Archie decides to enter the contest with a most surprising creature!

Fun Fact: The book title on the original cover of “Pet Show!” was not drawn by Ezra—it was the work of kids who had written to him! The cover was changed in later editions, but if you look at the first page, you’ll still see the original letters drawn by Ezra’s fans in the early 1970s.