Mary Margaret and the Perfect Pet Plan

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Mary Margaret thinks her life would be perfect if only she had a pet. She's tried to convince her parents that she can handle the responsibility, but her mother is too busy worrying about having a baby, and her father is allergic to dander. The irrepressible eight-year-old concocts all sorts of crazy schemes (including selling handmade "poop purses" to neighborhood dog walkers) and suffers many mishaps on the way to becoming big enough inside to earn something warm and fuzzy to love. Mary Margaret's effervescent ...

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Mary Margaret thinks her life would be perfect if only she had a pet. She's tried to convince her parents that she can handle the responsibility, but her mother is too busy worrying about having a baby, and her father is allergic to dander. The irrepressible eight-year-old concocts all sorts of crazy schemes (including selling handmade "poop purses" to neighborhood dog walkers) and suffers many mishaps on the way to becoming big enough inside to earn something warm and fuzzy to love. Mary Margaret's effervescent personality will make her popular with fans of Junie B. Jones, Ramona, and Amber Brown.

During the summer that she turns nine, Mary Margaret tries very hard to persuade her parents to let her have a pet, makes a new neighbor friend and helps her brother keep an old one, and looks forward to the new baby's arrival because then her mother will be less "crabby."

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Mary Margaret is desperate for a pet. But with a father allergic to dander and a very preoccupied pregnant mother, things look bleak. All during summer vacation she dreams and schemes about her dilemma. First, she sneaks a wayward rat into the house, thinking "Lester" could become her pet. That does not work because the owner comes to claim Lester, who turns out to be "Bridgette," and Mary Margaret does not think her mother would like a pet rat anyway. To placate her pet-crazy daughter, Mary's mother buys an ant farm, which her daughter insists is not like having "real" pets. Mary Margaret is somewhat more excited when her brother brings a turtle home from camp. The problem is that this turtle is a predatory snapping turtle. "Crash" must go to the nature center, orders Mom, after only a few days. As the summer drags on, this almost 9-year-old comes up with her own great idea. Mary enlists her older brother's help in making "Number two Totes" for sale. She figures that she can make enough money selling these pooper scoopers to buy a dog and keep him in a kennel. Mary Margaret's plan does not come off quite like she expects, but she and her parents reach a satisfying compromise. In the process, this likable protagonist grows from a self absorbed eight-year-old to a considerate nine-year-old, who is not afraid to pitch in with chores and help take care of her new baby sister. All in all, Mary Margaret's summer turns out okay. She meets a new neighbor, who turns out to be a best friend. She and her mother cannot go back to how things were before the baby entered their lives. But, luckily, Mary Margaret has started to see things differently and she has a new appreciation for how the family asa unit is supposed to work. Young readers will love this story. Although girls will be more likely to take it up, there are two male characters that have a strong presence in the book—Mary Margaret's 13-year old brother, and Andy, her dog-loving, violin-playing new best friend. 2004, Dutton Children's Books/Penguin Young Readers Group, Ages 8 to 10.
—Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Irrepressible and talkative Mary Margaret desperately wants a pet, but her father is allergic to most animals and her pregnant mother is feeling overwhelmed. However, these minor problems cannot keep the almost-nine-year-old down, and she devises several schemes to accomplish her goal. Thinking to make enough money to buy a dog and pay for its kenneling, she makes "Number Two Totes," a fashionable alternative to the plastic bags she sees dog walkers carrying, but sales are slow. In the meantime, some animals do come her way, but only temporarily-she has to give back the tame rat she found, the ant farm is uninteresting, and the turtle her brother JT brings home from camp turns out to be of the ravenous snapping variety. Also, she worries that her relationship with her mother will never be the same when the new baby is born. After Liza's arrival, things are different, but Mary Margaret finds that change might not be too bad. Her parents, impressed with her new attitude, buy her a rabbit. MacLean's heroine is lively, spirited, and full of energy. All of the characters are well drawn and the narrative sparkles with humor. A significant subplot concerns 13-year-old JT's changing relationship with his longtime best friend, who has fallen in with a new crowd. Children ready to move on to a more challenging read after Beverly Cleary's "Ramona" books (HarperCollins) will enjoy Mary Margaret's predicaments.-Terrie Dorio, Santa Monica Public Library, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Her neighbor, an awkward, necktie-wearing, violin-playing eight-year-old named Andy, intrigues Mary Margaret, but it's the sight of his puppy, Itzy, that makes her hatch a plan to get a pet-any pet. Her three-point plan includes designing and performing a song to persuade or probably irritate and, then, manufacturing Poop Packs, or Number-Two totes, invented to sell to neighborhood dog walkers. Finally, she decides to make herself useful around the house, even if it means cleaning the toilet. Unfortunately, with a new baby on the way, a sarcastic brother, and a father with a dander problem, Mary Margaret's perfect plan might just flop. Beyond the pet campaign, Mary Margaret is dealing with an even larger issue, whether their family is just too full to bring in another baby. The fast-paced dialogue is funny, smart, and right on target. Irresistible. (Fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525471837
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Christine Kole MacLean is the author of Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms, illustrated by Mike Reed, of which School Library Journal wrote: "A good pick for sparking pretend play and maybe even an occasional embrace.

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