I decided to knit him an indoor chicken to supplement the pressie. I used a very soft angora wool blend in grey for the body and the just scraps I had left over for the other bits. I have to say I was seriously impressed by the book. There are some corrections (http://www.scribd.com/doc/54787878/KPpets-errata-Rav) but the patterns themselves are amazing. The level of shaping is fabulous and after some time doing very stylised amigurumi and similar it was a lovely change.
He loved the chicken and so did I - I might need to make another one soon!