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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
That New Animal

That New Animal

Spring 2005 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Author: Emily Jenkins
Illustrator: Pierre Pratt
ISBN: 0-374-37443-0
Hardcover Price: $16.00
FudgeFudge, the small black dog, and Marshmallow, his little white companion, heartily dislike the new animal at their house. No one has thrown a stick or a ball in a long time. When they make complaining sounds, they are scolded, but when the new animal cries, it is cuddled and kissed. FudgeFudge plots various ways to rid themselves of the new animal, but Marshmallow always nixes the plans. One day, however, another animal called "Grandpa" arrives and tries to pick up the new animal. The two dogs think this is a very bad idea and bark until he sits on the other side of the room. After all, it's their new animal.

The expressive, cartoon-like illustrations carry the humorously understanding text. Even the small illustration at the top of the last page is prophetically funny.

Kemie Nix   ©2005 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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