Charlotte has always really wanted a pet, so when her parents present her with one for her birthday she expects a cat, dog, or maybe a bird. Read more...
Charlotte has always really wanted a pet, so when her parents present her with one for her birthday she expects a cat, dog, or maybe a bird. Instead, she receives a rock. Rocks can't cuddle, fetch, or even help her eat her vegetables, but that doesn't stop Charlotte from loving her rock as if he were real. If only he could love her back...or can he?
- ISBN-13: 9781101993897
- ISBN-10: 1101993898
- Publisher: Dial Books
- Publish Date: March 2017
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 3-5
- Dimensions: 9.6 x 9.5 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-01-23
- Reviewer: Staff
Knowing that their daughter craves a pet, Charlottes parents, with great fanfare, present her with a large rock. Charlotte, who has glasses and pigtails and looks a tiny bit dorky, is a good sport: It wasnt quite what Charlotte had in mind, but she tried to remain positive. Cotterills (No More Bows!) droll ink drawings show Charlotte naming her rock Dennis by tipping it out the window onto a grid of names written in chalk on the sidewalk. We chose it together! she tells a neighbor proudly. Charlotte discovers things she and Dennis can do together (read, dress up as superheroes) but mourns that Dennis cant love her back. When Dennis hatches (spoiler: hes an egg), he delivers unexpected joy. Readers who expected Charlotte to reconcile herself to Dennis may resist the egg ex machina, while those looking for excitement may be frustrated by the long setup. But Martins (Robot Smash!) dry humor delivers giggles (You said what ate your homework? Charlottes teacher snaps), and so does the concluding reversal of fortune. Ages 35. Authors agent: Laurie Abkemeier, DeFiore and Company. Illustrators agent: Kirsten Hall, Catbird Agency. (Mar.)