The Perfect Puppy for Me by Jane O'Connor

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Here is a terrific book for anyone who wants a puppy. Our hero is desperate for a dog of his own. He has dog T-shirts, posters, books, and even a barking clock! But he has to wait until next year when he's ten before he can have a real dog. That gives him lots of time to meet all kinds of dogs and puppies. Next door is Duke, a German shepherd who brings in the groceries; then there's Patsy, a big Newfie who loves to swim! And a little Jack Russell named Tidbit with boundless energy. With so many breeds, how will he ever decide which one is best for him? After visits to the dog show and the dog park, and to see newborn puppies, our friend really gets a feeling for each breed and so will readers. And if you want to know what kind of dog he ends up with, you'll just have to wait and see. That's a surprise!


About Jane O'Connor

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Born in New York City in 1947, Jane O'Connor received a bachelor's degree in English literature from Smith College in 1969. In 1971, she began her publishing career by working in the editorial department of Hastings House Publishers. From 1977 to 1983, she was an editor at Scholastic, Inc.; then she moved to Random House, where she became editor-in-chief of children's books. In 1989, she moved to Grosset and Dunlap. Her first novel, Yours Till Niagara Falls, Abby, was published in 1979. Since then she has written more than 30 children's books including the Nina, Nina Ballerina stories, the Fancy Nancy series and the adult novel Dangerous Admissions. She has won numerous awards including the New York Academy of Sciences Honor book, 1981, for Magic in the Movies: The Story of Special Effects, with Katy Hall; Golden Sower Award, Nebraska Library Association, 1982, for Yours Till Niagara Falls, Abby; Children's Choice designation, International Reading Association, 1989, for The Ghost in Tent Nineteen; "nonfiction book for 2002" citation, Booklist, and Orbis Honor Book, both 2002, both for The Emperor's Silent Army: Terracotta Warriors of Ancient China; and the Quill Award for Best Picture Book, 2007 for Fancy Nancy. Jane O'Connor is vice-president and editor-at-large for Penguin Books for Young Readers. JESSIE HARTLAND is the author and illustrator of "Clementine in the City" and the illustrator of "The Perfect Puppy for Me" and "Drawing with ""S""cissors," both by Jane O'Connor. She designs ceramics, windows, and lots of other wonderful things. Jessie got the idea for "Night ""S""hift" when she was decorating windows at Barney's many moons ago. She lives with her family in New York City and Bellport, Long Island.
Published June 23, 2003 by Viking Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The first-person narrator of this charmingly illustrated canine tale investigates a variety of dog breeds before selecting a puppy for his birthday gift.

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PW wrote in a starred review, "For its boundlessly energetic images, its down-to-earth tone and its smart advice, this book wins Best in Show."

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Two paws up for this lively canine compendium, which introduces kids to a kennel's worth of dog breeds. Undecided about what kind of dog he wants, a boy surveys the pups owned by his friends an

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