"Let's Get a Pup!" Said Kate
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"Let's Get a Pup!" Said Kate

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  239 ratings  ·  64 reviews
The Barnes & Noble Review
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...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Candlewick (first published June 4th 2001)
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Laima
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...more
Lisa Vegan
Jan 26, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids who want to adopt or have adopted an animal companion; all kids who like dogs
Recommended to Lisa by: Jo
Outstanding!

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...more
Kathryn
Mar 15, 2011 Kathryn rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Kelly  Maybedog
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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Randie
Mar 17, 2012 Randie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
Nadine
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
Chelsie Morrison
"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
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...more
Peacegal
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...more
Dolly
Jan 04, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Jo
Apr 28, 2010 Jo rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Lauren Williams
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
Cheryl in CC NV
Love that the family is more representative of the 21st century rather than nostalgic white picket fence. Love that they go to a rescue center. If I was into pets, I'd probably give this five stars. I'm a big fan of this author as he's writing the books that today's children need, instead of the everlasting variations of bunnies and chickens. And he's doing it well, with text that seems straightforward until one opens one's ears to the melody, and illustrations that seem cartoony until one sees...more
Stacy Slater
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.
Brielle
I chose this book because I like reading about dogs. I thought this was a good book because it talked about animal shelters and adopting dogs at animals shelters. It also had descriptive words about dogs and how they are all very different. The only thing I did not like about this book was some of the illustrations. The child who wanted to adopt the dog her parents had shirts that advertised cigarettes and I feel that it is inappropriate for children to be exposed to cigarettes at a young age. I...more
David
"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...more
Nancy
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...more
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
Jessica Minnoia
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
Jennie
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
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.
Synopsis:
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...more
Guillermo
Part of my job at the library is to find books the children's librarian can read during story hour. This coming story hour is a dog theme, so dog-themed books were read a plenty. Bob Graham's book is cute. It's probably a great book for children who happen to like dogs. I, however, am not a child and I do not like dogs (go ahead, judge me for it). If this were any other day, I would've just tossed this book aside and given it a one-star review. But bias shouldn't overwhelm the potential this boo...more
Nicki Blomquist
Any dog lover adult or child will enjoy this book and all that it has to offer. Kate abd her fanily visit the dog pound in order to get a pup. While there they meet a plethra of fun some obidient some disobidient dogs to choose from. Kate and her family decide on a small loveable dog, it was just what Kate wanted. However, before they are able to leave the shelter another dog wins over the hearts of Kate and her family. Their family and readers alike bleed for the dog that is left behind. Fortun...more
Danielle Harriger
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
Rcltigger
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
Brigid Keely
"'Let's Get A Pup!' Said Kate," by Bob Graham is a fun and quick read about a family who selects a forever pet from a rescue shelter and wind up getting more than they bargained for.

It's a sweet story, well told, and I love that the emphasis is on adopting from a shelter and not buying a puppy from a puppy mill. I also like the emphasis placed on older dogs as good pets. Older animals often languish in rescue shelters, including no-kill shelters, and can and do make fantastic companions!

The art...more
Jenny
The illustrations in this were not my favorite...somewhat like a comic strip but in color...dots for eyes, exaggerated noses, etc. I prefer more realistic artwork. However, this is a sweet story. Kate's family is going to get a dog. They know what they want...small, cute, excited, and runs around in circles. When they go to the rescue center, they find the perfect dog. Dave. But they also see another dog, Rosy. Rosy is big and old but sweet. They make wishes that Rosy will be able to lie on some...more
Felicia
I found this book to be very refreshing. Let’s Get A Pup Said Kate shows what a loving family really is no matter what they look like. In reality this is what some families look like and showing them in children’s books is a great way to introduce great families. This book is about a young girl who wants a puppy so her family takes her to an animal shelter to find the perfect puppy for them. They find a puppy named Dave and took him home. Later they go back to get a dog they had fell in love wit...more
Ivonne Rovira
I teach at an alternative school for pregnant and parenting teenagers. Most books feature pretty mainstream parents in their 30s -- not the kind of people to whom my students can fully relate.

What a godsend this book is for my girls! Quite a few of them sport tattoos, and nearly all of them have piercings. Sure, they look different than their elders, but they love their children just as much. How nice that they finally have a book that features a family like theirs. And the sweet story about ado...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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