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That New Animal

Emily Jenkins; Pictures by Pierre Pratt

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

A new baby changes everything . . . for two dogs

FudgeFudge does not like that new animal. Marshmallow does not like it either. Not even a little bit. So begins this forthright, hilarious, and boldly illustrated story about two dogs that see the arrival of a new baby as a huge problem. They don't like the way that new animal smells or the way the people just sit and stare at it, forgetting all about FudgeFudge and Marshmallow. They have to do something about it, but what? Then one morning a stranger named Grandpa arrives, and he wants to hold that new animal. Instantly FudgeFudge and Marshmallow know they can't allow that. Why? they ask each other. Because, by now, that new animal has become their new animal.

A picture book that speaks with wise and knowing humor to every parent and child who has welcomed or resisted an addition to the family. That New Animal is a 2005 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award Honor Book for Picture Books.

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Praise for That New Animal

"Pratt quirkily illustrates the droll canine point of view with thickly colored, soft-edged brush strokes. Spare facial lines comically express canine and baby reactions. These two will fetch delight in Jenkins's clever take on new arrivals." -- Starred, Kirkus Reviews

"Jenkins...is quietly making a career...as one of the freshest, most evocative, and most accessible picture-book writers of family life. Pratt's paintings are suffused with warm tones and furry-textured brush strokes that comfort even during the dogs' anxious moments. The book's unerring identification of the sore spots of dethronement...will definitely strike chords of recognition in young audiences." -- Starred, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Jenkins's funny and well-paced text flows smoothly." -- Starred, The Horn Book

"This delightful twist on the frequently explored topic of pets displaced by infants will tickle children's funny bones. Both the author and illustrator demonstrate wonderful insight into pet psychology and family dynamics, and the elongated style of the vibrantly colored artwork strikes just the right note of humor and whimsy." -- Starred, School Library Journal

"Jenkins's gift for melding irony with empathy results in the kind of resonant and quotable text that youngsters will demand to hear again and again. Pratt's wry paintings are in perfect sync. Will strike a chord with any child who's ever wondered how soon that new baby can go back to the hospital." -- Starred, Publishers Weekly

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Emily Jenkins; Pictures by Pierre Pratt

  • Emily Jenkins is the author of several picture books, including Daffodil and Five Creatures, an ALA Notable Book. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

    Pierre Pratt haswritten and/or illustrated many books for children. He lives in Montreal, Canada.
  • Emily Jenkins Photo by Heather Weston
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That New Animal

Emily Jenkins; Pictures by Pierre Pratt

School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Awar, Boston Globe – Horn Book Award, Honor Books, NYPLC Children's Books 100, Arizona Grand Canyon Young Readers Master List, South Dakota Prairie Bud Award Master List
  • Hardcover

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