Each chapter in this book for middle grade readers is told from the perspective of one of the many Rosso children. Each are blessed with a somewhat unusual name, such as Bainbridge, Faustine, Dagwood, and Eberhard. Their mother started naming them using the letter A and working her way through the alphabet with each new child, ending up with 10 children, and 10 unusual names (except for Abigail of course).
When the Rosso family moves from New York City to a big farmhouse in New Jersey, they know it's the perfect time to convince their parents to let them get a pet. She has always said that 10 kids are plenty enough animals for one family, but now that they have lots of room the kids know they can show her how responsible they are and just how important an animal is to them. Working their way through rabbits, turkeys, and birds, the Rosso children try to convince their mom, but with no luck. Once mom shares a surprise of her own though, the children may just get what they wished...and more than they bargained for!
This is an adorable story that both girls and boys can enjoy. I always loved trying to read the book outloud to my brother and probably butchering the kid's names in the process. Now that my verbal skills are a bit more enhanced, maybe I'll give the reading outloud another shot to my own children.