PETE AND FREMONT by Jenny Tripp

PETE AND FREMONT

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Age Range: 9 - 11
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Screenwriter Tripp’s Disney-esque debut pairs an aging circus poodle and a huge, unhappy bear. Pete, aka Pierre LeChien—“But if you call me Powder Puff, I just might take a piece out of your pants”—is proud to be top dog in Monsieur Moliere’s Performing Pups. That pride takes a hard fall when he’s demoted to the job of Canine Cannonball after twice muffing his old act. But he bounces back with a new plan when Fremont, a hostile, uncooperative young grizzly, is brought in to spice up the “wild” animal show, and shows an unexpected knack for juggling. Can the two whip up a new act that will both revive Pete’s career and keep Fremont out of the zoo? Do you doubt? Manders’s animated, Bill Peet–style illustrations reflect the doggy briskness of Pete’s narrative voice and capture the small-circus setting nicely. Despite their eventual triumph, Pete comes to realize that Fremont will never be happy under the Big Top, and so with help from the circus’s other animal performers, engineers his escape back to the wild. A heartwarming tale of interspecies bonding; you can almost hear the soundtrack. (Fantasy. 9-11)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-15-205629-2
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Harcourt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2007




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