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That New Animal

by Emily Jenkins
Illustrated by Pierre Pratt

Published by Frances Foster Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005
32 pages
ISBN: 0-374-37443-0

Ages 3-7

FudgeFudge and Marshmallow don’t like the new animal in their home. Not only does it smell distinctly undoglike, but ever since it arrived, no one thinks to scratch Marshmallow’s tummy. And someone is always occupying FudgeFudge’s special spot on the couch. As FudgeFudge and Marshmallow strategize about their options (bite it? bury it in the yard?), someone new arrives. He’s called “Grandpa.” And as annoying as the new animal is, it’s even more annoying when Grandpa seems to think the new animal is his to play with whenever he wants. The new animal is their animal after all. “To hate as much as they want to. And to like, just a little bit.” Pierre Pratt’s quirky style of drawing figures—both human and animal—are a terrific match for Emily Jenkins’s highly unsentimental and wholly amusing story about the arrival of a new baby from two dogs’ points of view.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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