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"Let's Get a Pup!" Said Kate

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  402 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
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A little girl's dream comes true -- twice -- in this outstanding picture book from gifted author/illustrator Bob Graham. After her cat, Tiger, dies, Kate needs another companion to love, someone to keep her feet warm at night. "Let's get a pup!" she proclaims as she bounces in bed with Mom and Dad. The young parents are quite cool with the idea
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Candlewick (first published June 4th 2001)
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Jun 27, 2013 Laima rated it really liked it
Great story!
I really like that the family is more representative of what people are actually like today. Mom has a tattoo, dad wears t shirts; the house is messy, not perfect. These laid back and understanding young parents take their daughter Kate to a shelter to adopt a pup. They end up adopting two dogs; a young spirited pup named Dave and an old, big dog named Rosy.

Kate is happy now that she has two new friends to keep her company since her cat Tiger died.

I like the message that this book s
Mar 15, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kathryn by: Lisa Vegan--thank you!
I love this book so much it's difficult for me to write a review. It is, for me, absolutely perfect. It's the story of Kate, who wants a puppy and gets one. But it is so much more than that. It's about loving something so much you will never get over missing it, but you will come to realize your can love again. It's about having expectations for what you want in your new companion--and finding it. And then being surprised that you might still need more. It's about realizing that the heart can ho ...more
Lisa Vegan
Jan 26, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: kids who want to adopt or have adopted an animal companion; all kids who like dogs
Recommended to Lisa by: Jo

From the incredibly lovely and poetic last line all the way back to the start of the book, this story is wonderful. It’s about a family who had a cat that died, and now go to adopt a dog, and end up with somewhat more than they bargained for.

The story and pictures are very poignant and also funny. Great rhyming too!

This is a wonderful book about dog adoption and it’s also about a wonderful and normal family, but a slightly unconventional one too. And the author-illustrator made some
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Oct 27, 2015 Kelly H. (Maybedog) rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kelly H. (Maybedog) by: Abigail A.
This book has received numerous awards and it's no surprise why. It stars off as a typical book about a kid who wants a dog but ends up a loving tribute to dogs in shelters everywhere.

Here's the gist of the story and why I think it's so great:
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May 19, 2015 Carolinee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Even though this picture book seems to depict an ideal story because of the happy family who easily agrees to adopt two dogs, it also presents the ordinary side of life. Parents have easy-going attitude towards life, they have tattoos and piercings, wear baggy clothes and their house is quite messy. However, they create a loving family for their daughter. They care about each other, spend a lot of time together and hug quite often. I think that the book presents a good attitude towards animals w ...more
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Mar 17, 2012 Randie D. Camp, M.S. rated it really liked it
Recommended to Randie by: Kathryn
Shelves: picture-books
Great story with thoughtful illustrations. Brought my 5 year old son to tears, not sobbing tears, but tears that mean the story touched his heart. He recently lost a pet fish and just generally loves animals.

I recommend this book to all pet lovers.
Apr 28, 2010 Jo rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: animal lovers, dog lovers, anyone and everyone considering getting a dog!
Kate wakes up one morning and decides she wants a pup to keep her feet company at the end of her bed (her cat Tiger used to do this but Tiger died last year) so the family heads off to The Rescue Center. The center for dogs without a home. The center for dogs all alone. There they find all kinds of different dogs but fall in love with a pup named Dave and he's all that they want.

Until they see Rosy. An old, gray dog who struggles to her feet and stands politely looking at them. Now this is the p
Chelsie Morrison
Oct 29, 2012 Chelsie Morrison rated it really liked it
Shelves: international
"Let's Get a Pup!" Said Kate gives a very modern look into the lives of a family searching for dog. Kate's cat has just died and she is left very lonely. Kate decides that she would like to get a pup and asks her parents for one. Her parents browse through the paper and see an add for the Rescue Centre for dogs without homes. At the centre they fall in love with a small dog named Dave. On their way out, however, they meet a dog named Rosy whom they also love. Realizing they can't take all the d ...more
Debi Rutter
Dec 15, 2013 Debi Rutter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely book for young children, the characters are accessible, reflecting as they do, modern family life - parents with piercings and tattoos! The characters really talk to the readers, with simple but meaningful text.
The story is about choosing the right dog from a rescue centre, but discovering that what you think you want might not always be what you need. The family decide to replace a dead cat with a puppy, to sleep on the end of the bed where the cat used to sleep. This little s
Jan 04, 2012 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
I must admit that the parents in this story made me do a double-take the first time we read this book. They are certainly not the conventional image of parents we see in most picture books, and I doubt I would have ever seen a book like this when I was a child. But I suppose that it reflects the changing styles of contemporary society, with tattoos and piercings becoming more of the norm.

