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MY NEW SHIRT by Cary Fagan


by Cary Fagan & illustrated by Dušan Petričić

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 11th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-88776-715-9
Publisher: Tundra

David loves to visit his Bubbie, except on his birthday. The reason for this strange attitude toward a wonderful Grandma? Every year she gives him the same present, a scratchy, stiff, white dress shirt. At the moment of gifting this year, a horrific vision of years of shirts attacking him in a dark closet distracts David, and the new shirt gets away from him, wafting right out the window. Pupik, David’s dog, wrestles with it through the town and brings it back ruined with stains. However, Bubbie is a miracle worker with the cleansers; soon it’s good as new. When it somehow escapes through the window again, David’s Bubbie gets the message. Petricic’s watercolors made to look like photographs taped in a scrapbook are the main draw, particularly for Pupik’s mad shirt run. This Canadian import with a Yiddish accent might appeal more to the Bubbies than their bubbellah, but it will have appeal especially when shared. (Picture book. 5-8)