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Prudence Wants a Pet by Cathleen Daly
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Oct 18, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: read-aloud, picturebooks

Prudence Wants a Pet by Cathleen Daly, illustrated by Stephen Michael King, follows a girl who so desperately wants a pet that she keeps trying to find a variety of substitutes.

Prudence's parents say pets cost too much to keep, make noise, are messy, and take up space. So Prudence got a branch for a pet. She dragged it to school and back. After Dad tripped over branch eight times he broke it into twigs. Prudence tries out twig, shoe (Formal Footware), her little brother Milo, and Mr. Round (a tire) as pets, but none of them work out. Her parents get her sea buddies, who look so much like pulp that Prudence moves into her closet. Her parents finally relent with her birthday looming. Prudence's perfect pet will make you smile and it's name will make you laugh.

The text features mostly short sentences that clearly tell this story of an imaginative, determined girl with a nice dose of humor.

King's line drawing illustrations are extremely funny and match this story perfectly. My favorite images include Prudence walking and watering branch, Dad breaking branch into twigs, Formal Footwear doing tricks, and Milo in a box and eating grass.

This combination of quirky story and illustration is near perfect with a delightful ending. The focus remains on the adorable Prudence, with the faces of her parents never shown. This should be both a read-aloud and one on one reading hit. I highly recommend this for school and public library collections.

For ages 4 to 6, pets, imagination, determination, family, and fans of Cathleen Daly and Stephen Michael King.
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