Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

"Let's Get a Pup!" Said Kate

Bob Graham
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Candlewick, 2003   ISBN: 978-0763621933

Last winter Kate’s cat Tiger died and she is missing his presence in her life, especially when she lies in bed. There is a noticeable “lonely place” at the end of her bed.

One summer morning Kate runs into her parent’s room shouting, “Let’s get a pup!” Luckily for her, her parents are more than willing to get a new family pet, and very soon Kate and her parents are driving to the Rescue Center.

At the Rescue Center, they see dogs of all kinds, many of which are not what they are looking for. Then they see Dave. Dave is small and cute and “brand new,” and he is just what they want. Then they see Rosie. She is old, large, and slow, but she has an air of “Good Intention.” Kate and her family wish Rosie well, hoping that someone would come along who will let her lie on their floor, or couch, or bed. If only…

In this delightful picture book, we meet a family in need of a dog, and two dogs in need of a family. Children and their grownups will be thrilled that in this story there is a wonderfully happy ending.

With a touching story and expressive illustrations, this book is a must for anyone who has a fondness for dogs.