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Don't Worry, Wags
     

Don't Worry, Wags

by Christophe Loupy, Eve Tharlet (Illustrator)
 

In this sequel to "Hugs and Kisses," Hugs's littermate Wags takes center stage. A worrywart, Wags nervously joins her parents and siblings on a trip to town, and when she gets separated from her family, her worst fears seem to be coming true. A savvy market cat offers good advice: Go back to where you last saw your family. But it is Wags's woeful cries that

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In this sequel to "Hugs and Kisses," Hugs's littermate Wags takes center stage. A worrywart, Wags nervously joins her parents and siblings on a trip to town, and when she gets separated from her family, her worst fears seem to be coming true. A savvy market cat offers good advice: Go back to where you last saw your family. But it is Wags's woeful cries that save the day, reuniting her with her loving mother. Like her brother Hugs, Wags will owrry her way into the hearts of young readers.

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Publishers Weekly
Loupy and Tharlet (previously paired for Hugs and Kisses) balance humor and sympathy in this tale of a worrier par excellence faced with a truly anxiety-provoking situation. Separated from her family on her first trip to the crowded farmer's market, Wags the puppy endures a series of frights and mishaps before being reunited with her loved ones. A nanny goat and a scruffy cat each offer assistance and reassurance: " `Don't worry, Wags. She can't be far,' said the goat." And: "`Now, now. Don't worry, Wags,' said the cat. `Wait here while I look for a policeman to help.' " Tharlet's full-bleed watercolors, in cheerful country hues, complement the warmth of Loupy's story: with occasional comic touches, both text and illustrations soften the pathos of the small puppy lost in a sea of human legs. In one scene, for example, the delicious scent of sausages distracts Wags from her woes; she ends up running away from the butcher with a long link of sausages caught around her neck. By the conclusion, Wags has mastered her fears; the illustrations show Wags's littermates in adorably childlike poses (including one puppy nestled atop the father's back), allowing readers to experience the same sweet relief as the protagonist. Ages 3-5. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735818491
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
02/20/2003
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.96(w) x 11.54(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Chritopher Loupy began his professional life as a teacher and has used that experience in creating his beloved books for children. He also is an accomplished screenwriter.

Knister lives in Germany.

Eve Tharlet lives in France.

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