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Publishers Weekly
When his one-year-old sister throws his favorite baseball cap in the toilet, it's the last straw for Peter the rabbit, and he decides to put Emily up for sale. But nobody needs a baby, even though he keeps changing his sales pitch. "Her skin is soft as a rose," he tells Mrs. LaPlante the gardener. "When you tickle her tummy, she makes a happy sound," he tells Mr. Diaz the antique dealer. But when Emily toddles toward an oncoming car, Peter has a revelation: she needs him. The volume is heavy on text, but Koller (Someday) characterizes Peter as an earnest, likable fellow, especially between the attempted transactions, when he tries to keep Emily in check ("No more pooping!" he says after yet another deal fails to go through) and he succumbs to her charms in spite of himself. But overall, the book feels distant and uninspired. Pedersen (Mildred and Ed) frames virtually all her watercolors from the same head-on perspective, so that the pictures' geniality quickly turns innocuous, and Peter's evolving emotional state not to mention Emily's life-threatening encounter with traffic is drained of visual drama. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Peter's younger sister has finally pushed her brother too far. The long-suffering boy has tolerated her noises and smells and messes, but when she puts his brand new baseball cap in the toilet, he's had enough. He plops her into a wagon unceremoniously and pulls her through town shouting, "Baby for sale." Various neighbors and merchants listen with varying degrees of sympathy as Peter attempts to pawn off his sibling on the townspeople. En route, Emily manages to bite, poop, and generally wreak havoc in a way that only toddlers can. All of the grown-ups wisely decline Peter's offer of the little tyke and it's not until she nearly meets with harm that Peter is reminded of his great affection for her. All of the characters are whimsically drawn rabbits. This sweet, recognizable family story is well matched by humorous cartoon illustrations with child appeal.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Fed up at last after finding his cap in the toilet, Peter plops little Emily into a wagon and tries to peddle her to the neighbors. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on one's point of view, Emily turns out to be a hard sell-" 'Say Peter,' he told her. 'Poo-pee,' said Emily, tugging at her diaper"-and by the time he's been pinched and bitten, had to chase after her, and twice saved her from disaster, she's back in his good graces. Pedersen (Bravo, Mildred and Ed, not reviewed, etc.) depicts her all-rabbit cast in fine-lined, pale watercolors, capturing both Peter's irritation and Emily's innate cuteness to a tee. The plot may not be that new, as readers of Martha Alexander's Nobody Asked Me If I Wanted a Baby Sister (1971), Morse Hamilton's Little Sister for Sale (1992), and the like can attest-but rare is the big sib who won't sympathize with Peter's impulse, or understand his eventual change of heart. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761451068
  • Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.04 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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