Poppy the Pirate Dog's New Shipmate

illus. by Mike Phillips. 64p. Candlewick. Apr. 2014. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780763667511. LC 2013944005.
K-Gr 2—It is often hard to adjust to a new addition to the family, and for Poppy, it is no different. When her family discovers that she is lonely when they leave for work and school, they eagerly adopt a "shipmate" for her. However, the newcomer is not the adventurous little puppy that Poppy had been hoping for. It is a kitten. Her disappointment turns to resentment when George uncovers Poppy's treasure and is allowed to sit in the middle of the family's bed. Poppy rejects her new sibling until an accident happens and Poppy is forced to make a very important decision. This book is perfect for children who are looking for an easy reader that contains more challenging vocabulary and a lengthier yet exciting text. The colorful ink and watercolor illustrations are lighthearted and provide terrific context clues.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE
With summer over, everyone in the family is busy, and Poppy the Pirate Dog is lonely. But when her family brings home a kitten, Poppy isn't happy. George couldn't possibly make a good shipmate--or will he? The second very-early chapter book offers a more cohesive plot than its predecessor. Loose-lined ink and watercolor illustrations afford the domestic swashbucklers much personality.

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