My Special One and Only

My Special One and Only

by Joe Berger
     
 

A screwball-sweet story for fans of Knuffle Bunny, Eloise, and Olivia that asks, what if you lost your favorite toy, and someone else called it their own?

After Bridget's wiggly tooth falls out, she finds a shiny golden coin under her pillow. "Hold on tight," Bridget says to Captain Cat, her special-one-and-only toy—it's off to

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Overview

A screwball-sweet story for fans of Knuffle Bunny, Eloise, and Olivia that asks, what if you lost your favorite toy, and someone else called it their own?

After Bridget's wiggly tooth falls out, she finds a shiny golden coin under her pillow. "Hold on tight," Bridget says to Captain Cat, her special-one-and-only toy—it's off to Dinglebang's Toy Store. But in all the excitement, Captain Cat is lost! After a high-speed chase in friend Billy's toy car, Bridget sees another girl pick up Captain Cat—and walk away with him. Bridget manages to get her special one and only back, but now the other girl is crying! So with her shiny golden coin, Bridget buys a Ballet Cat for the girl, a Racing Cat for Billy, and gets herself an I Got Lost in Dinglebang's button. Even better? Bridget has another wiggly tooth . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Three years after her introduction to readers in Bridget Fidget and the Most Perfect Pet, the perpetual motion machine that is Bridget Fidget is back and searching for her lost “one and only,” a nautically themed stuffed toy named Captain Cat. Bridget’s toy goes missing when she is taken to Dinglebang’s Universe of Toys to spend the gold coin left under her pillow by the tooth fairy. Captain Cat is eventually restored to his owner, but not before Bridget makes her way, cyclonelike, through the store with the help of her friend Billy and his new mini�sports car, the Superzoom 500. Berger’s boldly inked cartooning overflows with energy and visual jokes (captions like “Yikes! Now look!” and onomatopoeic phrases like “Kaboof!” are common); he’s at his best when a spread is packed with action. The same goes for Bridget: when she’s not in motion or has a reflective moment—such as when she winds up in a window display and has some “quiet time” (read: throws a tantrum)—the story’s pacing flags. Ages 5�8. (Aug.)
Booklist Online
"With nonstop pep and pace and droll, hyperbolic touches, the animated text and colorfully cluttered cartoonish illustrations capture the chaos and drama."
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Bridget Fidget and her favorite toy, Captain Cat, are inseparable. The child lovingly refers to Captain Cat as her "special one and only." When she receives money for her lost tooth, she takes Captain Cat with her on a shopping trip. Amid the bustle and excitement of the toy store, it disappears. The child is heartbroken; how will she ever find Captain Cat in this large store? With the help of a classmate, she locates her toy and befriends the girl who cared for it in her absence. Bridget's energetic personality is artfully displayed in the colorful illustrations, reminiscent of cartoon animation and complete with sound effects ("Spizzooom!!"). This book is a wonderful choice for children who may have lost special toys of their own and a great companion to Shirley Hughes's classic David and Dog (Prentice Hall, 1976).—Stephanie Rivera, Naperville Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
After getting a coin for her lost tooth, dynamic Bridget sets forth on what she thinks will be an exciting shopping trip only to find she must rescue her most beloved, "special one and only" Captain Cat toy. When Bridget gets to Dinglebang's, "absolutely the best store in the world," her unbridled energy leads her to "spizzoom" through the shop. Along the way, the unthinkable happens: Captain Cat gets hooked on the handle of a customer's umbrella and then dropped into another girl's shopping basket. Bridget is unaware until classmate Billy informs her that Captain Cat is not in her backpack, where she safely packed him. Berger's retro illustration style utilizes techniques found in comic books to augment the ensuing drama. Bright yellow highlights and urgent bold capital letters alert readers to the action in the pictures ("Yikes! Now look!") that is not described in the quickly paced text. Bridget pursues a frantic yet fruitless search that culminates in a spectacular meltdown. But Billy's sharp eye and handy new Superzoom 500 pedal car helps Bridget rescue Captain Cat. "Everyone was happy! / …except the little girl…who'd found Captain Cat…and decided to take care of him." A bright idea and some help from Mommy result in a tidy yet happily satisfying ending. Give to fans of Knuffle Bunny and to any child who appreciates an intense bond with a special toy. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803734104
Publisher:
Dial
Publication date:
08/16/2012
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 10.38(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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