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Author: Mike Wohnoutka

Illustrator: Mike Wohnoutka

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Publisher: Holiday House,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Little Puppy is in search of someone to play with. But who? When Little Puppy spots Big Green Monster sitting on the bench reading, he decides that Big Green is the perfect playmate. Even after Big Green Monster makes it pretty clear he doesn’t want to play catch or hide and seek or tag. Poor Little Puppy! This picture book celebrates perseverence and friendship.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, easy reader

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 7; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: Adorable. The cover alone is a grabber. The author perfectly captures the personality of a persistent, full of energy puppy dog. Big Green is definitely a monster, but not the kind whose image will scare kids. The few words — often repeated — on the pages make this picture book a great early reader selection, too.

Pros: Sweet characters instantly tug at your heartstrings and action-filled illustrations will tame even the wiggliest listener. Young listeners will LOVE *reading* the Big Green Monster’s parts.

Cons: Little Puppy is so cute you might start getting requests for a pet!

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a perfect bedtime story and you’ll be reading it a lot.

If You Liked This Book, Try: HOP PLOP   I WANT A PET!   ME TOO!

Educational Themes: There are lots of ways to enjoy the book. For example, with toddlers and preschoolers you can talk about opposites and colors. First graders will enjoy reading it, and the story is such that you can use "reading theater" and let your young reader *be* the monster. There are also opportunities to talk about respect, friendship, acceptance, and perseverance.

Notes: The author donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, friendship, animal characters

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2014

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