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One rainy night, a little white dog needed something to eat and a place to sleep. He went looking and found something he didn't expect--a home.

A little white dog that nobody seems to want finds just the right home--and a name.

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One rainy night, a little white dog needed something to eat and a place to sleep. He went looking and found something he didn't expect--a home.

A little white dog that nobody seems to want finds just the right home--and a name.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A homeless unloved pup becomes one lucky dog in this tender picture book from the distinguished pair who produced Waiting for the Evening Star and the picture-book adaptation Lassie Come-Home. When a fortuitous bump in the road saves him from the dogcatcher's truck, a young West Highland white terrier is left to wander the streets looking for food and shelter. The dog receives only harsh replies when he barks at several doorsteps, and the darkness, rain and strange noises make his nighttime search all the more frightening. At "number seven Elm Road," however, the pooch hits the jackpot, finding kindhearted Lucy and Fred, who adopt him and name him McDuff. Wells's short declarative sentences ("Rain poured down"; "He needed something to eat") convey a dramatic tension that is sure to grip young readers. The seamless pairing of deliberately ambiguous phrases ("But someone said, "Hiss!" from the woodpile") with illuminating artwork (an angry cat perched on the woodpile) encourage the sort of lively guessing-game reading experience that toddlers and preschoolers love. Jeffers's cool-hued and creamy paintings sparkle, lit by intense moonlight, while McDuff, Lucy and Fred all radiate contentment and joy. Lucy and Fred's cozy home, period kitchen appliances and enormous automobile also suggest a 1940s-Americana setting. While dog lovers especially will enjoy this tail-wagging treat, kids in general will look forward to the further adventures of the plucky Westie. Ages 2-5. (Apr.) FYI: McDuff Comes Home ($12.95, -317-7) will be published simultaneously, and more McDuff books are planned.
Publishers Weekly
The wiley Westie returns in McDuff's Wild Romp by Rosemary Wells, illus. by Susan Jeffers, in which he heads off to Aunt Frieda's with the baby, and winds up besting the woman's cat for the baby's Turkey Tidbits and wreaking havoc in the process. Joining this square paper-over-board format are reissues of McDuff Goes to School (0-7868-5676-9), McDuff Moves In (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Trina Heidt
One rainy night in a quiet, sleeping town, a little white dog bounced out of the back of the dogcatcher's truck to find that he was quite lost and very hungry. So began McDuff's adventure, the one that led him to a place he didn't know he was looking for... a home. Award winners Wells and Jeffers have combined to make McDuff a lovable character that will warm the hearts of youngsters. If you enjoy McDuff Moves In, be sure to check out another collaboration between these two, McDuff Comes Home.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2When readers first meet McDuff, a West Highland white terrier, he is unloved and unnamed. The darkly dramatic title page features a truck with bright headlights traveling down a winding road. A bump in the road facilitates the escape of the lone occupant from the dogcatcher's truck, and the friendless pup's search for a place to sleep and food to eat begins. Frightened and bedraggled, he wanders from house to house. Finally, Lucy and Fred take him in, feed him vanilla rice pudding with sausage and then get in the car to return him to the pound. Unable to do so, they decide to keep him. Jeffers's richly hued, framed illustrations are action-packed yet subtle and soft. Her attention to detail transports readers to the seemingly simpler times of the late 1940s and early `50s, evidenced by the enamel-topped kitchen table, the old-fashioned automobile, and Lucy's crimped hair. Wells hones her words, and readers are rewarded with such images as "the moon smiled full on the world." She makes this simplicity seem effortless. Perfect for reading aloud, as well as for emerging independent readers, this successful collaboration is not to be missed.Alicia Eames, Brooklyn Public Library
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2--A personable pup is rejected at several doors before finding a loving home, complete with an herbal bath and vanilla rice pudding. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
A little white dog that nobody wants tumbles off the dogcatcher's truck and into the home of Lucy and Fred in a story from Wells (Bunny Cakes, p. 67, etc.) that recalls a time when compassion wasn't in such short supply.

After his fall from the truck, the little white dog goes from house to house, barking at doors and garnering chilly responses from growling dogs and hissing cats. A young couple in pajamas, robes, and slippers, rousted from their beds, invite the bedraggled dog into their home to feed and bathe, and then set out for the pound. Before they've gone far, they admit to each other that they don't want to take the dog back. A late-night feast of McDuff's Melt In Your Mouth Shortbread Biscuits gives the dog his new name: McDuff. Cars, appliances, and textile prints set this several decades ago; Jeffers works in a painterly style that complements the unadorned text: "He needed something to eat. He needed a warm place to sleep. So he went looking." In atmosphere and outlook, this book—the first in a series—is a kindred spirit of Marjorie Flack's Angus stories from the 1940s.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786856770
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 6/15/2005
  • Series: McDuff Series
  • Edition description: Ages 2-5
  • Pages: 28
  • Age range: 1 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.12 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2000

    Not just for preschoolers

    Anyone who has ever had, or even known, a Westie will love this book. This series of books will be a wonderful addition to any library. Don't be turned off by all of the other Reviews describing how your 3-5 year old will love it, so will you. It is not the written content that will get you, it's the pictures.

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

    McDuff is addictive. Once you are introduced to McDuff you need more of him.

    Wonderful illustrations.
    Very colorful and true to life depiction of McDuff.

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