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A PET FOR MISS WRIGHT by Judy Young

A PET FOR MISS WRIGHT

By Judy Young (Author) , Andrea Wesson (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: April 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-58536-509-8
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press

Miss Wright is a lonely writer, tapping away at her computer in her beachfront cabin. She decides to acquire a pet to keep her company, and one by one she tries a mynah bird, a monkey, a tropical fish and a cat. Each pet creates a problem of some sort that interferes with Miss Wright’s work or increases her loneliness. Finally she tries a dog, a basset hound that lies quietly near her feet as the writer works. In a delightful and unexpected plot twist, the unnamed dog can read, and he becomes Miss Wright’s first reader and, eventually, her editor as well. He even offers a thesaurus and a dictionary as part of his editorial advice. When Miss Wright’s book is accepted for publication, writer and dog celebrate together with appropriate howls of delight. Both the story and the illustrations have a light, charming flavor, with understated humor and a sophisticated air that assumes that intelligent children will enjoy this story. The watercolor-and-ink illustrations are filled with swirling lines, and delicate, French-inspired patterns decorate borders and endpapers. The helpful hound is an endearing introduction to the role of an editor, though he really deserves a clever name of his own. (Perhaps in their next adventure…Mr. Basset Buys a Bookshop?) (Picture book. 3-7)