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Prudence Wants a Pet
by Cathleen Daly and Stephen Michael King


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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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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?"

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781596434684
  • ISBN-10: 1596434686
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publish Date: June 2011
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-7


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-05-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

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)

 
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