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Please, Puppy, Please Hardcover – November 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Library Binding edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689868049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689868047
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1–Two young children celebrate the joy and challenges of life with their new pet. Puppy is exuberant, energetic, and as undisciplined as can be. The kids are thrilled with their uncontrollable new friend, chasing him, playing with him, and trying to get him to behave. In the spare text, the authors' repetitive dialogue rings true, echoing the sounds of children's excited screams and squeals. Nelson's illustrations are full of movement, switching perspective often to create a frenzied atmosphere. The children and puppy are appealing, dominating each page and keeping the focus clearly on the action. This book would be fun to read to a group, small or large, and the text is easy enough for beginning readers.–Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
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PreS-Gr. 1. Reprising the theme from their earlier collaboration, Please, Baby, Please (2002), filmmaker Lee and his wife, a producer, turn the tables by putting the toddlers in charge this time. Although adults reading this aloud will smile knowingly as the young African American boy and girl plead in vain for their puppy to listen to directions, young readers and listeners may not appreciate the irony. Even so, they'll enjoy the exuberant pup's antics, which Nelson captures from a variety of perspectives in colorful, energetic illustrations: the puppy leaps into the air, rolls in mud, bounds out of his bath, and shakes water all over himself, the children, and the cat. The conscientious youngsters chase him, imploring their "baby" to behave. Picture books featuring children of color that don't make ethnicity the focus of the story are needed in all collections; this one is particularly accessible and fun. Diane Foote
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Customer Reviews

The illustrations are beautiful.
L. Yates
My son got this book when he was about a year old, and it has been in his top 5 favorites for the past year.
Miles's Mommy
She has the book memorized and LOVES for us to read it to her.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mike on March 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
(I have to write reviews for a class I'm in so here's mine for this book):

Kids love puppies and puppies love trouble. Please, Puppy, Please follows a brother and sister and their new and highly mischievous puppy. Inside, the puppy tears up newspaper and makes a mess. Outside, the puppy escapes, gets chased by the children, roles in the mud and makes a mess. After his bath, the puppy shakes water on everyone, and makes a mess. The story is very simplistic but not simple. There is only one sentence on each page but anyone who has ever tried to raise a puppy will instantly know how complex each of those sentences can be with a stubborn puppy. The text follows a poetic structure of having the children wanting the puppy to do something followed by puppy please, please, please (or something similar). The puppy wants nothing to do with these requests, wishing to create his own fun. Fans of the Lees' other book Please, Baby, Please will instantly recognize the same warm illustrations provided by Kadir Nelson. Nelson's soft colors add to the welcoming feel of this book. For all of the troubles that puppies cause to everyone around them, the last few pages show exactly why people willingly go through all this trouble- the friendship and affection that can only be provided by a loving pet.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Britta L. Gregor Krabill on March 31, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As a youth services librarian, I am responsible for the toddler storytime and I'm constantly searching for books that work well with large groups. This book is perfect. Even young ones who are scared of dogs can appreciate the joy of a wet, curious puppy.

The repetition and rhythm keeps the kids engaged while the large, playful pictures are easy to share even when my group is huge.

The illustrations are some of the best I've seen. The puppy's nose looks like it would be wet if you touched the page, and the children are full of life and motion.

I plan to use this book as often as I can and I will be purchasing a copy for my personal library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By OOSA Online Book Club on November 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"Please, Puppy, Please" is about two kids that have a puppy and they want to play with him, but the puppy keeps doing silly things. They try to give him a bath, but he runs from the tub. The puppy finally stops running and being silly.

I liked the book. I really liked the puppy and the way he kept playing. I liked the pictures too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Yolanda Griffin Wallington on April 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I love this book, but not as much as Please Baby Please and it may be because we are not dog owners. Nevertheless, my [...] loves this book. Like me, he favors Please Baby more. He may like this book because he recognizes the similarities between the two. That said, we delight in the puppy's antics and read this book often.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Toni on March 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This was the first book that I bought from the series by Spike Lee and his wife. I fell in love just with the front cover and although you can't judge a book by that, I did and it payed off.

This book was for my 3 year old cousin and I read it on the way to his house, I loved the illustrations and thought the story was great, I would continue to buy this series although the price I thought was a bit too much for a children's book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karenl922 on November 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I read this book almost everyday to my preschool class of youg 2's they absolutely love this book. They can even tell you what is happening on each page now. It is our favorite book and the pictures are amazing as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin Elise Weiss on December 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a fun loving book for my 3 year olds to enjoy a book about dogs, since they are afraid. As we would sit down and read it they were enjoying it, but along came the baby to sit and read with us. Then came the big sister who is learning to read to help read some of the pages...before long it was a family book. The pictures are delighful and really pull you in. The kids loved the repetitive phrase and it doesn't seem out of line with them. This is now a standard birthday gift. We have also recently gotten then Please, Baby, Please and enjoy it equally.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LaNeshaJ on March 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My overly active 20 month old loves this book and will sit still quietly for an entire reading...until we finish at which point she will throw a tantrum because the story is over. The illustrations are beautiful and captivating and the rhythm of the text is delightful. My next purchase will be "Please, Baby, Please." Great work, Lees. I will be keeping my eye out for more from you guys in the future.
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