August 6, 2019 from Penguin Random House and Nancy Paulsen Books
You may even turn out to be a tardigrade person, at least if you read Jessie Hartland’s MY TINY PET (Nancy Paulsen Books, 32 pp., $17.99; ages 4 to 8). Tardigrades, as you know, are microscopic animals sometimes referred to as water bears, which can survive in harsh conditions. This spring they made news as payload on a private Israeli space mission that crashed into the moon; they were meant to be part of a “lunar library,” along with human DNA and most of Wikipedia in English.
Anyway, in Hartland’s whimsical yet informative book — informative, if you care to learn about tardigrades — they are the perfect pet solution for the young narrator, whose family keeps downsizing and who has already given up all manner of feline, canine, avian and piscine companions.
* “What's a kid got to do to get a pet when the parents subscribe to the tiny house philosophy? . . . Hartland's ingenuous gouache illustrations are chock-full of playful, humorous details, and the book's fresh storyline exposing the tiny world of tardigrades will have an undeniable appeal to young readers. Visually, crisp dialogue bubbles mix with text and full-bleed illustrations to create a lively, engaging presentation (including an author's note with tardigrade fun facts). . . . Original, superinteresting, expertly presented.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Paint[ed] in a playfully harried art style. . . . An author’s note about the fascinating creatures concludes this clever story perfect for the era of tiny living.”—Publishers Weekly