“Pets do some things naturally that can kind of match our Love Language. When you find one that matches your, that’s a perfect pet pal,” Gary Chapman and Rick Osborne write in their children’s book, "A Perfect Pet for Peyton."
Part of the 5 Love Languages Discover Book series, this sixty-four page oversized hardbound targets preschool to early elementary school aged children who enjoy stories about friends, pets, and animals. With no scary or violent scenes, the book may appear lengthy to young readers. Due to some complicated wording, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers.
Illustrator William’s small to full page colorful drawings grace every page, with expressive facial details. Having added small insect pictures hidden on every full page as well as picture games looking for specific animals make it fun for almost any age bracket.
In this Christian-based story, it is twins Peyton and Penny’s birthday. After a quick prayer and breakfast, their parents surprise them with a trip to Mr. Chapman’s Perfect Pet Pal Emporium, complete with other friends coming and a birthday party with presents.
When the children arrive, they visit the aviary, barnyard, aquarium, and reptile area, while each child tries to figure out what perfect pet they would want. They take a pizza and ice cream break, open presents, and watch a balloon performer. On the roller coaster ride, Peyton gets wet and is sad when he cannot find his perfect pet.
Mr. Chapman explains five love languages of quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, physical touch, and acts of service to the group, showing each child his or her personal pet and why it was chosen. Before it is Peyton’s turn, he has to leave but the children figure out which pet is the best for the birthday boy. In the end, everyone is happy that they have a special love language that matches their selected pet.
After the ending, there is a two-page quiz to help readers decide which type of love language they are. With seven questions under each of the five topics, their special personality can be determined.
Although the read could be long for young readers, the concept of knowing one’s personality is engaging. With some of the tiny insects hard to find on the full pages, children will have to take time to search for them, hopefully also grasping the concept of a love language.
Thanks to Moody Publishers for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions. Rated 4.5 stars due to length.