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Widget the dog lives comfortably with Mrs. Diggs and the girls, her six cats. But their routine is disrupted one day by the arrival of a lost Newfoundland puppy at the door. While Mrs. Diggs tries to find its owner, Widget is put in charge of watching the puppy. This proves no easy task, as the puppy eats the girls' food, drools on their beds, and eventually chases them up a tree. The girls are not amused, but there is little Widget can do to stop this pup with pep to spare. Eventually, Widget is so tired out that he nods off, only to awaken to a dire situation -- the puppy is stuck in a hole!
Spare text and antic artwork will have children rooting for the puppy in this new story about the characters introduced in Widget.
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Lyn Rossiter McFarland and Jim McFarland have collaborated on several books for children including Widget, a Booklist Editors' Choice and an IRA-CBC Children's Choice. They live in Livingston, New York.
PreSchool-Grade 2–In this irresistible sequel to Widget (Farrar, 2001), the winsome terrier and "the girls" (the six cats that also live with Mrs. Diggs) are back for another adventure. Widget is comfortably ensconced in his new home and all is well until a lost puppy arrives on their doorstep. When he is charged with "watching" the newcomer while Mrs. Diggs searches for his owner, the cats–and readers–soon discover that Widget is not a very good pet-sitter. He watches the puppy all right: he watches him get into all sorts of trouble. In fact, Widget is so exhausted by his efforts that he soon falls asleep and loses track of his charge. However, thanks to the vigilance of the girls, he discovers the hapless pooch stuck in a groundhog's hole. He digs him out just as Mrs. Diggs returns with the puppy's owner and lots of praise for Widget, much to the disgust of the cats. The wry text and lively illustrations pack in so much humor that listeners will be giggling at every page. The charming puppy wriggles and bounces with endless energy; at times, he's no more than a waggling tail and a big pair of eyes. Widget's reactions play perfectly off this tornado of activity, with the female felines watching–their expressions telling all–from the sidelines. The combination of action and comedy makes this a perfect choice for storytime.–Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY
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