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That New Animal

That New Animal
Author: Emily Jenkins
ISBN 13: 9780374374433
ISBN 10: 374374430
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication Date: 2005-03-10
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 32
List Price: $17.99

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.

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-This delightful twist on the frequently explored topic of pets displaced by infants will tickle children's funny bones. The story is told from the points of view of the descriptively named Marshmallow and FudgeFudge. This doggie duo dislikes the intruder in their home, whom they refer to as "that new animal." While their people once used to dote on them, they now devote precious play and belly-scratching time to that funny-smelling newborn. When their humans even dare to scold the two for whining and barking, FudgeFudge comes up with a number of solutions to get rid of the newcomer. She suggests eating it, burying it with their bones, and lying on top of it, but settles for chewing up a few books and dolls. Tired of being the pair's more mature voice of reason, Marshmallow expresses his displeasure by peeing on the carpet. A visit from Grandpa puts matters in a new light as the suddenly protective dogs reason that "It is our new animal to hate as much as we want to," but Grandpa better not try to pick up the baby. 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.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.