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That New Animal

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Publisher Comments:

A new baby changes everything . . . for two dogs

FudgeFudge does not like that new animal. Marshmallow does not like it either. Not even a little bit. So begins this forthright, hilarious, and boldly illustrated story about two dogs that see the arrival of a new baby as a huge problem. They don't like the way that new animal smells or the way the people just sit and stare at it, forgetting all about FudgeFudge and Marshmallow. They have to do something about it, but what? Then one morning a stranger named Grandpa arrives, and he wants to hold that new animal. Instantly FudgeFudge and Marshmallow know they can't allow that. Why? they ask each other. Because, by now, that new animal has become their new animal.

A picture book that speaks with wise and knowing humor to every parent and child who has welcomed or resisted an addition to the family.

 
That New Animal is a 2005 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award Honor Book for Picture Books.

Review:

"Sibling rivalry finds its canine counterpart in the roiling emotions of the two furry anti-heroes in this laugh-out-loud domestic comedy. Seemingly abandoned by their human owners when a new gnomish-looking baby arrives ('They sit there, and don't seem to notice that Marshmallow is showing his tummy, all ready to be scratched'), the dogs find themselves cast into unfamiliar roles of id and superego. One, for instance, feverishly plots the baby's demise ('FudgeFudge wants to sleep in that new animal's cradle. On top of the animal'). But when a new interloper arrives, the pooches take another tack; now baby must be protected at all costs: 'It's not his new animal to go picking up whenever he feels like it,' Marshmallow proclaims, barking until Grandpa moves away from the cradle. 'It is our animal to hate as much as we want to.' From that comically off-kilter epiphany, it's a short jump to acceptance, and sloppily bestowed licks on baby's cheeks. Jenkins's (Five Creatures) gift for melding irony with empathy results in the kind of resonant and quotable text that youngsters will demand to hear again and again. Pratt's (Albert, the Dog Who Liked to Ride in Taxis) wry paintings are in perfect sync. When the dogs spot the family blissfully napping together, the look of confusion and sadness emanating from the pets' tiny eyes will strike a chord with any child who's ever wondered how soon that new baby can go back to the hospital. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Emily Jenkins is the author of several picture books, including Daffodil and Five Creatures, an ALA Notable Book. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Pierre Pratt haswritten and/or illustrated many books for children. He lives in Montreal, Canada.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374374433
ill.:
Pratt, Pierre,
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Illustrator:
Pratt, Pierre
Author:
Jenkins, Emily
Author:
Pratt, Pierre
Location:
New York
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Animals - Dogs
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Dogs
Subject:
Family - New Baby
Subject:
Babies
Subject:
Children s humor
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Picture Book
Series Volume:
no. 312
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 1
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color pictures throughout
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
11.57 x 7.9 x 0.325 in
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
03-06

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Product details 32 pages Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - English 9780374374433 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Sibling rivalry finds its canine counterpart in the roiling emotions of the two furry anti-heroes in this laugh-out-loud domestic comedy. Seemingly abandoned by their human owners when a new gnomish-looking baby arrives ('They sit there, and don't seem to notice that Marshmallow is showing his tummy, all ready to be scratched'), the dogs find themselves cast into unfamiliar roles of id and superego. One, for instance, feverishly plots the baby's demise ('FudgeFudge wants to sleep in that new animal's cradle. On top of the animal'). But when a new interloper arrives, the pooches take another tack; now baby must be protected at all costs: 'It's not his new animal to go picking up whenever he feels like it,' Marshmallow proclaims, barking until Grandpa moves away from the cradle. 'It is our animal to hate as much as we want to.' From that comically off-kilter epiphany, it's a short jump to acceptance, and sloppily bestowed licks on baby's cheeks. Jenkins's (Five Creatures) gift for melding irony with empathy results in the kind of resonant and quotable text that youngsters will demand to hear again and again. Pratt's (Albert, the Dog Who Liked to Ride in Taxis) wry paintings are in perfect sync. When the dogs spot the family blissfully napping together, the look of confusion and sadness emanating from the pets' tiny eyes will strike a chord with any child who's ever wondered how soon that new baby can go back to the hospital. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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