Tuesday, January 25, 2011

another nice review

From the Library Pirates:

A Pet for Petunia

by Paul Schmid

Something about the cover of this book drew me in. I had to read it before leaving the library the day it arrived even though I already had my coat on. Within two pages, I found someone who would listen as I transformed into performance mode.
Petunia is a fan of skunks. So much so that her toy skunk is no longer a suitable pet. She has decided that only the real thing will do. Petunia has a very childlike tirade near the middle of the book that sent me into a gale of laughter. Her desire for a cute, cuddly friend cannot be quelled, no matter what she learns about the creatures.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

review from Publishers Weekly

Rawther nice:

A Pet for Petunia 
Paul Schmid, Harper, $12.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-06-196331-5 
Extroverted Petunia wears a striped purple jumper and lives a life filled with exclamation points; she “wants wants, wants! a REAL pet skunk.” She pleads with her parents, who are never on-camera; it’s mostly Petunia’s side of the conversation, overheard like half of a cellphone call. Her begging culminates with a rant so impassioned that it fills an entire page with words that start out huge and shrink, line by line, as her protests lose steam: “STINK? How can you say that!...You said no when I wanted a python, too! I bet Katie’s parents would get her a skunk.” Schmid’s (The Wonder Book) line drawings are simple, fluid, and convey lots of valuable information: when Petunia makes a snack for her stuffed skunk, the milk carton on the table leaks where she’s ripped it open, betraying her claims of responsible care (“I’ll feed my skunk every day. I promise!”). An encounter with a real skunk gets Petunia’s mind off pets--briefly. Enthusiastic and single-minded, Petunia makes delightful company; kids will recognize themselves and clamor for rereads. Ages 3–7. (Feb.)