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Let's get a pup! (2001)

by Bob Graham

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One morning, Kate ran to her mom and dad’s room and said “Let’s get a pup.” Kate’s parents were thrilled with the idea and they left for the shelter before they could even finish breakfast. After arriving there, they searched through all the dogs and found Dave, the puppy they were looking for, cute and small. Then as the family walked out, they saw Rosy, an older dog that could barely get around anymore. The family felt sorry for her and wished that she would have a home one day.
When the family brought Dave home, they found he was “everything a pup could be and more.” He cried in his box and the family stayed up all night, wishing for Rosy. The next morning, they went to the shelter and brought Rosy home. Their wishes had come true. Now Rosy had a home and Dave had a friend.
A trip to the shelter can be fun and exciting, but it you often end up wanting to bring home more than one dog. Kate’s family feels the same as they had already chosen Dave, but also fell in love with Rosy. Choosing just one pet can be a difficult task.
I loved Graham’s illustrations in his book. They were colorful and portrayed the diversity today. I liked how the mother was drawn with a tattoo on her arm because parents too, can have tattoos and still be positive role models. ( )
  srmorgan | Mar 29, 2016 |
A cute story about adopting a puppy, and about how what you think you want isn't always what you really want.
I liked that the parents were youngish and punk in appearance (tattoos, earrings).
Recommended by Pam and Laura. ( )
  JennyArch | Jan 23, 2014 |
This is a great book about adopting dogs! About halfway through (when I thought they were leaving the big dog behind) I cried and had broken heart. I actually told my daughter, "it's not fair, everyone wants a puppy. She's old and needs a good place to finish out her life". Yup. I cried. ( )
  AdrienneWood | Sep 18, 2013 |
The end of Kate's bed had been a lonely place, since the death of her cat Tiger the winter before. Then one morning, the irrepressible young girl jumped out of bed, careened into her parents' room, and shouted: "Let's Get a Pup!" And so began the family's journey toward a new animal companion, as they set out for the local Rescue Center, where they found the perfect little puppy: adorable, enthusiastic Dave. They also found a winsome, sweet older dog named Rosy, but sadly, had to leave her behind. Or did they...?

I enjoyed this delightful picture-book about finding the perfect canine companion(s), and found the conclusion, in which Kate, Mom, Dad, Dave and Rosy are all one happy family, immensely heartwarming. I note with some amusement that Bob Graham's excellent artwork, which I particularly loved because it depicts a contemporary family - Mom has a tattoo, and a nose ring, Dad is a little scruffy, and has a few earrings - and a realistic home (various belongings and toys everywhere), has apparently stirred up some controversy, amongst those who are convinced that Dad's t-shirt, in some of these illustrations, features a cigarette, or even a joint! I have to wonder about the eyesight of some of these concerned readers, as the image is clearly that of a match - one that is lit up when he is enthusiastic, and sizzles out when he is sad. Of course, there's always the reviewer that can see it's a match, but objects anyway, as this might give children the wrong idea about playing with matches! Ha! I guess her child won't ever be reading The Little Match Girl - who knows what dangerous habits that might encourage?!?

Leaving aside these curious (and seemingly willful) misinterpretations, "Let's Get a Pup," Said Kate is a just an engaging family and animal story, one which emphasizes the joys of canine companionship, and the importance of compassion (note that the family goes to a rescue shelter to find a pet). Recommended to all young dog lovers, or to any children who like dog stories. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 22, 2013 |
Kate wants a new pet after the family cat dies during the winter it is now summer. So her parents and her got to the rescue center to find a pup. They see all the different kinds of dogs and then they find Dave their new pup but the also see Rosey
  shannonsharp | Mar 9, 2013 |
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The end of Kate's bed was a lonely place.
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Then they saw Dave...He was small. He was cute. He was brand-new.
Then they saw Rosy. She was old and gray and broad as a table. It was difficult for her to get to her feet, but she stood, it seemed, almost politely. Her eyes watered, her ears went back, and she radiated Good Intention.
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After Kate's cat died, she longs for a dog who will sleep at her feet and keep them warm at night. Her parents visit the animal shelter and discover a "small, cute, and brand-new" dog, Dave. However, on their way out, they meet a big, old, smelly dog, Rosy. What will they do? Will they take home both dogs? Children will enjoy this touching story and fall in love with both Dave and Rosy.
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"This is first-rate child’s fare. . . . Sure to make both listeners and readers feel warm and happy when they put it down." - BOOKLIST (starred review)

There are lots of dogs of all shapes and sizes at the animal shelter. But Kate and her mom and dad know they want Dave the moment they see him. He’s small and cute and a perfect fit for the end of Kate’s bed. But then they see Rosy, who is old and gray and broad as a table. How can they take home just one dog when there are so many wonderful animals who need a home? Bob Graham creates an original, endearing family in a touching story that will appeal to animal lovers everywhere.

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When Kate and her parents visit the animal shelter, they intend to adopt an adorable puppy, but find it is very hard to leave an older dog behind.

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