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A pet for Petunia

by Schmid, Paul.

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 15 Libraries 17 of 20 copies
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Summary

Meet Petunia.

More than anything, Petunia wants a pet.

"I'll feed my pet every day," she promises her parents."I'll take her for walks. I'll read stories to her and draw her pictures."

Petunia knows she can take care of a pet, but what happens when the pet she most desires is a skunk?

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In this wry spin on the cuddly pet story, Petunia loves her toy skunk, and she desperately wants to get a live one. Schmid's spare pictures, in simple black lines touched with mauve, show Petunia's daydreams about having fun with her pet, and she plans to read to him, draw pictures for him, and take him for walks. She begs and begs for a real skunk, but her parents refuse. Finally, she throws a tantrum and takes off into the woods, where she is thrilled to meet a real, live skunk, but when she gets close to the sweet, cuddly creature, it sets loose a stench that sends Petunia running. Back home, she cuddles her toy, which she decides is th. perfectly awesome pet. until, while playing in the grass, she spots a. absolutely, totally, major sweet porcupine. Children will recognize Petunia's furious meltdowns with her family as much as the warm, loving attachment to her favorite toy.--Rochman, Haze. Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Extroverted Petunia wears a striped purple jumper and lives a life filled with exclamation points; she "wants wants, wants! a REAL pet skunk." She pleads with her parents, who are never on-camera; it's mostly Petunia's side of the conversation, overheard like half of a cellphone call. Her begging culminates with a rant so impassioned that it fills an entire page with words that start out huge and shrink, line by line, as her protests lose steam: "STINK? How can you say that!...You said no when I wanted a python, too! I bet Katie's parents would get her a skunk." Schmid's (The Wonder Book) line drawings are simple, fluid, and convey lots of valuable information: when Petunia makes a snack for her stuffed skunk, the milk carton on the table leaks where she's ripped it open, betraying her claims of responsible care ("I'll feed my skunk every day. I promise!"). An encounter with a real skunk gets Petunia's mind off pets-briefly. Enthusiastic and single-minded, Petunia makes delightful company; kids will recognize themselves and clamor for rereads. Ages 3-7. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Skunks -- Juvenile fiction.
Parent and child -- Juvenile fiction.
Skunks -- Fiction.
Parent and child -- Fiction.
Humorous stories.
Publisher New York :Harper,2011
Edition 1st ed.
Audience 003-007.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780061963315 (trade bdg.)
0061963313 (trade bdg.)
9780061963322 (lib. bdg.)
0061963321 (lib. bdg.)
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