A delightful picture book about a little girl who is so very sure she wants a fluffy pet rabbit and NOT a scaly, scratchy bearded dragon called Spike . . . But when a fussy, grouchy, messy rabbit comes to stay, she discovers they aren’t necessarily as adorable as they seem. Spike saves the day and Rita is very glad to be rid of the rabbit and very in love with her speckled, scrawny, spiky pet.
A very funny text wonderfully complemented by Hannah Peck’s witty artwork.
“A wry tale of being careful what you wish for, with quirky art from Peck.” – Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
“An excellent picturebook in so many ways. It gently explores themes such as being careful what you wish for and not judging by appearances, well worth further exploration. The writing is of the highest quality, as you would expect from such a well-respected and talented poet, and it reads aloud beautifully. I love the alliteration which is used to great effect to describe the two pets. Hannah Peck’s illustrations capture Rita’s changing emotions with subtlety and provide a rich context to discuss her feelings. This is a perfect story for Early Years and Infant classrooms.” Just Imagine
“Sure to make you giggle and full of heart and charm, we think little ones will love joining Rita’s story (and discovering that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side!). [An] adorably funny tale of being careful what you wish for.” BookTrust
“I think many of us will have experienced or witnessed a “Rita moment”, the disappointment of not getting the present you hoped for. Through a series of hilarious events, Rita learns that you can’t judge by appearances and we should appreciate what we have.” – Picture Book Perfect