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Please, Puppy, Please Hardcover – November 1, 2005

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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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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 (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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(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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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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My 2 year old granddaughter loves dogs and finds this book enchanting. The story line is very heartfelt with the children learning to care for their new puppy who does not want to do what he is told. Manners, patience and puppy love are clearly felt by the reader. Her older sister at 5 found the story enchanting too and can read some of the pages to her sister due to the repeated phrases.
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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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I had to give it at least 4 stars because my son enjoyed the book so much and because the illustrations are beautiful. The book is very easy for a toddler to follow and short enough not to lose their attention. I also liked that the book has characters that look like my son. The only thing I didn't like about the book is that it is so repetitive with the "Please puppy please", "Puppy puppy please puppy", "Puppy please please please please", etc on every page. I felt Spike Lee could have been a little more creative instead of so repetitive which is why I didn't give it 5 stars.
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By Toya on November 14, 2015
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My little girl loves this book! It became her fave and before age one. The repetitive wording is what helps the younger ones follow along- which leads to learning and understanding. Love, love, love it!
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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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This book has provided hours of entertainment in our house as our son who is learning to talk imitates our interpretations of the children pleading with their dog to listen. I would definitely recommend to any parents who want a few minutes of reading time with their children.
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