Katie and the Puppy Next Door

Katie and the Puppy Next Door

by John Himmelman
     
 

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Katie is surprised when Ruby, the new puppy next door, comes for a visit. Ruby runs right into Katie's house and starts playing—with Katie's favorite things! She even eats Katie's food! Katie thinks this is terrible, and she chases Ruby away. But Sara Ann is disappointed. She wants Katie to share. She says sharing is fun. But Katie has her doubts about that!

Overview

Katie is surprised when Ruby, the new puppy next door, comes for a visit. Ruby runs right into Katie's house and starts playing—with Katie's favorite things! She even eats Katie's food! Katie thinks this is terrible, and she chases Ruby away. But Sara Ann is disappointed. She wants Katie to share. She says sharing is fun. But Katie has her doubts about that!

Editorial Reviews

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“Katie and Ruby and their kitty friends enjoy themselves; young readers will enjoy them too.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Himmelman's pencil and watercolor illustrations were rendered in soft blues, greens, and purples. Emotions are expressed through the pictures, and sound words appear in different colors and fonts.” —School Library Journal

“* Katie is the very picture of openheartedness, confusion and contrition, and readers will root for her from the very first page.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review on Katie Loves the Kittens

“Himmelman's charming watercolor-and-ink illustrations depict a character sure to earn the affection of young readers.” —School Library Journal on Katie Loves the Kittens

“Delightful . . . gloriously comic.” —The Wall Street Journal on Katie Loves the Kittens

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
When Sara Ann tells Katie that their new neighbors are coming over, Katie wags her tail politely. A rambunctious Ruby bursts through the door, barking loudly. When Katie reaches the living room, Ruby is playing with the cats. She is about to explain that the cats are her friends, when Ruby dashes to the kitchen and eats from Katie's bowl. Next, Ruby finds Katie's squeaky bone and starts chewing it. Ruby is definitely not a polite visitor. Elizabeth takes Ruby home. The next week, Sara Ann tells Katie that Elizabeth and Ruby are coming again. She tells Katie to share with Ruby. Katie sulks in her bed while Ruby plays on the floor with the cats; she controls her unhappiness when Ruby eats her food; and she watches Ruby chew on her toy. Then Ruby brings the squeaky bone to Katie and challenges her to a tug-of-war. They spin in circles. Katie is having fun. Both dogs drop the toy and chase through the house yipping loudly and upsetting furniture. Tired and thirsty, they drink from the same bowl. The two dogs flop on Katie's pillow. The cats join them. The actions and feelings of the dogs are clearly expressed in colorful pictures on white backgrounds. A fun book about sharing. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Katie, the dog introduced in Katie Loves the Kittens (Holt, 2008), is not happy when Sara Ann's friend brings her dog along for a visit. Ruby eats Katie's food, chews her toys, and plays with her feline friends. Katie doesn't want to share, but she changes her mind when she realizes that Sara Ann is unhappy with her rude behavior. The next time Ruby visits, Katie grumbles, but she doesn't interfere with Ruby's fun. When her guest initiates a game of tug-of-war with Katie's favorite toy, Katie realizes she can be happy sharing. Himmelman's pencil and watercolor illustrations were rendered in soft blues, greens, and purples. Emotions are expressed through the pictures, and sound words appear in different colors and fonts. Children who are possessive of their belongings may see themselves in Katie.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
A jaunty hound learns to share and play nicely with her next-door-neighbor dog in this sequel to Katie Loves the Kittens (2008). This time, Katie has to learn to get along with Ruby, a boisterous dachshund new to the neighborhood. When Ruby comes over for visits, her pushy personality is in full display, as she steals Katie's toys and food and the attention of the three kittens Katie considers her special friends. Gradually, Katie and Ruby work through their issues and become friends, concluding with a charming, wordless final page that portrays the two dogs and three kittens curled up together on Katie's dog bed. The text is rather wordy and too often tells rather than shows what is developing between the two dogs, but the animated illustrations in watercolor and pencil elevate the text with depictions of the spirited encounters between the two dogs and the kittens. Readers see Katie shake with frustration and sigh with resignation, with the letters s-i-g-h cleverly spelled out on the carpet in front of her. Katie's emotions are amusingly on display as she learns to grin and bear it, with touching results as Ruby becomes her friend. Katie and Ruby and their kitty friends enjoy themselves; young readers will enjoy them too. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805094848
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
03/19/2013
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,244,760
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

John Himmelman is the author and illustrator of more than sixty books for children, including Chickens to the Rescue, Pigs to the Rescue, Cows to the Rescue, and Katie Loves the Kittens, which was a Children's Choice Book Award Finalist. He lives in Connecticut with his family.

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