Petunia Goes Wild by Paul Schmid

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Petunia has had just about enough of being human. All those baths, good manners, clean clothes, even combed hair!

So our clever Petunia hatches a shocking and audacious plan to get away from all the haftas and instead live wild and free.

It is only when Petunia is about to leave it all that she realizes there can be joys and pleasures in being a human child.


About Paul Schmid

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Author Bio: Paul Schmid is the author and illustrator of A Pet for Petunia, Petunia Goes Wild, and Hugs from Pearl. In 2010, he was awarded a month-long fellowship with Maurice Sendak. He lives in Seattle, with his wife, Linda and their daughter Anna, but no alligators. Visit him at
Published January 24, 2012 by HarperCollins. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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Her mother’s singing in the kitchen draws Petunia back to her human house, but readers sense Petunia will always remain a little feral.

Dec 14 2011 | Read Full Review of Petunia Goes Wild

City Book Review

Close to every little one’s heart, Petunia uses her colorful imagination to transport her to a reality of eating on the floor, taking baths in mud puddles, and informing her parents that she needs a cave to live in.

May 01 2012 | Read Full Review of Petunia Goes Wild

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Donning a tiger tail, she eats her breakfast off the floor, bathes in mud, and insists that her parents find her a cave.

Dec 19 2011 | Read Full Review of Petunia Goes Wild

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