Review: A Perfect Pet for Peyton by Rick Osborn & Gary Chapman

May 15, 2014

Title: A Perfect Pet for Peyton
Author: Rick Osborn & Gary Chapman
Illustrator: Wilson Williams Jr.
Publisher: Northfield
Pages: 64
ISBN: 978-0-8024-0358-2
Publication Date: March 2nd, 2012

The 5 Love Languages ® for Kids!

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Join twins Peyton and Penny as they celebrate an amazing birthday adventure with the help of some very special friends.  #1 New York Times bestselling author Gary Chapman and Rick Osborne, award-winning author of books for kids and teens, have teamed up on a book both kids and parents will enjoy. Kids will love the fun story and the full-color illustrations by Wilson Williams, Jr. (complete with hidden details). Parents will appreciate the chance to help their kids learn how we all give and receive love differently.
I was introduced to the 5 Love Languages for Kids by Gary Chapman a few years ago (ok, more than a few) when I was studying child development. From there I went on and read the adult version, and I have to say, it was interesting and very spot-on. It is helpful in knowing how to connect with people and understand what type of affirmations worked and didn't and understanding who had what traits.

I will say, I hadn't thought about introducing the Love Languages to children, nor did I know how to go about it. Because in all honesty, if I spoke with my little one, she would say gifts! She would feel so much love with as much stuff as you could buy her. It's the lovely age of give me, but I know, those gifts only offer her a short time of joy.

This book presented in such a fun and understanding way that helps kids understand, that not everyone is a hugger, or some people love to give to others to show their love, while others love to build others up with positive words. This story presented all of these fun observations as the story unfolded surrounded with the fun idea that the children in the book would be paired with their perfect pet at the end that matched their love language.

The Perfect Pet for Peyton was also a fun interactive book. So, while the parent could read to the child, the child could search out the different prompts from the book, I failed miserably at one, finding all the bugs, but it was a fun scavenger hunt for the kiddo. There were animals galore which is a plus in the kiddo's point of view, she wanted all the ones listed.

A Perfect Pet for Peyton was an easy to understand story that was fun to read along with.

Too Read
4 out of 5

About the Author:
GARY CHAPMAN, PhD, is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The 5 Love Languages. With over 30 years of counseling experience, he has the uncanny ability to hold a mirror up to human behavior, showing readers not just where they go wrong, but also how to grow and move forward. Dr. Chapman holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively, MRE and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has completed postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina and Duke University. For more information visit his website at

RICK OSBORNE is a bestselling, award-winning author of both parenting and children's books. One of Rick's main goals is to create resources that help families develop loving relationships and peaceful, happy homes. Among the many children's books he's written and coauthored are, 'The Legend of the Christmas Tree,' 'The Legend of the Christmas Stocking,' and the '101 Questions Kids Ask About God' series. These have sold millions of copies and have been translated into many languages. Rick has coauthored books with Dr. John Trent, Josh McDowell, Larry Burkett, and Dr. Gary Chapman. He helped write and produce the booklet 'The Most Important Story Ever Told' which has had over 50 million copies distributed around the world. Find out more by visiting

Thank you to MP Newsroom, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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