When you’re a favorite pet, the arrival of a rival can spark a pang of jealousy - but this charmingly illustrated tale reminds us that there’s plenty of love to go around.
Dudley is as happy as a dog can be: waking up Anna bright and early, knocking over vases while he’s playing hide-and-seek, scaring the neighbor’s cat (or trying to), and curling up with Anna at day’s end. But when Anna brings home a baby chameleon named Pequito, everything changes. Readers who have ever reluctantly shared the spotlight — with a new baby, an older sibling, or another potential competitor — will be drawn to this sweet, satisfying tale, expressively illustrated in a bold graphic style.
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Charlotte Middleton knew she wanted to be an illustrator from an early age. She says, "When I wrote DO YOU STILL LOVE ME? I was inspired by my own childhood as a younger sibling. Pequito is a bit sweeter than I was — he is not deliberately grabbing attention! When Pequito goes missing, Dudley’s strength and maturity are revealed as his jealousy fades. Through his act of bravery, we see how Dudley loves Pequito, and Dudley comes to appreciate his own abilities as well. I hope this book offers some reassurance to children."From Booklist:
PreS-K. Dudley the dog loves his cozy daily routine: he plays games, flicks fleas at Aunt Prissy, barks at the neighbor's cat, and, best of all, curls up with his young owner, Anna, for reading time. Life changes abruptly, though, when Anna brings home Pequito the chameleon, who seems to do everything better than Dudley. Feeling displaced and unloved, Dudley alternately mopes and vies for attention until a heroic rescue helps him find his new place in his growing family. Middleton uses just a few words per page, letting her brightly hued, uncluttered collages really tell the story. Rendered in scribbley line and opaque color, the pictures create winning characters in the bratty neighbor cat, sensitive Dudley, and comforting Anna. Like Fleming's Buster, above, this is a lighthearted take on a different sort of sibling rivalry that will especially appeal to children with new family members. Gillian Engberg
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