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Kindergarten-Grade 2 Henry is looking for the perfect pet. The ad he places in the classifieds reads, must have waggy tail, floppy ears, soft wet nose and warm furry tongue. Duck lives alone on a cold, windy hill where no one calls, writes, or emails. After reading Henry's ad, he makes a clever doggy disguise and journeys off to meet the boy. Henry is delighted with his new dog until its nose, tail, and ears fall off in a game of chase. Then Henry does some research in his Enormous Book of Incredibly Interesting Things and is delighted with his new pet, especially after he makes a list of the duck's skills, including underwater swimming, flying, nest building, excellent at disguises, and can talk...rare, but not unheard of. Declaring the bird the perfect pet, Henry names the now-happy duck Spot. Roberton's line drawings have a palette of mostly of black and white, gray, and touches of green and yellow. They are very effective in conveying mood, action, and humor. The amusing text is placed in and among the illustrations for a seamless partnership between the two. An excellent tale about not getting what you thought you wanted but loving it anyway. Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
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Roberton brings a delightful sophistication and a unique twist to the kid-wanting-a-pet theme. Henry wants a dog “more than chips, more than a cowboy costume, more than an all-expenses-paid trip to the moon, more, even than world peace itself.” He advertises for his perfect pet and waits. Enter a lonely, nameless duck that reads and responds to the ad. Donning a doggy disguise—complete with the waggy tail and floppy ears—the duck pleads his case to be Henry’s perfect pet and wins the boy’s heart. Very simple black-and-white cartoon-like drawings with just hints of color will win children’s hearts. The boy and the duck make for a winsome duo—pictures of the duck taking a bath and the boy blow-drying the duck’s feathers are irresistible. This wholly satisfying story with understated humor conveys the theme of friendship and is a perfect choice for storytime. It can also ignite discussions about problem solving and being open to the unexpected. Preschool-Grade 3. --Patricia Austin
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399254617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399254611
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sweet story, great illustrations.
Holly Donahue
The boy looked up what ducks can do and made a list of all of the good things about ducks and tells the duck that he is the perfect pet for him.
elfdart
I have a second grader and a fifth grader at home, and this book delighted both of them.
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By elfdart on November 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is an adorable book. The story opens with a little boy who talks about how very badly he wants a pet, and of all the pets, a dog is the best pet of all. It is fun, cuddly and it plays with you. So the boy outs an ad in the paper for a dog to be his pet. Far away a duck who lives on a hill-top is very lonely. He reads the ad in the news paper and decides he will try to be the perfect pet for this boy. He disguises himself as a dog and goes to meet his new owner. When he gets there the boy is overjoyed to finally have a dog all his own and takes it out to play immediately. He notices however that his dog isn't really good at doing regular doggy things such as play fetch or run around and soon the duck is revealed for who he truly is. The boy is somewhat dismayed to learn that his dog was in fact a duck and goes inside. The duck is of course heart-broken and dejectedly goes in to find the boy reading a book, the encyclopedia. The boy looked up what ducks can do and made a list of all of the good things about ducks and tells the duck that he is the perfect pet for him. And they're both happy.

This story is adorable. The illustrations are so cute and they compliment the story line so well. The story is about seeing the good in what you have and what comes your way, even if it's not exactly as you expected it, and it's told in a way that makes it a touching read for both young and old.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill R. on August 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My 7 year old loves this story - both when I read it to her and when she reads it to me. Can't ask for more than that.
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By TGL on December 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
What I love about this book: 1. The "big" story is excellent, with lots of amusing little embellishments along the way. Don't miss the super-funny want ads. 2. The way it's divided into two stories, which converge at the end. 3. The voice. It's a bit irreverent, and sweet without being sappy. My favorite line: "'Quack,' said Spot." My only criticism is that I wish the cover were more interesting and hand-crafted, but this is more than made up for by the rest of the book and the wonderful last illustration.
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