WIDGET & THE PUPPY by Lyn Rossiter McFarland

WIDGET & THE PUPPY

Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In their second story starring a white dog named Widget, the McFarlands introduce a new character, a bouncy, black-and-white (nameless) puppy. The stray puppy enters the household through the cat door and joins Mrs. Diggs, Widget the dog, and six female cats, always referred to as “the girls.” The newcomer engages in various puppy activities and interactions with Widget and the cats, which results in exhausting Widget, who’s supposed to be puppy-sitting. The watercolor-and-ink illustrations are charming and full of action, with scenes of the puppy leaping into a frog pond, falling into a trashcan, and tunneling into a groundhog’s hole. The text is not as energetic as the illustrations, though, and some sentences drag while corresponding illustrations sparkle with the energy of the two appealing canines. References to the six cats as “the girls” will be a bit confusing to literal-minded preschoolers who may also need help understanding why the puppy is as big as the full-grown Widget. The illustrations override these drawbacks, however, and Widget and the cats seem destined for more adventures with their new puppy friend, who definitely needs a name. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Aug. 18th, 2004
ISBN: 0-374-38429-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2004




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