Plantzilla by Jerdine Nolen

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Mortimer Henryson loves Plantzilla, the plant he's been taking care of all year in his third-grade classroom. He loves him so much, he takes him home for summer vacation. What could go wrong with a . . . plant? But life in the Henryson household soon takes a strange turn. A pot roast disappears, then steaks from the grill--and where has Mrs. Henryson's prize Chihuahua gone?
In this hilarious story told ingeniously through letters, Jerdine Nolen and David Catrow team up to show that when there's enough love, even the most unlikely character can become part of a family.
 

About Jerdine Nolen

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JERDINE NOLENis the author ofRaising Dragons, which won the Christopher Award and was aSmithsonian MagazineNotable Book for Children. She lives in Maryland.DAVID CATROWhas illustrated many books for children, includingCinderella SkeletonandThe Emperor's Old Clothes, aNew York Times Book ReviewBest Illustrated Book of the Year. He lives in Ohio.
 
Published August 1, 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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Having sat next to “Plantcilia” all through third grade, Mortimer begs permission to bring it home for the summer, but after it proves to be both mobile and carnivorous (the family Chihuahua vanishes), his mother is beseeching Mr. Lester to take it back.

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"Catrow's exuberant vine of a plant creeps and curls from spread to spread, like an exotic jungle creature."

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But Mortimer's parents worry when Plantzilla starts developing an appetite for meat, growing wildly and moving on its own—and just what has become of Mrs. Henryson's prize-winning Chihuahua?

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