The Pug Who Wanted to Be a Pumpkin

Aladdin. (The Pug Who Wanted to Be). Jul. 2022. 160p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534486911; pap. $7.99. ISBN 9781534486904.
Gr 2-4–Chloe and her pug Peggy are a tight-knit team. Everywhere Chloe goes, Peggy is right there by her side. Peggy has a special ability that no one else knows about: she can understand what humans say and talk with other animals, so she’s always in tune with what’s going on with Chloe and her family. In this Halloween edition of their adventures, there’s endless fun from a sleepover, piles of fall leaves, a scary old house, and jack-o’-lanterns. Most exciting is the planned Halloween party at the café her mom runs for pets and their owners. The only problem is that Chloe doesn’t know what costume she wants. Peggy knows that she doesn’t want any costume at all. In fact, she’d prefer to stay home where she’s safe from zombies and ghosts. However, she’d do anything for Chloe, so she lets Chloe dress the two of them up in matching pumpkin costumes, and she’s glad she does. The party is fun, and Peggy gets to talk with her friends and uncover the secret of the Ghost Dog. This early chapter book is a sweet, uncomplicated story enhanced with illustrations from Jones. Originally published in the UK, the book has a scattering of Briticisms that may stymie some readers and complicate comprehension.
VERDICT An additional purchase where others in the series are popular.

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