The Kettles Get New Clothes by Dayle Ann Dodds

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The hapless Kettles find themselves in a silly spoof of the world of fashion foibles—with the help of sprightly illustrations and a bouncy, repetitive text that begs to be read aloud.

"PAISLEY," said Monsieur Pip, "is perky and spry. I love it, don’t you? Just give it a try."

Once a year the Kettles get new clothes, plain and simple as you please.
But this year their favorite shop has been taken over by Monsieur Pip’s
fancy boutique! Soon they’re on a wild ride through the world of high
fashion, in crazy patterns and every color of the rainbow. Will the
conservative Kettles ever find the clothes they need? Mais oui! For
Monsieur Pip’s customers are always happy - G-U-A-R-A-N-T-E-E-D!

About Dayle Ann Dodds

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Dayle Ann Dodds is the author of several books for children, including SING SOPHIE!, THE GREAT DIVIDE, and PET WASH. Of THE KETTLES GET NEW CLOTHES, she says, "When I was a girl, we spent our summers in the mountains. There were no stores nearby, so as fall approached, we pored over clothes catalogs and the prints, colors, and styles we wanted. Returning home for school, we’d find a big box filled with the clothes we had ordered. Some fit, some didn’t, but it was always fun, G-U-A-R-A-N-T-E-E-D!"Jill McElmurry has also illustrated Lilian Moore’s poetry collection for young readers, I'M SMALLl. She says about this story, "I’d heard about the Kettles and their need for new clothes. Imagine my surprise when I was introduced to them and realized that they were dogs. I love dogs! I love new clothes! I knew then that this was the story for me.
Published August 26, 2002 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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The Kettles are surprised to find that their old clothing store has been replaced by Monsieur Pip’s haute couture boutique.

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On their annual trip to the big city, the Kettles, a family of floppy-eared dogs, know exactly what they want: "Brand-new clothes, plain and simple as you please."

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