That New Animal by Emily Jenkins

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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.
 

About Emily Jenkins

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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.
 
Published March 10, 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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after all, it’s not his new animal, it’s theirs, “to hate as much as want to.” As the new animal (a baby, of course) crawls its way into the dogs’ hearts, they realize they can like “it” just a bit after all.

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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.

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