The Perfect Puppy for Me

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9780670036141: The Perfect Puppy for Me

Here is a terrific book for anyone who wants a puppy. Our hero is desperate for a dog of his own. He has dog T-shirts, posters, books, and even a barking clock! But he has to wait until next year when he's ten before he can have a real dog. That gives him lots of time to meet all kinds of dogs and puppies. Next door is Duke, a German shepherd who brings in the groceries; then there's Patsy, a big Newfie who loves to swim! And a little Jack Russell named Tidbit with boundless energy. With so many breeds, how will he ever decide which one is best for him? After visits to the dog show and the dog park, and to see newborn puppies, our friend really gets a feeling for each breed and so will readers. And if you want to know what kind of dog he ends up with, you'll just have to wait and see. That's a surprise!

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Gr. 1-3. The boy narrator loves dogs. He has dog posters and books, a dog-eared hat, and a barking clock, but he doesn't have a real dog--yet. Knowing he will get one for his birthday, he studies the characteristics of 11 different breeds to help him choose the perfect puppy. The artwork resembles a sketchbook. Colorful, freestyle cartoons, including many small spot-art pictures with hand-lettered captions, sweep across very busy pages, helping to present a variety of comic and interesting tidbits about dogs and their behavior. From German shepherd to Jack Russell terrier to poodle (and lots in between), each dog has a name and personality. The boy eventually does get his puppy, a "labradoodle" (poodle and Labrador hybrid), which he names Doodle. An entertaining and informative presentation with lots of appeal for children who are dog lovers, especially those who look forward to choosing their own canine friend. Julie Cummins
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For its boundlessly energetic images, its down-to-earth tone and its smart advice, this book wins Best in Show. -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

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