Who wants a tortoise?

David Keane, 1965-

Book - 2016

Expecting a dog for her birthday, a girl is upset and furious when she gets a tortoise instead, but soon learns that even a tortoise can be a good pet.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Alfred A. Knopf [2016]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 27 cm
ISBN
9780385754170
0385754175
Main Author
David Keane, 1965- (author)
Other Authors
K. G. (Keith Gordon) Campbell, 1966- (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Who wants a tortoise? Well, certainly not the pigtailed narrator, who has been counting on a puppy for her birthday—picking names, reading books, and ignoring her dad's allergies. Her birthday present looks promising with holes in the box, but it turns out they are for the titular tortoise. Keane does a great job of presenting the hurt, disappointment, and anger of a child who is watching her long-held dream morph from adorable puppy into stolid reptile. The girl tries to teach the tortoise tricks to no avail, but slowly (about as slowly as the tortoise moves) she begins to enjoy her pet. And when the tortoise escapes, she experiences real feelings of loss. The happy ending allows the girl to finally pick out a name for the tortoise: Rover. Campbell's art, similar in feel to Sophie Blackall's illustrations, has great charm and appeal and serves the clever story admirably, extending and polishing each plot point. Whether this will make kids prefer tortoises over puppies remains to be seen. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Learn to love the one you're with, Keane (Daddy Adventure Day) suggests in a story about a girl who gets a tortoise for her birthday. She desperately wanted a puppy, but her father is allergic to dogs. Campbell's (Dylan the Villain) softly tinted watercolor-and-colored-pencil drawings say plenty about the girl's emotions as she marches off, lower lip protruding, arms crossed, sent for a time-out after sassing her father ("Did you ever think I might be allergic to a dumb tortoise?"). Campbell captures the girl's scowl when her mother scolds her for decorating the creature's shell (and even painting its nails), and then her dignified stride as she takes her tortoise for his first walk. By the time the tortoise gets lost in the yard, the girl's distress makes it evident that she has found a way to love her pet—and that the name Rover is appropriate for him, too. Carefully tracing the emotional journey from disappointment to love, Keane and Campbell allow readers wrestling with their own frustrations to imagine what change feels like. Ages 5–8. Author's agent: Jennifer Mattson, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (July) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—A girl yearns for a puppy. After much anticipation, her birthday present doesn't turn out to be what she expected. With dreams dashed, she eyes her tortoise warily. Assessing the abilities of her "new lump of a pet," the feisty child discovers that he's not good at fetch, won't "beg for baloney," and doesn't "get excited when you come through the door." The pair do eventually bond over toenail-painting parties and skateboard-enabled walks. When her tortoise goes missing, the girl realizes how much she loves that "rascally guy with the waggly tail." Campbell's quirky colored-pencil and watercolor illustrations are the perfect match for the hilarious, spirited narration. Wearing a paw-print T-shirt, the sassy, pigtailed girl shows her initial displeasure by crinkling her eyes and making her "mad face." In a touching scene, the child appears in the nighttime shadows, wistfully looking out her window for her lost friend. VERDICT Irresistibly idiosyncratic and full of charm, this pet tale is a keeper. An adorable addition to any pet-themed storytime.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ont., Canada. Copyright 2016 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Expecting a dog for her birthday, a girl is upset and furious when she gets a tortoise instead, but soon learns that even a tortoise can be a good pet.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A laugh-out-loud tale of unexpected friendship follows the experiences of a spunky little girl who receives a tortoise for her birthday instead of a puppy and who tries to make the best of things with wacky activities before her pet's disappearance causes her to realize how much they have bonded. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"A sweet read-aloud for first-time tortoise owners." --Kirkus, starred reviewCould there be any better pet than a puppy? One young girl is about to find out. From beloved author Dave Keane and acclaimed illustrator K.G. Campbell, a laugh-out-loud story of unexpected friendship!    When the spunky, loveable narrator receives a tortoise for her birthday, instead of the cuddly puppy she’s longed for her entire life, she’s more than a little disappointed.  But while her new lump of a pet isn’t what she dreamed of, it doesn’t take long—between tortoise-on-skateboard walks, sparkly shell makeovers, and a lemonade stand selling chances to hold a real life tortoise—for the little girl to change her mind—sort of.  But when her pet goes missing, all she wants is to be reunited with her new best friend.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

"A sweet read-aloud for first-time tortoise owners." --Kirkus, starred reviewCould there be any better pet than a puppy? One young girl is about to find out. From beloved author Dave Keane and acclaimed illustrator K.G. Campbell, a laugh-out-loud story of unexpected friendship!    When the spunky, loveable narrator receives a tortoise for her birthday, instead of the cuddly puppy she’s longed for her entire life, she’s more than a little disappointed.  But while her new lump of a pet isn’t what she dreamed of, it doesn’t take long—between tortoise-on-skateboard walks, sparkly shell makeovers, and a lemonade stand selling chances to hold a real life tortoise—for the little girl to change her mind—sort of.  But when her pet goes missing, all she wants is to be reunited with her new best friend.