All Richard wants is a dog even though his mother tries to give him other kinds of pets.
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From a psychiatrist who debuted with Bedtime Cat (1991), another story constructed on a repetitive pattern, but with a stronger story and a more satisfying conclusion. Richard wants a dog, but his mother says it'd be too much trouble; instead, she gets him other animals, each resembling one of the dogs in the book he's always reading (the mouse looks like a Chihuahua) and each larger than the last (the pony looks like a Great Dane). At last, Richard has his way--and the dog is ``a lot of trouble, but it was worth it.'' The conclusion is realistic--though the dog is real, all the other animals turn out to be toys. Unpretentious but amusingly expressive, Reiser's bright pen-and-watercolor illustrations tell much of the story, while the very simple phrases in the text get funnier with each dogged repetition-- readers are sure to chortle at the idea that a bear, and even a lion, could be less trouble than a dog. A promising readaloud. (Picture book. 3-7) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 1-- Richard wants a dog, but his mother thinks a dog is too much trouble. So begins the youngster's adventures with all sorts of other pets, from caterpillars to bears. Amusing pen-and-ink and watercolor drawings show how the boy converts each substitute into his longed-for canine. Even a caterpillar can be made to look like a Lhasa Apso in his imagination. When his mother gives in, Richard admits that a dog is a lot of trouble--``but it was worth it.'' The illustrations make the most of the absurdity of the mother's ``no dog'' rule taken to its extreme and of Richard's stubborn refusal to be put off. The boldly colored pictures filled with funny details embellish the story nicely, particularly the final scene, which shows all of the previous pets as stuffed animals. --Anna Biagioni Hart, Martha Washington Library, Alexandria, VA-
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Book Description Greenwillow, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110688109144
Book Description Greenwillow, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0688109144