Prudence wants a pet

by Daly, Cathleen,

Format: Print Book 2011
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Prudence wants a pet. Desperately.
"No," says Dad, "pets cost too much to keep."
"No," says Mom, "pets make noise."
But Prudence is determined. She finds her own pet. It is a...branch. But Branch isn't exactly the pet of her dreams, and neither are Twig, Mr. Round (a car tire), or her baby brother Milo.
Poor Prudence. Will she ever find the perfect pet?

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Despite the admonitions of her parents (only shown from the waist down), Prudence wants a pet. She tries out some creative alternatives, such as Branch (a tree branch), who lives on the front porch and only eats a little air. After tripping Prudence's father eight times Branch becomes Twig, who doesn't seem to need anything until it runs away in the washing-machine's rinse cycle. An old shoe (known as Formal Footwear), a car tire (known as Mr. Round), and other unlikely pets also come and go until Prudence's determination and impending birthday result in a real, fluffy, kissable pet. In ink-and-watercolor illustrations, Prudence and her parents are drawn with squiggly lines and their clothes filled in with colorful patterns, but it's Prudence's expressive, sometimes googly eyes that create the idiosyncratic blend of humor and charm. Although Fiona Roberton's Wanted: The Perfect Pet (2010), Emma Dodd's What Pet to Get (2008), and numerous other kid-seeking-pet titles have flooded the market, collections should still make room for this amusing variation.--Leeper, Angel. Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Waifish Prudence, whose parents refuse to get her a pet, compensates by adopting inanimate objects-and, in one especially ill-advised scenario, her baby brother. She first selects a tree limb ("Its name is Branch"), which her father consigns to the woodpile after it trips him eight times. She moves on to a brown men's dress shoe named from its label, Formal Footwear, which she twirls and balances to create the illusion of tricks. In her first picture book, Daly (Flirt Club) chronicles Prudence's misplaced affections-for things like a twig, a tire named Mr. Round, and disappointing "sea buddies" ordered from an ad-in resigned shrugs of sentences, rife with understated humor. (Of the sea buddies: "Dry animals in a package? They come to life in water? Prudence is so excited she can hardly stir.") King (Leaf) pictures Prudence's passive-aggressive charade in loose pen-and-ink sequences reminiscent of Quentin Blake's sketch art. Prudence does not complain outright, yet her doe-eyed, pathetic performance finally moves her parents to supply a kitten. This sly story suggests nonwhiny-if sometimes mischievous-ways to bend the most stubborn wills. Ages 4-7. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Pets -- Juvenile fiction.
Pets -- Fiction.
Girls -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Roaring Brook Press,2011
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors King, Stephen Michael, illustrator.
Language English
Notes "A Neal Porter Book."
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 18 x 29 cm
ISBN 9781596434684
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