Please, Puppy, Please
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Please, Puppy, Please

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by Spike Lee, Tonya Lewis Lee, Kadir Nelson, Tonya Lewis Lee

Away from the gate,
puppy puppy, please, puppy.
Oh wait, puppy, wait,
please, please, please,

In page after page of tail-wagging fun, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee and his wife, Beacon Award-winning producer Tonya Lewis Lee, take a close-up look at what happens when a couple of high-energy toddlers meet their

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Away from the gate,
puppy puppy, please, puppy.
Oh wait, puppy, wait,
please, please, please,

In page after page of tail-wagging fun, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee and his wife, Beacon Award-winning producer Tonya Lewis Lee, take a close-up look at what happens when a couple of high-energy toddlers meet their match in an adventurous pup who has no plans of letting up.
Irresistible illustrations by Coretta Scott King Award winner Kadir Nelson unleash countless memorable moments of toddlerhood, and puppyhood, which families with four-legged friends will enjoy over and over again.
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Editorial Reviews

Director Spike Lee may not be known for wild chase scenes, but there's an exciting one in his newest work with his wife, Tonya, a TV producer. A young boy and girl struggle to keep up with their high-energy puppy as he bolts through the backyard fence, rolls in mud, and escapes from the bath. But despite his naughty ways, the rascal is irresistible. (His silky, chocolate-colored fur gleams in Nelson's light-infused oil paintings.) Just as in Please, Baby, Please, this follow-up gleefully recognizes the power that little ones have over those who are supposedly in charge. (ages 2 to 4)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2005
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Two young children celebrate the joy and challenges of life with their new pet. Puppy is exuberant, energetic, and as undisciplined as can be. The kids are thrilled with their uncontrollable new friend, chasing him, playing with him, and trying to get him to behave. In the spare text, the authors' repetitive dialogue rings true, echoing the sounds of children's excited screams and squeals. Nelson's illustrations are full of movement, switching perspective often to create a frenzied atmosphere. The children and puppy are appealing, dominating each page and keeping the focus clearly on the action. This book would be fun to read to a group, small or large, and the text is easy enough for beginning readers.-Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Two adorable African-American preschoolers, a boisterous puppy and a marmalade cat are the characters in this exuberant story suitable for children from toddlers to those just learning to read a few words on their own. The two children care for the puppy as he gets into mischief: escaping from the yard, rolling in the mud, getting a bath and fetching a ball. The deceptively simple text features short, rhyming couplets of the children's pleas for the puppy to behave, interspersed with a refrain of variations of the words in the title. The words in the refrain are printed in varying type sizes corresponding to the level of the puppy's antics and the children's resulting frustration, adding an extra dimension to the repetition. Nelson employs a wide range of perspectives in his vibrant oil paintings, sometimes showing the children as the puppy would see them, from below. A memorable climactic spread (with no text) shows the puppy bringing his ball back to the children, showing that the kids really can control their puppy after all. (Picture book. 2-6)

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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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10.20(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 4 Years

Meet the Author

Spike Lee is one of the most prominent and influential media figures today. His films include the critically acclaimed School Daze; Academy Award nominee Do the Right Thing; Malcolm X; Clockers; and 25th Hour. Born in Atlanta, Spike attended Morehouse College and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he earned his master of fine arts degree in film production. Spike and his wife are the authors of Please, Baby, Please, their first picture book with Simon & Schuster. They live in New York City with their two children.

Tonya Lewis Lee is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Virginia School of Law. As a children's television producer she has worked with Disney, Nickelodeon, and Noggin/The N, where she was the executive producer of the award-winning documentary I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education and the critically acclaimed miniseries Miracle's Boys. She is also the author of Gotham Diaries, her first novel.

Kadir Nelson is an award-winning American artist whose works have been exhibited in major national and international publications, institutions, art galleries, and museums. Nelson is the illustrator of many beloved, award-winning, and bestselling picture books including, We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, winner of the Coretta Scott King and Robert F. Sibert Award; Thunder Rose, written by Jerdine Nolen, which received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award; Ellington Was Not a Street, written by Ntozake Shange, which received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award; Hewitt Anderson’s Great Big Life, written by Jerdine Nolen, which won the 2005 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal; and Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya by Donna Jo Napoli called “stunning” by Kirkus Reviews in a starred review. He is also the illustrator of Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan’s Salt in His Shoes and Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee’s Please, Baby, Please and Please, Puppy, Please. Kadir Nelson lives in Los Angeles.

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Please, Puppy, Please 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
readmeLC More than 1 year ago
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
"Please, Puppy, Please" has a detailed and eye-catching cover. The eyes of the children and the puppy are so very innocent looking that you will want to pick-up this book to find out about the storyline. Inside this picture book the illustrations are so attractive they are sure to maintain young readers' attention. The text of the book is plain, simple, and easy for young listeners' to follow, and they may want to hear this book several times during the day. And the repetition of the words will assist young learners to develop language and listening skills.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 3 year old son received this book as a gift. He can't get enough of it and has already memorized the entire story. I love to hear him "reading" this story to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My children enjoy this book because it makes them laugh. I enjoy reading it because the illustrations are absolutely beautiful. The detail is just amazing...not unlike Please Baby Please, where although a different artist, the illustrations are also breathtaking. Pick up both!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a teacher of 1 yr olds and let me tell you . . . . . this is the most torn up book of all! hehehe If you know a lot about 1 yr olds then you know that translates to 'they love this book soooo much'. They always ask for it and they know the book by heart! You cant go wrong if you add this book to your collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a teacher and my young toddlers love this book!! I recommed it for any parent or teacher!