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Pinky Pye (The Pyes #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,529 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
An ALA Notable Book

“A captivating story, told with loving tenderness, whimsical humor, suspense, it has all the special magic that is Eleanor Estes’ trademark. . . . Don’t miss it.” —Chicago Tribune

Meet Pinky, a furious black kitten who adopts the Pye family.
     The Pyes have some of the smartest pets around—there’s Ginger the intellectual dog, and Gracie the clever ol
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1958)
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Luisa Knight
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Another fun title by Estes! Cleanliness Report coming soon!
Shawn Thrasher
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No matter how many times I read this book, I come away renewed and re-charmed. It's an almost 60 year old book, but it's still crisp and enchanting, with it's small mystery and chatty yet wry narrative; reading Pinky Pye - really, reading Estes period - arouses an overwhelming sense of nostalgia for a another time and place (albeit one most likely nonexistent outside of children's books and fuzzy memories). I hope there are still families like the Pyes out there, children who can still be fasci ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this just after Ginger Pye and loved it even more. I also remembered it more as I was going along. I probably read this just a couple of times as a young child, and the sequel three or four times. It's a very happy book, charming, graceful, with some humor that children might not catch the first time through.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An ideal family full of curious outdoor-loving children go on a summer trip with their mother, bird-man father, to Fire Island with the their five year old uncle and the family pets--for an adventure! This is a sweet old fashioned tale meant completely for children, which I found to be refreshing, yet the vocabulary and truisms of children and family life were humorous and laugh out loud for an adult. Did Father or the new-found adorable kitten who loves to type write the book? Let your children ...more
Drew Graham
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: me
I didn't even know there was a sequel to Ginger Pye until I looked up reviews after recently re-reading it, and then I thought I might as well pick it up and see if the author was able to maintain the nostalgic, if dated, charm that was so notable in her first book. I was surprised to find that I enjoyed the sequel much more than the first book!

Pinky Pye tells of the Pyes' summer in the northeastern US sea on Fire Island, and their discover of a remarkable and precocious abandoned kitten. Unlike
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
This is a cute little story about a kitten named Pinky who is abandoned on Fire Island, and adopted by the Pye family while they are on vacation there. Pinky and the other family cat, Gracie, are the only ones who know the secret hiding in the attic of the Pye's vacation cottage. Pinky astonishes everyone on the island with her feline prowess and intelligence. The little family adventures keep the story interesting and fun!

The plot is fairly obvious, and the writing is nothing special; but the w
Ashley Blake
Aug 26, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly, I thought this book was awful. Previously, I read its predecessor, Ginger Pye, which was a Newbery Medal winner. Well, this one was not and it is clear why. The plot was so loosely constructed I found many of the chapters absolutely unnecessary which really should never happen in a book, much less a book for children. It was, altogether, boring. It's a shame because Eleanor Estes is a really great author and I love most of her novels. But with this one, in my opinion, she should ha ...more
I love all the Eleanor Estes books, but particularly those about the Pyes and Moffats. This one is no exception. This is a charming and sweet tale, and a great follow up to "Ginger Pye," Estes Newbery Award winning book. This is a great read for both children and adults - kids will enjoy the adventure of the people and the pets, and adults will enjoy the charm and nostalgia for a simpler time.
Jenni Joru
Luettu suomeksi nimellä "Lintumiehen perhe". Mainio ja lämminhenkinen kirja, kivaa perhe-elämän ja eläinten kuvausta.

Kirjaa ei löydy suomeksi tästä palvelusta, mutta jos haluat lukea kommenttini, se löytyy Kirjasammosta, mistä löytyy myös teoksen kirjastoittainen saatavuus. Linkki:
Sep 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i also really really really liked this book too. although i read it when i was little, i still think it was a good book. i like books that tell about peoples lives and this was perfect! i love this book. i think it was just as good as gynger pie and should deserve a medal too :-p!
WORST book ever,VEARY poorly written
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Pyes have summer adventures – and add a new member to the family, the cat Pinky – when Mr. Pye, a bird-man, is sent to Fire Island. It’s dated, nostalgic, slow-paced, and sweet, and best for innocent, undemanding younger readers.

Marisa Maloney
This is the much beloved sequel to Ginger Pye. I listened to this book aloud via audio book. Another beautiful written book by Eleanor Easte. Fun, engaging and full of surprises. My 8,6,4 year old really liked this one.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so glad we followed up after "Ginger Pye" and are reading this one. This book is better than Ginger. The chapters don't seem to ramble on and on or change focus. My girls, aged 9 and 13, are both enjoying the story and hate when we can't read one night. We love Pinky, and her, "Woe."
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg
Delightful story of how the Pye family acquires a small kitty who likes to type and climb. Or does she acquire them?
Kelsey Yates
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wayne Walker
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Pye family is back, with nine (almost ten) year old Rachel, brother Jerry who is ten, Papa who is a famous ornithologist or bird man, Mama, three (almost four) year old Uncle Bennie, cat Gracie, and very smart dog Ginger. Mr. Pye has an assignment to do a study of birds on Fire Island, so he takes the whole family with him and rents a cottage appropriately named The Eyrie from Mrs. A. A. Pulie. While there, the Pyes adopt a little black cat with one white paw whom they name Pinky. And what i ...more
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I really can't give this more than two stars. We have a saying in Spanish: Sequels are never any good. (Segundas partes nunca fueron buenas). That's certainly true of the Pye family story. I really enjoyed Ginger Pye; Jerry and Rachel are real kids, dealing with real kids' situations such as finding a lost pet. Unfortunately, in the second instalment Ms Estes is back to being "cute" and engaging in anthropomorphism. Nothing wrong with that if it's well done, but here it just grated on me. I'm a ...more
I read and enjoyed Ginger Pye and have long awaited this sequel, Pinky Pye. It wasn't a bad book. It just could have been so much better.

