Prudence Wants a Pet

10 best books like Prudence Wants a Pet (Cathleen Daly): Polar Bear's Underwear, Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku, Over and Under the Snow, Bats at the Library, Perfect Square, Children Make Terrible Pets, A Pet for Petunia, Tacky the Penguin, Cat Secrets, E-mergency!

AuthorTupera Tupera
Polar Bear has lost his underwear! Where could it be? There's only one thing to do: Remove the book's underwear-shaped bellyband to find the missing pair! Is that Polar Bear's underwear? No, it's Zebra's—see the colorful stripes? What about that itty-bitty pair? No, those belong to Butterfly! And...
Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku
AuthorLee Wardlaw
Full disclosure here, the author of this book sent me a copy as a gift. This isn't an uncommon occurrence, but I feel obliged to mention that.

I'll be honest, the fact that the story was told entirely in Haiku was *not* a selling point for me when I picked it up. In fact, I was more than slightly skeptical...
Over and Under the Snow
AuthorKate Messner
A cross country skiing outing by dad and daughter becomes the occasion for a consideration of all the critters living (mostly) under the snow during the winter. A companion book with the same level of lovely illustration to Over and Under the Pond, which I may even like a bit more, but they're both great,...
Bats at the Library
AuthorBrian Lies
Another inky evening’s here— The air is cool and calm and clear.
Can it be true? Oh, can it be?
Yes!—Bat Night at the library!

Join the free-for-all fun at the public library with these book-loving bats! Shape shadows on walls, frolic in the water fountain, and roam the book-filled...
Perfect Square
AuthorMichael Hall
Graphic designers of the world, take heed: I am wary of your intentions. I mean it. You guys are, and I say this in the kindest way possible, strange. I don’t mind it when you take up large sections of MOMA with funky chairs. That is entirely your prerogative. No problemo. But when you start writing children’s...
Children Make Terrible Pets
AuthorPeter Brown

Lucy, young bear, finds a very adorable creature (a little boy) in the woods one day and promptly brings it home to be her pet. Her mother warns that "children make terrible pets." But, Lucy is convinced that she and her boy will be very happy together. And they are--for awhile. But, when the boy goes...
A Pet for Petunia
AuthorPaul Schmid
Charming! This is a really fun book to read aloud. It’s also amusing, hilarious in spots.

The purple and black and white illustrations are very appealing, and I love how stripes make many appearances.

Petunia sure is persistent. Some will think she’s annoying but for the most...
Tacky the Penguin
AuthorHelen Lester
This is a mildly funny and sweet story about an unconventional penguin and his conformist peers.

For me, the names of all the penguins were the most amusing part of the book.

This book has some good messages: that being odd or different and being your own person can be a huge positive,...
Cat Secrets
AuthorJef Czekaj
On a purely technical level every book engages the reader, right? The act of reading or listening demands at least a small amount of participation. Then you run into a book like Cat Secrets, which shows the heights to which engaging can go, as it pulls kids into its participatory tractor beam. Confidently...
AuthorTom Lichtenheld
It's an E-mergency! The letter E took a tumble and the only way to get her back on her foot is for people to stop using her. But who can take her place? The other letters have to make a decision ASAP. Z is too sleepy and Y asks way too many questions. Thankfully, O rolls in to try and save the day. Now E can rost up...
Imogene's Antlers
AuthorDavid Small
The family doctor, the school principal, and even Imogene's know-it-all brother, Norman, fail to resolve her dilemma. Imogene, the cook, and the kitchen maid, however, make the best of things, finding unusual uses for Imogene's new horns. Meanwhile, the problem appears to be solved when Imogene...
AuthorMac Barnett
After reading a delightful and positive review here I couldn't resist picking up this book. I love children's stories with animals and nature and am a huge fan of wolves and stories featuring mice. The duck was not so important but hey, the duck turned out to be the key player in this story so...

AuthorLane Smith
Today is a perfect day for Cat, Dog, Chickadee, and Squirrel.

Cat is lounging among the daffodils. Dog is sitting in the wading pool, deep in the cool water. Chickadee is eating fresh seed from the birdfeeder. Squirrel is munching on his very own corncob. Today is a perfect day in Bert's backyard.

I Need A Hug
AuthorAaron Blabey
I Need a Hug. Don't we all?! OK, so today was library day!!! Recently I was told about the wonder that is Aaron Blabey by my awesome librarians and how popular his books are with the kids the librarians read to. So I figure if it's good enough for the kiddies, then it's good enough for me and my librarians haven't...
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