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Friday 9 September 2011

Review: Prudence Wants a Pet

Prudence wants a pet. But her parents think they’re too expensive, too messy, too noisy. So Prudence finds her own pet.

It’s a branch.

She takes Branch for a walk, she gives it some water (it doesn’t eat much) but it trips up Dad one too many times.

Dad makes twigs of Branch.

Prudence finds a new pet. Its name is Twig. Twig lives in Prudence’s pocket but ends up disappearing in the rinse cycle.

Prudence finds several new pets – an old shoe named Formal Footwear, a tyre, a baby brother (who doesn’t much like being fed grass). Poor Prudence. Will she ever find a pet to love?

This is a truly adorable book. I love the long landscape format and I go bananas over the absolutely priceless illustrations, which combine comic hilarity with superlative charm.

And I absolutely love the witty writing by author Daly. Its rhythm and voice is truly divine – faultless, actually – and the book is subsequently a joy to read both silently and out loud.

One of my new favourite books for 2011.

Title: Prudence Wants a Pet
Author: Cathleen Daly
Illustrator: Stephen Michael King
Publisher: Scholastic, $24.99
Publication Date: September 2011
ISBN: 9781741699654
Format: Hard cover
For ages: 3 – 8
Type: Picture Book