A charming picture book that cleverly captures a universal wish—to love and care for something—and shows that you're never too little to share in that dream, by New York Times-bestselling author Elise Broach.
Once there was a boy who wanted something to take care of. Something of his very own. He begged his mother for a puppy. Until she said YES!
The boy loved his puppy. He fed him and played with him and cuddled him. But soon, the dog wanted something to take care of—something of his very own. So the dog gets a pet cat; then the cat gets a pet bird; the bird gets a pet worm; the worm gets a pet flea . . . and on and on it goes as utter chaos ensues.
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Elise Broach is the New York Times bestselling author of Masterpiece, Shakespeare’s Secret and Desert Crossing, Missing on Superstition Mountain, the first book in the Superstition Mountain Trilogy, as well as several picture books. Her books have been selected as ALA notable books, Junior Library Guild selections, a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book, a New York Public Library Best Book for the Teenage, an IRA Teacher’s Choice, an E.B. White Read Aloud Award, and nominated for an Edgar Award, among other distinctions.
Ms. Broach holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Yale University. She was born in Georgia and lives in the woods of rural Connecticut, walking distance from three farms, a library, a post office and two country stores.
"This sweet story with beautifully vivid illustrations demonstrates how caring for others leads to personal happiness. A winning choice for storytime and family sharing."--School Library Journal
"Barclay’s illustrations are jaunty and cartoonlike, reminiscent of the work of Richard Scarry, with all characters—two-legged, four-legged, or no-legged—having a fantastic time playing and chasing each other. . . Great comedy throughout, with an inspiring closer."--Booklist
"Barclay’s simple, cheery ink-and-watercolor pictures emphasize the joy shared by the boy and the many pets . . . Broach’s language is similarly straightforward as she underscores the responsibilities and rewards of caring for another and the expansive possibilities of family."--Publishers Weekly
"From Broach and Barclay comes a story about the affection that grows between living beings who care for one another. . . . A sweet choice for a simple story that parents and children will enjoy laughing at together."--Kirkus Reviews
"Warm and funny."--The Horn Book
An Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee