Children’s Book Offers Hilarious Take on a Kid’s View of Parents’ Pet Peeves
In the summer of 2013, Milwaukee resident Tom Ryan walked into his six-year-old son’s bedroom, pointed at the clothes, toys and books on the floor and said, “That is my pet peeve.”
Ryan’s son looked perplexed as he walked around his room, looking for the pet his father was pointing to.
Based on that amusing conversation, Ryan wrote Peeve, My Parents’ Pet. In the humorous exquisitely illustrated color picture book, a young boy is determined to hunt down Peeve, the mysterious and mischievous pet his parents talk about so often.
Although his parents’ pet is apparently quite small, Peeve certainly causes a lot of trouble.
Peeve leaves chocolate fingerprints on the piano, toys all over the house, water on the bathroom floor, mud on the carpet and crumbs on the couch.
Peeve can also be found outside the house, at restaurants, and even the grocery store.
I sure hope they can get Peeve under control.
The book, featuring Milwaukee, WI illustrator Kenny Durkin’s bright, funny illustrations, is geared toward children ages three through nine.
Peeve, My Parents’ Pet
Thomas Patrick Ryan
Illustrated by Kenny Durkin
26 pages soft cover, color illustrations throughout, 8.5 “ by 8.5”
Published by Mirror Publishing
Official date of publication September 2014
For more information about the book and the author, visit www.ThomasPatrickRyan.com.
Tom Ryan grew up near Wausau, Wisconsin and attended UW-Madison, where he studied Journalism and Reverse Psychology.
When he’s not coaching youth sports, attempting to grow giant pumpkins or writing Haiku about his train commute, he works in the communications department at Miller Coors. Tom lives in the Milwaukee area with his wife, Kim, and two young sons.
Tom is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators.
Kenny Durkin is an extraordinarily talented cartoonist and illustrator who has worked with numerous musicians and celebrities. He is a member of the National Cartoonist Society. His work can be viewed online at