Pinky and Rex and the New Neighbors

Overview

Who is moving next door to Rex?

Rex's neighbor, Mrs. Morgan, is going to move, and Pinky and Rex will miss having her nearby. The big question, though, is who will buy Mrs. Morgan's house? And will they have nice kids to play with? When an obnoxious boy named Ollie comes to see the house with his family, the prospects seem gloomy. Little do Pinky and Rex know that the new neighbors will provide a solution to what to do with Pinky's pesky little...

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Overview

Who is moving next door to Rex?

Rex's neighbor, Mrs. Morgan, is going to move, and Pinky and Rex will miss having her nearby. The big question, though, is who will buy Mrs. Morgan's house? And will they have nice kids to play with? When an obnoxious boy named Ollie comes to see the house with his family, the prospects seem gloomy. Little do Pinky and Rex know that the new neighbors will provide a solution to what to do with Pinky's pesky little sister, Amanda.

Rex and her best friend Pinky are upset to learn that their friend and neighbor Mrs. Morgan is moving, and it looks like a family with an obnoxious boy named Ollie is set to move in.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Mrs. 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
Gr 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689800221
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight
  • Publication date: 3/11/1997
  • Series: Pinky and Rex Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,445,519
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

James Howe is the author of more than ninety books for young readers, including the modern classic Bunnicula and its highly popular sequels. In 2001, Howe published The Misfits, the story of four outcast seventh-graders who try to end name-calling in their school. The Misfits is now widely read and studied in middle schools throughout the country, and was the inspiration for the national movement known as No Name-Calling Week (NoNameCallingWeek.org), an event observed by thousands of middle and elementary schools annually. There are three companion novels to The Misfits: Totally Joe (2005), Addie on the Inside (2011), and Also Known as Elvis (2014). Howe’s many other books for children from preschool through teens frequently deal with the acceptance of difference and being true to oneself. Visit him online at JamesHowe.com.

Melissa Sweet has illustrated more than eighty children’s books, including the Caldecott Honor book A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant. She also wrote and illustrated Tupelo Rides the Rails; Carmine: A Little More Red, which was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book; and Balloons Over Broadway, a picture book biography that was named a 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction Picture Book. When she is not in her studio, Melissa can be found taking an art class, hiking with her dogs, or riding her bicycle. She lives with her family in Rockport, Maine.

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