The story is very sweet and I love that the family adopts from the pet shelter. The narrative is short and e
May 02, 2012 Nadine rated it it was amazing
A picture book which could be used in lower KS2, tells the story of Kate's exciting journey of choosing a dog from a rescue centre. At the rescue centre Kate and her parents look at all the different dogs in the rescue centre and they see Dave, an excited and "brand-new" dog. However they then see Rosy,an old, grey dog, they have chosen Dave so they have to leave Rosy behind. Kate and her parents make a wish for Rosy, as they leave her in the rescue centre. The next day they all feel the same fo ...more
Jan 03, 2011 Peacegal rated it really liked it
Shelves: humane-education
Let’s Get a Pup! Said Kate is a wonderful book for humane education, dealing with pet loss, shelter adoption, and adopting older pets. Every animal shelter with an outreach program needs this gem on their bookshelf.

Let’s Get a Pup!’s illustrations are unique in that they are very real, in a way not normally seen in children’s picture books. The family’s home is cluttered in the way that homes tend to be. Dad has an earring, and Mom has a flower tattoo on her arm. (Considering that 40 percent of
Lauren Williams
May 01, 2013 Lauren Williams rated it really liked it
This book was so cute! It shows a struggle that almost every family goes through, the decision of a family pet. Whether is a dog, cat, fish, or hamster, there are always choices to make once you get to that pet store, and just like others have said, "you can't save all of them right?" Well, in this picture book, we see the struggle a family has between a pup and the older grey haired dog. They leave with just the pup and its depicted through bold text and bright pictures, but when they remind th ...more
Stacy Slater
Sep 27, 2009 Stacy Slater rated it it was amazing
When Kate's feet are lonely at the end of her bed following the passing of Tiger the cat, she decides the time is right to get a pup. She and her parents make the trip to the animal rescue center, searching for the perfect pup. They see dogs of all shapes, sizes, and temperaments before finding Dave, the pup of their dreams. And then they see Rosy -- old, arthritic, and fat, but radiating good intentions. This is a book for dog lovers of all ages and one that teaches a subtle lesson about compas ...more
Mrs Daley
I am a sucker for a good dog book, and there are NOT many out there. This one is just perfect. Rosie and Dave are rescued by Kate's family from the Rescue Centre 'the centre for dogs without a home, the centre for dogs all alone'.

Rosie and Dave are everything dogs should be and more.

This is Bob Graham at his finest.
Sarah Higginson
Nov 10, 2015 Sarah Higginson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ks1, animals, family
I really enjoyed reading this book! The illustrations in this book are great as they represent an image of a realistic, modern family. The ending was really enjoyable as it goes above expectations that the family themselves, had. Definitely worth a read!!
Emma Hart
Oct 05, 2016 Emma Hart rated it liked it
I have mixed reviews about this book. I don't particularly like how Bob Graham categories the dogs in the rescue centre e.g. smelly dogs, mean dogs and dogs like walking nightmares. They end up getting Dave: the small cute puppy dog. However, I like the intention of "let's get a pup", as it revolves around a little girl being lonely in her bed after her cat died. It illustrates the reality of having a puppy, such as sleepless nights and ripped table clothed. In addition, it features a modern fam ...more
Josh Sonii
Sep 05, 2014 Josh Sonii rated it really liked it
This book is about a young girl that want a puppy. Her cat Tiger recently died so she is now lonely when sleeping in her bed. The next day she ask her parents if they can get a puppy and her parents say yes. They leave immediately without eating breakfast after seeing a newspaper ad about a dog shelter. When they go in they see all types of dogs, but she falls in love with one named Dave. As they leave Dave runs up to another dog named Rosy but they do not want to dogs so they go home. The next ...more
Aug 16, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
"Let's Get a Pup!" Said Kate by Bob Graham is a favorite story of mine about a modern family who goes to a dog rescue center to find a new puppy, but ends up with a bit more than they had expected.

Graham's expressive illustrations were done in watercolor and ink, in his trademark cartoonish style. The rescue center and wide variety of dogs there are respectfully pictured. The modern look of the parents, who sport piercings, a nose ring and a tattoo, allow today's children to recognize people the
Martiah Rall
Kate wakes up one morning missing her cat who had died the winter before. Out of spontaneity she decides she wants to get a dog. That day Kate and her parents head to the Rescue Center and choose between large varieties of dogs. Eventually the family ends up with a pet or two who tie the family together and grant all of their wishes.

The one aspect of the book that seems to stand out to me the most is the characteristics of Kate’s parents shown in the illustrations. They both have multiple pierc
Stef Rozitis
Ok so all Graham's books happen in an ideal world where adults and children are on the same page, hearts are as big as oceans and happiness is the inevitable outcome. Sure in some ways not very realistic.

