PRUDENCE WANTS A PET by Cathleen Daly
Kirkus Star

PRUDENCE WANTS A PET

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

A classic theme feels fresh as a squiggling kitten.

Prudence pines for a pet and adopts anything handy. Will a tree branch do? A twig? A tire? Daly’s matter-of-fact text is amusing but never mocking: “Prudence puts out a bowl of water for Branch. So far Branch has not been thirsty.” But “Branch is an outdoor pet…. Branch tripped Dad…. / Dad broke Branch into little bits and put them on the woodpile.” Other endeavors are equally short-lived. Pet Twig “ran away in the rinse cycle”; Prudence “frees” a pet shoe in the junkyard. (Narration toggles between past and present tense.) When “sea buddies” that “come in a package and are dry like Kool-Aid” fail to come alive, it’s the last emotional straw: “Prudence goes to live in the closet for the rest of the day.” Her crushing disappointment touches her parents, who kindly—despite qualms—take the only final step that could satisfy. With a touch of Quentin Blake flavor, King draws his animated figures in black line, washing selected bits in color. Eyes are sometimes dots, sometimes googly (sometimes one of each!). The book’s shape is a horizontal rectangle; adults are too tall for their faces to show, underscoring its orientation firmly in a child's emotions.

Demure yet mildly impish; when Prudence’s eyes “get hot and tingly” at the end, it’s for the best reason of all. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: June 21st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-59643-468-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Neal Porter/Roaring Brook
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2011




NEW AND NOTABLE KIDS' BOOKS FOR JUNE:

Children ANYA'S GHOST by Vera Brosgol
by Vera Brosgol
Children DRAGON CASTLE by Joseph Bruchac
by Joseph Bruchac
Children THE ASCENSION by Michael Carroll
by Michael Carroll
Children PRUDENCE WANTS A PET by Cathleen Daly
by Cathleen Daly

MORE BY CATHLEEN DALY

ChildrenEMILY'S BLUE PERIOD by Cathleen Daly
by Cathleen Daly
ChildrenFLIRT CLUB by Cathleen Daly
by Cathleen Daly

MORE BY STEPHEN MICHAEL KING

ChildrenYOU by Stephen Michael King
by Stephen Michael King
ChildrenPIGLET AND GRANNY by Margaret Wild
by Margaret Wild
ChildrenLEAF by Stephen Michael King
by Stephen Michael King

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenWAVE by Suzy Lee
by Suzy Lee
ChildrenSPARKY! by Jenny Offill
by Jenny Offill
ChildrenLOVEYKINS by Quentin Blake
by Quentin Blake