Pratt quirkily illustrates the droll canine point of view with thickly colored, soft-edged brush strokes. Spare facial lines comically express canine and baby reactions. These two will fetch delight in Jenkins's clever take on new arrivals.” Starred, Kirkus Reviews
“Jenkins...is quietly making a career...as one of the freshest, most evocative, and most accessible picture-book writers of family life. Pratt's paintings are suffused with warm tones and furry-textured brush strokes that comfort even during the dogs' anxious moments. The book's unerring identification of the sore spots of dethronement...will definitely strike chords of recognition in young audiences.” Starred, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Jenkins's funny and well-paced text flows smoothly.” Starred, The Horn Book
“This delightful twist on the frequently explored topic of pets displaced by infants will tickle children's funny bones. Both the author and illustrator demonstrate wonderful insight into pet psychology and family dynamics, and the elongated style of the vibrantly colored artwork strikes just the right note of humor and whimsy.” Starred, School Library Journal
“Jenkins's gift for melding irony with empathy results in the kind of resonant and quotable text that youngsters will demand to hear again and again. Pratt's wry paintings are in perfect sync. Will strike a chord with any child who's ever wondered how soon that new baby can go back to the hospital.” Starred, Publishers Weekly
PreS-Gr 1-This delightful twist on the frequently explored topic of pets displaced by infants will tickle children's funny bones. The story is told from the points of view of the descriptively named Marshmallow and FudgeFudge. This doggie duo dislikes the intruder in their home, whom they refer to as "that new animal." While their people once used to dote on them, they now devote precious play and belly-scratching time to that funny-smelling newborn. When their humans even dare to scold the two for whining and barking, FudgeFudge comes up with a number of solutions to get rid of the newcomer. She suggests eating it, burying it with their bones, and lying on top of it, but settles for chewing up a few books and dolls. Tired of being the pair's more mature voice of reason, Marshmallow expresses his displeasure by peeing on the carpet. A visit from Grandpa puts matters in a new light as the suddenly protective dogs reason that "It is our new animal to hate as much as we want to," but Grandpa better not try to pick up the baby. Both the author and illustrator demonstrate wonderful insight into pet psychology and family dynamics, and the elongated style of the vibrantly colored artwork strikes just the right note of humor and whimsy.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Fudge Fudge and Marshmallow do not like the new animal, not one bit. Their people stop throwing sticks and tossing balls to the two dogs just so they can sit and look at the new animal, even kissing "it" when it cries. The dogs consider eating it, burying it, and sleeping on top of it in the cradle; then, someone else arrives, called Grandpa. Just like the new animal, he smells differently from dogs, but when he tries to pick "it" up, the dogs bark loudly; after all, it's not his new animal, it's theirs, "to hate as much as want to." As the new animal (a baby, of course) crawls its way into the dogs' hearts, they realize they can like "it" just a bit after all. Jenkins quirkily illustrates the droll canine point of view with thickly colored, soft-edged broad strokes. The elongated humans reflect canine perspective and doughish-shaped heads while spare facial lines comically express canine and baby reactions. These two will fetch delight in Jenkins's clever take on new arrivals. (Picture book. 4-8)