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Mr. Basset Plays Paperback – August 1, 2004
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3-Something is missing in Mr. Basset's life. Rich beyond his wildest dreams, the hound enjoys a mansion and a private butler, but is unfulfilled-until he sees puppies and kittens playing outside. "By my grandmother's tail, I know what I've been missing!- I want to play!" He orders his butler to purchase the same things with which the little ones amuse themselves. But instead of getting a toy boat and horse, musical instruments, and paint and paper, Walter buys a 60-foot yacht, a trip around the world to collect art, a real horse, and a symphony orchestra. But none of it suits sad and depressed Mr. Basset, who ultimately takes to his bed. Finally, Walter insists that his employer go outside, and a pajama-clad Mr. Basset accidentally catches a passing ball. Voil
! Mr. Basset has found the key to his happiness: youngsters to play with. Large, bold illustrations fill the pages with color, bringing these well-dressed characters to life with personality and humor.
Leslie Barban, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
K-Gr. 3. Wealthy basset hound Reginald E. Basset seems to have everything: a mansion, a devoted butler and staff, important work that fills his days. Still, there's something missing. When Basset sees children happily playing outside, sailing toy boats, blowing musical instruments, painting pictures, he decides that a little recreation is what he needs. But somehow his efforts don't bring the joy he had hoped for--until he realizes that the missing ingredient in his life is really friends. The text incorporates apt similes and descriptions (Mr. Bassett's to-do list is as "long as the hind leg of a greyhound"), and there's lots of tail-wagging, barking, whimpering, and growling to convey emotion. The richly hued, carefully shaded art catches an expressive cat-and-dog cast engaged in familiar activities, with witty canine-related details placed throughout. As Mr. Basset learns, wealth doesn't mean having it all, but having friends is priceless--at any age. Shelle Rosenfeld
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