Pinky And Rex And The New Neighbors (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)by James Howe, Melissa Sweet
Illustrations appear on nearly every page of this chapter-book series featuring the friendship of Pinky and his beloved dog Rex.
Children's Literature - Marilyn CourtotMrs. Morgan is moving and Pinky and his friends Rex aren't very happy. She has been a good friend who offered lemonade, cookies and sound advice. Now that she is older, it is difficult to take care of her house, so she has decided to move into a retirement community. Once her house goes on the market, Pinky and Rex anxiously watch as potential neighbors come and go. It appears that obnoxious Ollie is going to move in, but things take a very different turn much to everyone's surprise and pleasure.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 1-3Mrs. Morgan, the elderly neighbor who first appeared in Pinky and Rex and the Mean Old Witch (Atheneum, 1991), has decided to sell her home and move to a retirement complex. Pinky and Rex are sad that their friend is leaving and worry about who might buy her house. For a time, it appears that a family with a very obnoxious child might be moving in. The two friends discuss the move with Mrs. Morgan and visit her in her new apartment. All ends happily when a different family does at last arrive. As usual, Pinky and Rex's feelings are respectfully explored and addressed. They reminisce over their friendship with their neighbor, bid her a tender farewell, and are comforted to find her settling in at her new residence. The ending may resolve things just a tad too nicely for some readers (the new family includes a friend for both Pinky's sister Amanda, and Rex's baby brother), but it will reassure children facing a move or the move of a friend. Sweet's pleasant watercolors accentuate key moments in the story.Marilyn Taniguchi, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
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