The Perfect Puppy for Me

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Here is a terrific book for anyone who wants a puppy. Our hero is desperate for a dog of his own. He has dog T-shirts, posters, books, and even a barking clock! But he has to wait until next year when he's ten before he can have a real dog. That gives him lots of time to meet all kinds of dogs and puppies. Next door is Duke, a German shepherd who brings in the groceries; then there's Patsy, a big Newfie who loves to swim! And a little Jack Russell named Tidbit with boundless energy. With so many breeds, how will ...
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Overview

Here is a terrific book for anyone who wants a puppy. Our hero is desperate for a dog of his own. He has dog T-shirts, posters, books, and even a barking clock! But he has to wait until next year when he's ten before he can have a real dog. That gives him lots of time to meet all kinds of dogs and puppies. Next door is Duke, a German shepherd who brings in the groceries; then there's Patsy, a big Newfie who loves to swim! And a little Jack Russell named Tidbit with boundless energy. With so many breeds, how will he ever decide which one is best for him? After visits to the dog show and the dog park, and to see newborn puppies, our friend really gets a feeling for each breed and so will readers. And if you want to know what kind of dog he ends up with, you'll just have to wait and see. That's a surprise!
Illustrated by Jessie Hartland.

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While waiting to get his very own puppy, a young boy spends time with various dogs and describes what the different breeds are like.

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Publishers Weekly
Two paws up for this lively canine compendium, which introduces kids to a kennel's worth of dog breeds. Undecided about what kind of dog he wants, a boy surveys the pups owned by his friends and relatives. There's Dollface, a bulldog nicknamed "Dragon Breath"; Claudine, a poodle who loves to eat butter; and Tidbit, a spunky terrier who tangles with a skunk and must bathe in tomato juice. Into these engaging puppy portraits O'Connor (The Emperor's Silent Army) and newcomer Hartland sprinkle information about the breeds (Jack Russells were named after a 19th-century British dog breeder; Newfoundlands have webbed feet), canine care (dogs can't digest chocolate) and training tips (when teaching a dog to sit, "Use a hand signal"). Written in childlike script, these fun facts and accompanying spot illustrations act as a snappy counterpoint to lengthier chunks of narrative and Hartland's full-bleed exuberant illustrations. A spread of a dog run, for instance, packs in delectable trivia ("Small dogs tend to bark more than big ones"; "Basenjis don't bark, they yodel"). She's adept at capturing the dogs' individual personalities (she shows Duke, a loyal German shepherd, carting his owner's groceries). For its boundlessly energetic images, its down-to-earth tone and its smart advice ("Dachshunds are good city dogs. They don't need much exercise"), this book wins Best in Show. A wonderful starting point for kids who want a dog. Ages 3-8. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Gr 2-4-The boy who tells this amusing, fact-filled tale is looking forward to getting a puppy for his birthday. Before the big day arrives, he sets out on a journey to find just the right kind. Beginning next door with a brave and loyal German shepherd, he carefully gathers facts about a variety of breeds, from Newfoundlands and Jack Russell terriers to cavalier King Charles spaniels. He visits the neighborhood dog run, and goes to the Westminster Dog Show and dachshund parade in New York City. When he learns that Claudine, a smart Standard poodle, and Jackpot, a gentle yellow Labrador, have become parents, he happily adopts a Labradoodle pup. Each page is jam-packed with good advice, useful information, and bright and cleverly detailed paintings that successfully reflect the pertinent traits of the different canines. Incorporated within the illustrations are interesting asides about each animal the boy meets. Dog lovers and families who are preparing to adopt their own perfect puppy will enjoy examining the pictures and reading the entertaining sidebars while following the protagonist on his quest to find his ideal canine friend.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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The first-person narrator of this charmingly illustrated canine tale investigates a variety of dog breeds before selecting a puppy for his birthday gift. The unnamed little boy describes individual dogs he knows that belong to his family and friends, including a few basic facts about each breed and some general information about canine behavior, obedience training, and pet care. Additional information is worked into the design with spot illustrations and hand-lettered text in a childish scrawl, which combine well with the bright colors and naïve style of the illustrations. Some of the expressions in the text may give a few adults pause (references to poop and pee and butts), and some of the information presented as facts might be debated (not all German shepherds are friendly and brave, for example). This will serve as an overall introduction for children in families thinking of acquiring a dog or for reports on dogs or thematic studies in the early elementary grades. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142403358
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.54 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane O'Connor
Jane O'Connor

Jane O'Connor is the author of more than thirty books for children, including the Nina, Nina Ballerina stories, illustrated by DyAnne DiSalvo, and the Fancy Nancy picture book series. Ms. O'Connor lives with her family in ever-posh New York City.

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