Patti Cake and Her New Doll

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Girls will adore two-time Newbery Honoree Pat Reilly Giff's sweet, funny picture book adventure about a spirited little girl, her irrepressible dog, and her new doll!

Patti Cake has a new doll.
Her name is On Sale.
She's afraid of the dark--just like Patti Cake.
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Overview


Girls will adore two-time Newbery Honoree Pat Reilly Giff's sweet, funny picture book adventure about a spirited little girl, her irrepressible dog, and her new doll!

Patti Cake has a new doll.
Her name is On Sale.
She's afraid of the dark--just like Patti Cake.
Patti Cake also has a dog named Tootsie--
who makes a big mess out of everything!
Tootsie gets On-Sale all smudgy with nail polish and sticky cake.
But when Tootsie comes into their dark new room that night to tell On-Sale she is sorry, everything begins to feel right.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/11/2013
Patti Cake has a big girl bedroom now, but it’s pretty intimidating (“No one slept in that big bed but me. Even Tootsie”—the dog—“slept in the hall”). So when she finds a doll in a shop that looks a little vulnerable, too (it has a smudge on one cheek, and Patti Cake confides, “Sometimes I get a little smudgy”), she sees an opportunity to become a competent caretaker—only to be met with disaster at every turn. Giff’s (the Fiercely and Friends series) heroine is undeniably adorable—there’s her name, for starters, and her expressions like “greatly dark” and “whooshly cake”—though at times she comes across more like an adult’s idea of a girl rather than a true peer for readers. Bryant (Jo MacDonald Hiked in the Woods) fares better with her straightforward visual storytelling and warm, softly textured watercolor and pencil drawings. She gives the action needed momentum while subtly reassuring readers that the center holds even when chaos breaks out. Ages 3–5. Author’s agent: George Nicholson, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
When Patti Cake, a young girl, gets her own new room and a new bed, her babysitter, Bella, says that she will take her shopping for a new-room present. Patti Cake narrates the story, and tells how her new room turns very dark at night. Patti Cake and Bella go shopping the next day, and Patti Cake finds a slightly smudgy doll in a box. She thinks about how the doll is alone in the dark box, and so she buys her and names her On-Sale. Patti Cake takes her home, cleans her up, and puts a pink belly button on her with some nail polish. Tootsie, her dog, runs over the nail polish, giving On-Sale some new belly buttons. They all have a party with cake, and Tootsie gets excited, eats the cake, and grabs On-Sale. They all end up in a heap, and Patti Cake tells On-Sale that she will clean her up again. When they go to bed, Tootsie comes in and licks On-Sale’s face. As they all go to sleep, Patti Cake thinks that her room is not so dark anymore. Large and lovely illustrations show the characters in all their little humorous adventures. This would be a good book to read aloud to young children, especially at bedtime. Reviewer: Vicki Foote; Ages 4 to 6.
School Library Journal
12/01/2013
PreS-Gr 1—A new bedroom, a new doll, and a mischievous dog create a simple tale about growing up. The first night in her big-girl room leaves Patti Cake lonely and uncertain as not even the dog will sleep in the "greatly dark." Her babysitter takes her on a "new-room" shopping trip, and Patti Cake chooses a slightly soiled doll that she mistakenly thinks is named On-Sale. What follows is an activity-filled day consisting of pink-nail-polish belly buttons, a doll-bathing experience gone wrong, and a celebration interrupted by the dog. On the second night in her new room, Patti Cake is more comfortable with her doll and her forgiven pooch nearby, while even the moon makes an appearance to lighten the mood. Large, sweet illustrations with ample white space show both a smiley child and her bedroom decked out in purples and pinks. Girls who are venturing into a new sleeping situation may find comfort in this reassuring story.—Maryann H. Owen, Children's Literature Specialist, Mt. Pleasant, WI
Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-13
Giff's rather wordy text about a little girl moving to a new room and a big bed may fail to keep young readers engaged, but Bryant's watercolor-and–colored-pencil illustrations add a touch of sweet humor. Patti Cake, dressed in a mix of pink and purple, is excited to get her very "own new room," but when she goes to bed, the "greatly dark" space feels lonely. Unflappable babysitter Bella responds to this news with a trip to Mr. Herman's Everything Store, where Patti Cake finds a doll with "frizzly hair and blush on one cheek." When they get home, she discovers that the doll does not even have a belly button. A quick flick of a nail-polish brush seems to do the trick. Readers can foresee what happens next. The nail-polish spills; Patti Cake arouses Tootsie the dog from her nap in the bathtub; Tootsie tracks nail-polish paw prints all over. The spread with a close-up of the alarmed pup charms. After yet more mishaps, it is finally bedtime, and Patti Cake, the doll and Tootsie curl up in the no-longer-lonely room. Giff's text both runs long and strains too hard to achieve a toddler voice; Patti Cake's too-cute, declarative narration grows wearisome. Books on moving to a bigger bed abound; this title does little to set itself apart. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545244657
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 970,444
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD300L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Patricia Reilly Giff is a two-time Newbery Honor Book author and has written more than sixty books for young readers, including her bestselling Polk Street School series. Her perfect pitch for writing stories that kids love comes from her twenty years as a schoolteacher and reading specialist. She lives in Trumbull, Connecticut, with her husband.

Laura J. Bryant is the celebrated illustrator of over forty-five books for children. Originally from South Florida, Bryant received a degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she studied painting, printmaking, and sculpture. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina, and may be visited anytime on her website, www.laurabryant.com.

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