Here's the problem: it's too simple. Which is why I put on my "for-younger-kids" shelf and not on my "middle-grade-juvenile- fiction". The writing was SO simplistic, even more so than Ginger Pye. And my other main complaint: there's no problem, no crisis that they have to resolve. It's kinda boring. The Pyes go to Fire Island for vacation because of Mr. Pye's w
Aug 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile

The 1958 sequel to Newbery-winning GINGER PYE by Eleanor Estes (1906-1988) that features the likable Pye family of Cranbury, CT, and that almost entirely takes place one summer on Fire Island at a cottage named, by its owner Mrs Pulie, the Eyrie.

And, yes, that name is a hint for the bird part of this vintage early 1900s family story where plot is thin, but revealing glimpses into the unique thoughts and actions of the various characters offer a sort of simple, warm-hearted and, at times, quit
May 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read_to_kids
An old-fashioned, comfortable children's book. Better and more focused than Estes' Ginger Pye, to which this is a sequel, but with the same warmth, and with the author demonstrating the same ability to get into a kid's head.

Here, the Pye family spends the summer on Fire Island where the father intends to study birds, but finds himself laid up with a sprained ankle instead. Housebound, Pye bonds with the newly-adopted kitten, who fascinates herself with the typewriter. Much of the charm of the bo
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Another great cute novel! I loved the addition of Pinky. She was so sassy and had a lot more spice than Ginger. She was a cute, feisty, conceited, talented, observant little kitten. I wish I had a kitten just like her.

This book was also considerably less sad than the first one. There was a nice little mystery though, even if it was pretty easy to guess. Even after you guessed it, you just had to see what happened, how things would work out.

It was quite hard to believe that Pinky could actually
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuing my current phase of rereading childhood favorites, I stumbled on Pinky Pye at the library, as I cruised down the aisle in the childrens' room. OMG I remember reading this! And I reread it with relish, all these years (50 or more) later. Some children' books just don't cut it for adults. The best ones, however, are just as satisfying, often in different ways. Eleanor Estes is one of those authors. Although I figured out the 'mystery' long before the characters in the book did -- possib ...more
Friend of Pixie (F.O.P.)
Sweet, rather slow story about a family who moves to an East Coast island for the summer so that the ornithologist dad can do some research on the local bird population and ends up taking in a clever and funny abandoned black kitten. Gentle humor that appealed to all of us (including my husband, who is more of a horror/thriller reader). We solved the "mystery" early on, but it was still fun to hear about the family and their pets. Especially if you've enjoyed Estes' other books, or the books of ...more
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually don't like to compare books as I think each can be loved for their own. Having said that, Pinky Pye was better than Ginger Pye. This is because while Ginger Pye is delightful, it was so stressful with Ginger's disappearance. Pinky Pye is still delightful and because they're just enjoying their vacation on Fire Island it seems far more light-hearted and happy. Also, it had some of the best quotes and I learned the root of the word, bodaceaous, it was explained in this book and it was de ...more
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We listened to this as a family on our drive to Florida one winter. The 4 year old wasn't a big fan, but it was a highlight of the trip for our 8 year old daughter and both parents who were listening. We couldn't wait to get back in the car to listen after pit stops!

The story follows the Pye family for a summer month on Fire Island, which is a new place for them to explore while their father studies birds. They adopt a cat, Pinky, as a companion to their dog Ginger (another Estes story we will h
May 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Cute story about a family's summer on Fire Island, where their father is supposed to be studying birds but hurts himself and is confined to the yard. Mr. Pye spends more time studying the antics the homeless kitten the family adopts. Everyone agrees that the kitten - Pinky Pye - is quite brilliant - especially as she learns to type. Other members of the family take over the bird-watching (that is, his daughter and the two cats) and they make a remarkable discovery in their attic!! At times this ...more
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gentle and sweet story about the Pye family's summer adventure on Fire island. I read it together with my daughter. The language is excellent and appropriate for 3rd-5th grade. Lot's of little anecdote's to amuse the kids, about animals, birds along the way as the story builds up to a nice climax. The characters are entertaining with distinct personalities. I thought it was funny that the author even wrote from the point of view of the cat, she must be a cat owner.
Oct 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sy10-11, family
Another great book by Eleanor Estes, we laughed a lot with this story. Pinky is by far the most interesting member of the family! "She is adorable, lovable, enchanting and fascinating. A whole book could be written about her and has been. Look in the library for it. Don't skip a word of it, it's all true." -a quote from Pinky Pye about Pinky Pye from the book Pinky Pye.
Jul 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book. I liked Ginger Pye a little more than Pinky Pye, but it still was pretty well- written! I'm sure many people would agree with me. Cat lovers would adore this book! It was a somewhat long read, but it wasn't too long that it would become uninteresting. People would really enjoy this book.
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Eleanor Ruth Rosenfeld (Estes)was an American children's author. She was born in West Haven, Connecticut as Eleanor Ruth Rosenfield. Originally a librarian, Estes' writing career began following a case of tuberculosis. Bedridden while recovering, Estes began writing down some of her childhood memories, which would later turn into full-length children's books.

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