WIDGET by Lyn Rossiter McFarland


Age Range: 2 - 5
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Widget, a small, stray, furry white dog the size of a West Highland terrier, finds the perfect home with Mrs. Diggs. Unfortunately, six cats that she calls collectively “the girls” already reside with her. Wandering through a cat door of the cozy cottage and spying six bowls of food, six comfy cat beds, and six cats, Widget makes a beeline for the food, but Mrs. Diggs blocks his path. “Why, you poor thing,” says Mrs. Diggs. “I wish you could stay. But I am afraid the girls just can’t stand dogs.” Widget really wants to stay: “ ‘Meow?’ said Widget.” Putting on his best cat imitation, when the girls puff up and hiss, so does he. When the girls growl, Widget purrs. Before long, the girls accept Widget as one of their own and they play, eat, and chase mice together. Shocked and dismayed when Mrs. Diggs falls and needs help, it is then that the girls discover there are times when only a dog will do. McFarland’s (Pirate’s Parrot, 2000) soft watercolors offer an expressive line of animal movements and facial expressions to support the quiet humor. This is a delightful read-aloud with short, pithy sentences and illustrations that place the reader right at eye-level with the animals’ point of view, only glimpsing Mrs. Diggs, but rarely above the knees. The girls, having learned how, would surely give three barks for Widget. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Sept. 5th, 2001
ISBN: 0-374-38428-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2001


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