The Pet: Cautionary Tales for Children and Grown Ups

Digby David wants a pet, but not just any pet – it has to be TWICE as big as Reuben’s guinea pig and even better than Lily Jean’s cat. Digby David’s Daddy does what he’s told, and soon Digby has a guinea pig, which he loves with all his heart… for half a day. Digby demands bigger and better, Daddy’s hair gets greyer and greyer, and when Digby’s dog gets boring too, he insists Daddy buy him… a gorilla! 

A hilarious tale with a ‘be careful what you wish for’ message, especially if you wish for a gorilla and don’t look after it properly.

Illustrated by the bestselling illustrator of the ‘Mr Gum’ books, David Tazzyman. Published by Macmillan.

Available to buy here.


  • Oscar’s Book Prize – Shortlisted
  • Hull School Library Services – World Book Day Book 2023
  • Coventry Inspiration Book Awards ‘What’s the Story?’ – WINNER
  • Leicester Schools Y2 Best Picture Book Award – Shortlisted
  • Stockport Children’s Book Award for Picture Books – Shortlisted

For a brilliant reading of The Pet check out Storytime with Hannah & Patrick – it is fabulous!

If you’d like to draw your very own Gus then please see the draw along below! Drawn by me and inspired by David Tazzyman’s fab illustrations!

The Pet Draw-a-long!

If you’d like to make your very own Paper Plate Gus then see below for a brilliant craft provided by the super talented Adele Darlington (@Mrs_darl on Twitter) who has a fabulous book of art activities for primary school teachers available here.

Please find below some downloadable activity sheets for The Pet: