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A Pet for Petunia
by Paul Schmid


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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?  Read more...


 
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More About A Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid
 
 
 
Overview

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?


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780061963315
  • ISBN-10: 0061963313
  • Publisher: HarperTorch
  • Publish Date: January 2011
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 9.31 x 9.26 x 0.39 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Mammals

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-01-03
  • Reviewer: Staff

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.)

 
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