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PLEASE, PUPPY, PLEASE by Spike Lee

PLEASE, PUPPY, PLEASE

By Spike Lee (Author) , Tonya Lewis Lee (Author) , Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)

Age Range: 2 - 6

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-689-86804-9
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Two adorable African-American preschoolers, a boisterous puppy and a marmalade cat are the characters in this exuberant story suitable for children from toddlers to those just learning to read a few words on their own. The two children care for the puppy as he gets into mischief: escaping from the yard, rolling in the mud, getting a bath and fetching a ball. The deceptively simple text features short, rhyming couplets of the children’s pleas for the puppy to behave, interspersed with a refrain of variations of the words in the title. The words in the refrain are printed in varying type sizes corresponding to the level of the puppy’s antics and the children’s resulting frustration, adding an extra dimension to the repetition. Nelson employs a wide range of perspectives in his vibrant oil paintings, sometimes showing the children as the puppy would see them, from below. A memorable climactic spread (with no text) shows the puppy bringing his ball back to the children, showing that the kids really can control their puppy after all. (Picture book. 2-6)