Rita is a little girl with a big personality.
Whatsit is a dog without a name.
Rita enjoys dressing up, running around, and being in charge. Whatsit enjoys chewing on things, sleeping, and cheating at checkers. Together, they are perfect friends.
In this, the first book of a new series, Rita is not pleased with any of her birthday presents...until one of them starts running away.
|Publisher:||Chronicle Books LLC|
|Product dimensions:||8.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.60(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Jean-Philippe Arrou-Vignod was born in Bordeaux, France. He is a teacher, editor, and the author of many books for children and adults. He lives in the suburbs of Paris.
Olivier Tallec has illustrated many books for children. He lives in Paris.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Rita and Whatsit," written by Jean-Phillipe Arrou-Vignod with illustrations by Olivier Tallec is a story about a grumpy birthday girl named Rita. She is in a bad mood and thus none of her presents are what she wants. Her last present, however starts to move around the room. Intrigued, she opens it to find a dog inside. However, Rita is determined to stay in her bad mood. She threatens to put the dog back in the box if he doesn't stop hiding, yells at him to stop sleeping, threatening to name him Floor mop. But, she finally decides that the perfect name for a dog without a name is Whatsit. To her surprise, Whatsit replies, "That's perfect!" Although she is stunned that Whatsit can talk, they decide that they will be great friends.This book has really cute illustrations which are simple but convey a lot of the emotion in the text. The book doesn't seem to have much of a didactic message and it's overall themes are confusing and would not be easy for a child to understand. Rita comes across as mean and this is not reasoned or dealt with in the end of the story.