Puppy Who Wanted a Boy

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Petey the puppy has one wish for Christmas: to have a boy of his very own. But boys are in short supply this year, and he can't seem to find one who is just right!

When Petey the puppy decides that he wants a boy for Christmas, he discovers that he must go out and find one on his own.

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Overview

Petey the puppy has one wish for Christmas: to have a boy of his very own. But boys are in short supply this year, and he can't seem to find one who is just right!

When Petey the puppy decides that he wants a boy for Christmas, he discovers that he must go out and find one on his own.

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Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
“Affectionately drawn, warmly colored illustrations…” (1985 reissue)
ALA Booklist
“Affectionately drawn, warmly colored illustrations…” (1985 reissue)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Petey, a puppy, wants a boy of his own for Christmas, but never expects to find so many who want to offer him a home; a re-illustrated version of the favorite story. A Reading Rainbow selection . Ages 3-8. Oct.
Publishers Weekly
The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy by Jane Thayer, illus. by Lisa McCue, is also newly available. The 1958 text, about a puppy who asks his mother for a boy for Christmas, was illustrated by McCue in 1985. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A timeless favorite is given a fresh new look with expressive crayon illustrations. Petey the puppy is in search of a boy of his own for Christmas. Every time he spots a potential one, the boy's dog chases him off. His search leads Petey to a Home for Boys where a lonely newcomer sits forlornly on the steps. All ends happily for Petey when a kind lady invites him inside and a wide-eyed group of boys begs to keep him. Curling up in his makeshift bed, Petey is proud to have not one but "fifty boys for Christmas." Updated text and illustrations (the orphanage has become a Home for Boys and the boys more ethnically diverse) exude warmth and charm. Petey with his curly coat and wistful face will win over a new generation of readers. It has all the magic and joy of the holiday season and will make a perfect gift. It is reassuring to know that some things just get better with time. 2003 (orig. 1958), HarperCollins, Ages 3 to 8.
—Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 What a pleasure it is to welcome a new edition of Jane Thayer's charming book, first illustrated by Seymour Fleishman Morrow, 1958. More than anything in the world, Petey, a puppy, wanted a boy for Christmas. Nothing else his mother suggested would do, and none of the other dogs would give him their boys. Dejected, Petey passes the Home for Boys where a lonely newcomer sits on the steps. Petey has found not one boy, but 50 boys full of love. McCue's puppy is a frisky, impish dog-pound special, closely resembling her Sebastian, the Super Sleuth of Mary Blount Christian's novels Macmillan. However, where Sebastian is portrayed with scratchboard, Petey and friends are in naturalistic watercolors highlighted with crayon. The ``Orphan's Home'' of the earlier edition has become a Home for Boys; minor changes in the text are in keeping with evolving life styles; the interracial boys are in cords, blue jeans and sneakers. With updated text and illustrations, an old friend has a new personality, and Petey is virtually guaranteed another almost 40 years of popularity with the picture book crowd.Virginia Opocensky, Lincoln City Libraries, Nebr.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060526986
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/27/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.24 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Thayer was the pen name of Catherine Woolley. Ms. Woolley lived in Truro, Massachusetts, until her death in 2005.

Lisa McCue is the acclaimed illustrator of more than one hundred books for children, including Part-time Dog and The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy, by Jane Thayer, and Irving Berlin’s easter parade. She is also the designer and creator of Fuzzytail Greetings, her own line of greeting cards. Ms. McCue lives with her family in Annapolis, Maryland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Was going through my old stuff in my old hometown to decide what

    Was going through my old stuff in my old hometown to decide what to leave in storage and what to bring to my new home. I found it in a tub with my old Berenstain Bear books.
    Brings a tear to my eye every time I read it, partly because I want a puppy for myself, but I don't have the time or money right now to commit to one. 

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    Cute, Creative and Encouraging

    This is such a creative little story! Having read it for several years to my children (we have the 1988 edition) I hope to someday be able to read it to their children and get them each their own family copy.

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

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    Delightful!

    I believe this is my favorite children's book. The story is sweet and the illustrations are wonderful. I have read this book over and over to my children and now will read it to my grandchildren. If you want only one child's book, this should be it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Children's Christmas Story

    Children get the opportunity to see the viewpoint of a dog. The book explores the idea that dogs enjoy us, as much as we enjoy having them in our lives. I use it in my classroom and all the children make an ornament out of a dog biscuit after the book is finished.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2004

    This book is great!!

    I read this book when I was little it was awesome. I recomend it for all little kids it's great!!1

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    Posted March 27, 2011

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