Katie and the Puppy Next Door

John Himmelman; illustrations by John Himmelman

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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Katie is surprised when Ruby, the new puppy next door, comes for a visit. Ruby runs right into Katie’s house and starts playing—with Katie’s favorite things! She even eats Katie’s food! Katie thinks this is terrible, and she chases Ruby away. But Sara Ann is disappointed. She wants Katie to share. She says sharing is fun. But Katie has her doubts about that!


Praise for Katie and the Puppy Next Door

"Katie and Ruby and their kitty friends enjoy themselves; young readers will enjoy them too." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Himmelman’s pencil and watercolor illustrations were rendered in soft blues, greens, and purples. Emotions are expressed through the pictures, and sound words appear in different colors and fonts." - School Library Journal


Praise and awards for Katie Loves the Kittens:

Children’s Choice Book Award Finalist

Cybils Award Finalist

Junior Library Guild Selection

* “Katie is the very picture of openheartedness, confusion and contrition, and readers will root for her from the very first page.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Himmelman’s charming watercolor-and-ink illustrations depict a character sure to earn the affection of young readers.” —School Library Journal

“Delightful . . . gloriously comic.” —The Wall Street Journal

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  • John Himmelman; illustrations by John Himmelman

  • John Himmelman is the author and illustrator of more than sixty books for children, including Chickens to the Rescue, Pigs to the Rescue, Cows to the Rescue, and Katie Loves the Kittens, which was a Children’s Choice Book Award Finalist. He lives in Connecticut with his family.

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Katie and the Puppy Next Door

John Himmelman; illustrations by John Himmelman

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year


Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)