A Pet for Miss Wright

A Pet for Miss Wright

by Judy Young, Andrea Wesson
     
 

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Miss Wright is a writer. She enjoys her work. Each day she sits at her desk and writes stories with marvelous characters who live exciting lives. But, except for the click-click-click of the keyboard, it is quiet in Miss Wright's office. Too quiet. And too lonely. So Miss Wright decides she needs a pet to keep her company. But finding the perfect pet may not be as

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Miss Wright is a writer. She enjoys her work. Each day she sits at her desk and writes stories with marvelous characters who live exciting lives. But, except for the click-click-click of the keyboard, it is quiet in Miss Wright's office. Too quiet. And too lonely. So Miss Wright decides she needs a pet to keep her company. But finding the perfect pet may not be as easy as it sounds. A mynah bird is too quiet, a cat makes her sleepy, and a hamster running around on its wheel makes Miss Wright dizzy. What's a lonely writer to do? As the happy ending to her story, Miss Wright finds not only the perfect pet but also the perfect helpmate to her work. Judy Young's books with Sleeping Bear Press include the recently released A Book for Black-Eyed Susan and The Hidden Bestiary of Marvelous, Mysterious, and (maybe even) Magical Creatures. Judy speaks at schools and conferences across the country. She lives near Springfield, Missouri. Andrea Wesson studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and has illustrated several picture books, including Not Just Another Moose, Opera Cat, and Argus. She lives in Maryland and would love to live in Miss Wright's house by the beach (but not with a monkey).

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Every day Miss Wright writes stories at her computer. It's lonely work and she longs for company. Enter: a series of pets—myna bird, monkey, fish, hamster and cat—that prove too distracting. The frustrated writer has just vowed off critters when a basset hound takes a shine to her. This dog is not only a restful companion but a literary critic. When Miss Wright reads a story aloud, he guides her to improve it by tail wagging, whining and howling. Andrea Wesson's sprightly illustrations are a perfectly complement for Judy Young's lively pet tale. And what might their happily ever after involve? With their story carefully revised and accepted for publication, the author and pooch sit down, once more, to create the next one. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Because writing is a lonely occupation, Miss Wright seeks the perfect pet to keep her company. The mynah, monkey, fish, hamster, and cat do not live up to her expectations, so she decides that she is finished with pets. The man at the pet store insists she try a dog, and Miss Wright finds him to be the ideal companion. He lets her know with kisses, howls, and other behavior how much he likes her stories, and when the words just do not sound right, the two take long walks to think of better ideas. With her new pet's help, the woman completes a manuscript that is accepted for publication. Cartoon illustrations keep the story lighthearted, although busy patterns on the materials in Miss Wright's house and between pages, along with a lack of unifying colors, diminish the visual appeal. The text may be of particular interest for students studying authors.—Julie R. Ranelli, Queen Anne's County Free Library, Stevensville, MD
Kirkus Reviews

Miss Wright is a lonely writer, tapping away at her computer in her beachfront cabin. She decides to acquire a pet to keep her company, and one by one she tries a mynah bird, a monkey, a tropical fish and a cat. Each pet creates a problem of some sort that interferes with Miss Wright's work or increases her loneliness. Finally she tries a dog, a basset hound that lies quietly near her feet as the writer works. In a delightful and unexpected plot twist, the unnamed dog can read, and he becomes Miss Wright's first reader and, eventually, her editor as well. He even offers a thesaurus and a dictionary as part of his editorial advice. When Miss Wright's book is accepted for publication, writer and dog celebrate together with appropriate howls of delight. Both the story and the illustrations have a light, charming flavor, with understated humor and a sophisticated air that assumes that intelligent children will enjoy this story. The watercolor-and-ink illustrations are filled with swirling lines, and delicate, French-inspired patterns decorate borders and endpapers. The helpful hound is an endearing introduction to the role of an editor, though he really deserves a clever name of his own. (Perhaps in their next adventure...Mr. Basset Buys a Bookshop?) (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585365098
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author


Judy Young's books with Sleeping Bear Press include the recently released A Book for Black-Eyed Susan and The Hidden Bestiary of Marvelous, Mysterious, and (maybe even) Magical Creatures. Judy speaks at schools and conferences across the country. She lives near Springfield, Missouri

Andrea Wesson studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and has illustrated several picture books, including Not Just Another Moose, Opera Cat, and Argus. She lives in Maryland and would love to live in Miss Wright's house by the beach (but not with a monkey).

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