In other ways the pictures add details that are very realistic- parents with unique character, messy cluttered homes, movement and business and not neat, sterile perfection.

I loved this book. I loved what it said about aging and character and about families and generations. Whenever I have to re
Jessica Westerman
"Let's Get a Pup!" Said Kate by Bob Graham is a very interesting book. It is about a young girl Kate who wants a puppy. At breakfast, her parents help her look through the newspaper to find a puppy. Without finishing breakfast, they end up going to the rescue center. They find beaten up, rough looking dogs. Eventually they find Dave, a small puppy. They take him home and he got into everything. The family goes back to the shelter where they find Rosy. She is an older dog that is more calm. In th ...more
Mar 07, 2011 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: international
Published: 2001, Candlewick
Age: K-7
Kate’s cat died and she wakes up one day and decides she wants a pup. So, Kate and her parents go to the Animal Rescue Center and see all kinds of dogs. Then they see Dave, a small energetic puppy and he is all they want. When they start to leave with Dave, they see a big, sweet, older dog named Rosie that they like. They say what anyone at a shelter would say; that they can’t save every dog. They go home and Dave cries all night and nobody can sleep. They know
May 25, 2015 Aleksandra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
When I saw the title of this book, I instantly recalled myself those serious discussions with my parents in which I asked them for buying me a little puppy. However, Bob Graham makes a great job by raising so many significant issues in this picture book. Namely, the family presented in the story, decides to purchase a dog from the shelter which might be a valuable lesson for children and realize them that there are a plenty of abandoned dogs which need one’s attention and help. What is more, the ...more
Jessica Minnoia
Mar 22, 2010 Jessica Minnoia rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I liked this book and rated it only a "3" even though I liked the story (reason is described when I discuss the illustrations). It is about a family who goes to a rescue shelter to get a dog. They see all kinds of dogs but eventually decide on a puppy named "Dave." After choosing Dave. they see an older dog named Rosy. Although sad, they decide to stick with their first pick. After a sleepless night, they decide to return to the shelter and get Rosy as well. Rosy and Dave get along great and co ...more
(2001) After Kate's cat, Tiger, dies she decides she is ready for another pet--this time a dog. Her parents agree and look through the paper, finding a rescue center for dogs without a home. When they arrive at the rescue center they find dogs of all shapes and sizes: long and thin, happy dogs and sad dogs, and scratchers and leapers. They find Dave, a small pup who meets all of their criteria: he's small, cute, and excitable. On their way out they also see an old sweet dog named Rosie. They lik ...more
Nov 25, 2012 Jennie added it
Let’s Get a Pup has many great lessons to teach the children who read it. For starters it gives children a glimpse into the feeling of loss that comes with a death of a pet. Books should allow children a safe outlet to experience things. Also, it brings awareness to pet shelters and the option of pet adoptions rather than buying your new pet from a breeder. But I would say the overall theme of the book would be to learn to see past the exterior. Bob Graham does an excellent job at portraying a f ...more
NSAndrew Liebergen
Oct 08, 2009 NSAndrew Liebergen rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
On a visit to the animal shelter, Kate and her parents know they want the pup Dave from the moment they see him. But then they see old Rosy. How can they take home just one dog? Full color.
This is first-rate child's fare. . . . Sure to make both listeners and readers feel warm and happy when they put it down. - BOOKLIST (starred review)
There are lots of dogs of all shapes and sizes at the animal shelter. But Kate and her mom and dad know they want Dave the moment they see him. He's sma
Danielle Harriger
Aug 29, 2012 Danielle Harriger rated it liked it
PB 2: Overall, I thought this book had many positive features, yet I didn’t think that the plot was captivating. I liked the capitalization of words for inflection because it is important for children to learn how emotion can be expressed. The long trails of adjectives used to describe the dogs allows for children to learn lots of descriptor words. From this reading experience, I carry the knowledge that new words can easily be introduced into children’s vocabulary when reading a book that shows ...more
Apr 24, 2011 Rcltigger rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture_books
Kate's bed is a lonely place since her kitty passed away last winter, so she has a great idea: let's get a puppy! It doesn't take much convincing to get her parents on board and they agree that they would like a small, cute, excited puppy that runs around in circles! So they head on down to the rescue center and proceed to find Dave, who fits the bill perfectly. But then they see Rosy: she's old and big, and she's polite, but they only want one dog and Dave fits the bill. Needless to say, one ev ...more
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An Australian children's author and illustrator. His books include Max, which won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Gold Award, Jethro Byrd, Fairy Child, which won the Kate Greenaway Medal, and "Let's Get A Pup!" Said Kate which won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
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