Ava and the Real Lucille by Cari Best & Madeline Valentine

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When Ava and her sister Arlie see the "Write a Poem / Win a Pet" sign in Mr. Noah's pet shop window, Ava is sure the prize is going to be a dog and convinces Arlie to enter the contest with her. The girls write the best poem they can, and while waiting and hoping to win, they decide that "Lucille" would be the perfect name for a dog. But when Mr. Noah finally announces that they have won, Ava is so disappointed when she sees the prize, a parakeet, that she says, "You're not the real Lucille!" Ava must discover for herself that with a little patience, a little imagination, and a lot of love, her new pet will be every bit as much fun as a dog—and a fine friend besides.


About Cari Best & Madeline Valentine

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CARI BEST has written many award-winning picture books, including Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; Are You Going to be Good?, a Parents' Choice Award Winner; and most recently, Easy as Pie. Ms. Best lives in Weston, Connecticut. MADELINE VALENTINE is the illustrator of Albertine's Got Talent by Shena Power. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Published September 4, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Ava and her little sister, Arlie, win first prize in a poetry contest at their local pet store, with an unspecified pet as the prize.

Aug 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Ava and the Real Lucille

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Her owner, Ava, is especially disheartened because she went to all the trouble of composing a special poem about the pet she really wanted—"A dog, a dog/ A big brown dog"—to enter into a local pet shop's contest (the prize was never specified beyond "Win a Pet").

Aug 20 2012 | Read Full Review of Ava and the Real Lucille

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