Nugget and Darling

Nugget and Darling

by Barbara Joosse, Sue Truesdell
     
 

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Nell and her dog, Nugget, are best friends. However, when Nell finds a stray kitten, everything changes. But then Nell realizes she's hurt Nugget, and she finds a way to show him that he will always have a special place in her heart and beside her bed.See more details below

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Nell and her dog, Nugget, are best friends. However, when Nell finds a stray kitten, everything changes. But then Nell realizes she's hurt Nugget, and she finds a way to show him that he will always have a special place in her heart and beside her bed.

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"The pen-and-ink cartoon watercolors are full of energy and motion. This book is well suited for independent reading, but will also be a great discussion starter when read aloud." School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Nugget, a yellow mutt with expressive eyes, enjoys the companionship of a girl named Nell. But after Nugget finds a homeless kitten and Nell adopts it, their exclusive friendship changes forever. Nell lets the kitten, Darling, sleep on Nugget's golden rug; she even takes Darling into her treehouse, leaving an inconsolable Nugget on the ground below. As in Charlotte Voake's recent picture book, Ginger (Children's Forecasts, Jan. 13), the girl eventually finds a way to assuage her original pet, and the two animals learn to share their space. Joosse narrates at a lively clip, with occasional onomatopoeia ("Wham! The table crashed to the floor. Darling flew in the air.... Mrraaaiw!"). Truesdell's (previously paired with Joosse for The Losers Fight Back) dynamic sketches suggest constant activity-the characters never hold still, and Nugget's scruffy features contrast humorously with Darling's pertness. The characterizations, both visual and verbal, are full-bodied and pleasingly idiosyncratic; while this story treads familiar ground, the execution is uncommonly endearing. Ages 5-8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature
Nugget, Nell's dog, has his owner all to himself, enjoying his full attention�until one day, his owner finds Darling, a stray kitten. This changes Nugget's whole life. Nugget learns to compromise with Darling for Nell's attention throughout the book. Nugget is much like a spoiled child at the beginning of the book, and much like Maurice Sendak's Max. He is used to getting everything he wants and unused to sharing his time with another. Once Nugget does not get his way with Nell, he acts differently to get her attention. Nugget does not want to share his time with Nell. As Nugget learns to compromise to get what he wants, he learns a lot about himself, Darling and Nell. Nugget learns to play with Darling and still have Nell's attention to himself at times. He also learns to love Darling. Nugget and Max, both, can teach us all a lesson about life. 2001 (orig. 1997), Clarion,
— Heather Eargle <%ISBN%>0618111417
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Barbara Joosse also uses animals to introduce and talk about the arrival of a new sibling. It's the story of Nugget who is forgotten, scolded, and deposed when his owner Nell adopts Darling, a small kitten. Finally his young mistress sensing his depression makes a special effort to include and create special time with him.
Children's Literature - Donna Brumby
Nugget, intelligent and sensitive, is a wonderful canine companion for Nell. They spend happy days together playing dress-up and performing their special magic trick, and when nighttime comes, Nugget is pleased and contented to curl up and sleep on the rug next to Nell's bed. Everything is wonderful until Nell adopts a bedraggled, wet kitten that Nugget finds in their yard. Joosse tells this simple, predictable story, but adds a genuine warmth that will bring it to life for many young listeners, perhaps especially those who might be feeling shivers of jealousy themselves at the "intrusion" of a new baby brother or sister. Nugget's realistic, plaintive "what about me?" rings true, whether felt by a faithful pet or a small child. Truesdell does an excellent job of capturing the emotions and gestures of Nugget.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3Nell and her dog, Nugget, are best buddiesuntil Nell finds a kitten, whom she names Darling. As a result of the attention the girl showers on her new friend, Nugget feels unloved and unwanted. He has lost his favorite sleeping carpet to the newcomer, and Nell doesn't tell him jokes anymore. In the end, the child realizes how hurt he is and lets him know just how important he is to her. This dog's plight is nothing new, but the feelings are well presented and the pup is a winner. The story is sure to hit home with any child who feels displaced by a new sibling or classmate. The pen-and-ink cartoons with watercolors are full of energy and motion. This book is well suited for independent reading, but will also be a great discussion starter when read aloud.Jean-Marie Kliphuis, Nesconset Elementary School, NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395645710
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile:
480L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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