I Want a Dog

By: Jon Agee

The Copley County Animal Shelter has an aardvark, a lizard, a goose, a weasel, and plenty more. But do they have a puppy? The girl with her wagon is ready to adopt a dog—not an aardvark, lizard, or goose! Can the shelter manager help her to find her perfect pet?

Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9780525555469

JLG Release: Jan 2020


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Topics: Pets , Dogs , Humorous stories

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A determined girl heads to the Happydale Animal Shelter, pulling a red wagon. When she tells the shelter worker that she wants a dog, he shows her everything but a dog. His offerings become increasingly absurd—an anteater, a python (wrapped around his head, no less), a lizard “dressed up as a dog,” a wombat, and more. Eventually the man admit A determined girl heads to the Happydale Animal Shelter, pulling a red wagon. When she tells the shelter worker that she wants a dog, he shows her everything but a dog. His offerings become increasingly absurd—an anteater, a python (wrapped around his head, no less), a lizard “dressed up as a dog,” a wombat, and more. Eventually the man admits, head hanging low, that he has no dog to give her. But then the girl falls for a large seal named Lucinda, balances her atop her tiny wagon, and takes her home. There’s abundant humor in the nonsensical pet options (a dead goldfish) and the man’s suggestions (just teach the lizard to say woof ). The man is exceedingly tall, thereby emphasizing the girl’s diminutive size; this becomes all the funnier as she continues to dig in her heels. Close to the end she passionately lists a dog’s attributes, making this book, in part, a tribute to dogs—that features no dogs. It’s also a tribute to the stubborn, yet highly adapt¬able, nature of children. This is signature Agee: the pictures, punch lines, and expert pacing carry the weight (with the body language being particularly expres¬sive). The barrels of fish spotted near the girl’s swimming pool at home indicate that her new pet is very much here to stay.

Book Details

ISBN

9780525555469

First Release

January 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 550L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Dial

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Pets, Dogs, Humorous stories,

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Book Genres

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