Don't Need Friends by Carolyn Crimi

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There's a new dog in the junkyard, and boy, is he ever grouchy! He seems the perfect friend for surly, grumbling Rat. But the two animals are only interested in shouting at each other. "Don't you come near me!" barks Dog, and Rat mutters back, "Fine with me. Don't need friends, don't need 'em at all!" But as this crusty duo soon discovers, everybody needs a friend. Especially during a bitter winter in a junkyard where warmth is hard to find—and a foot-long salami sandwich is a near-miracle.

Endearing and sassy, this uplifting story of the importance of companionship will put a smile on even the grumpiest of faces.
 

About Carolyn Crimi

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Carolyn Crimi is the author of numerous picture books, including "Boris and Bella", "Where's My Mummy?", and "Don't Need Friends". She was born and raised on Long Island, New York, and now lives in Illinois with her husband and pug. Lynn Munsinger was born December 24, 1951 in Greenfield, Massachusetts. She attended Tufts University and graduated in 1974. The following year she enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in illustration. She received her degree in 1977 and continued her studies in London. She has illustrated more than a dozen popular books for Houghton Mifflin Company. Since 1978, she has illustrated over 70 children's books for over 25 different authors, but is best well known for her partnership with Helen Lester. Munsinger and Lester have been together since first publishing The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken in 1983 with Houghton Mifflin Company and Walter Lorraine, their editor. They have collaborated on the Tacky the Penguin series and many other popular titles including the award-winning Hooway for Wodney Wat. Lynn Munsinger is a full-time illustrator.
 
Published June 1, 2001 by Perfection Learning. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Devastated when his best friend moves out of the junkyard, Rat decides to become a recluse.

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Rat is devastated when his best friend moves out of the junkyard, and he meets his match when Dog moves in. A starred PW review said the author and illustrator

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When his best friend Possum moves away from the junkyard one fall day, Rat decides he doesn't need friends anymore.

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Children can readily see that Rat's attempt to deny his need for friends is self-defeating, but they also sympathize with his bluff and are touched when Rat and Dog gain enough trust to reveal (rather backhandedly) the kind hearts beneath their rough exteriors.

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Children can readily see that Rat's attempt to deny his need for friends is self-defeating, but they also sympathize with his bluff and are touched when Rat and Dog gain enough trust to reveal (rather backhandedly) the kind hearts beneath their rough exteriors.

Jan 02 2016 | Read Full Review of Don't Need Friends

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