I got a new friend

Karl Edwards

Book - 2017

"A little girl and her new puppy get to know one another"--

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Alfred A. Knopf [2017]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780399557002
0399557008
Main Author
Karl Edwards (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The stages of a friendship—from initial shyness, discovery, and acceptance of quirks and flaws to establishing an enduring bond—are memorably depicted in this story of a little girl and her new puppy. The curly-haired, brown-skinned girl narrates the story; part of the gentle humor here is the way she attributes occasionally being sloppy, dirty, smelly, and noisy to the puppy, when the illustrations make comically clear that she has these traits, too. The pencil-and-watercolor illustrations also use plenty of white space to put the focus on girl and puppy as they get to know each other. Their play moves from frolicking outside to inside, with some subtle delivery of other opposites, as in dirty and clean, lost and found. The book ends with a double-page spread on "How to care for your new friend," which shows the girl with her puppy but also includes tips that equally apply to all friendships and self-care. A joyous look at the work and play that go into pet ownership and friendship. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1—A little girl and a tiny puppy make friends in this sweet picture book about adopting a pet. Though girl and dog are initially a little nervous, they quickly bond. The concise, cheery text, told in first person and presented in a large font ("She gets lost…and found! Sometimes she gets dirty and needs a bath."), gently explains what to expect when a newcomer joins the household: lots of playtime, a little mess, and plenty of hugs and kisses—in short, a lot of work but just as many rewards. The ending contains a bit of a twist (hint: readers may be surprised to discover who's narrating); many spreads will provoke giggles upon rereads. Rendered in pencil and watercolor and digitally refined, the illustrations are cartoonlike and sweet, though never cloying, with copious white space. With thick black outlines and a simple palette, the images have an appealing solidity to them. The curly-haired, brown-skinned little girl and the large-eared, spotted puppy make an adorable pair as they learn what it means to gain a new companion. The final spread contains tips on how to take care of a new friend ("Hug," "Help each other," "Keep clean"). Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When she is given a new puppy, a little girl works through the early stages of introductions and making friends before discovering that she and the puppy truly love each other, in a sweet introduction to the joys of pet ownership. By the creator of Fly! Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A sweet introduction to owning a pet that is perfect for readers of The Most Magnificent Thing and A Ball for Daisy. When a little girl gets a new puppy, they have a lot to learn about each other. The new friends can be shy, messy, and sometimes get into trouble. They get lost, but they always get found. Their friendship may be a lot of work—but at the end of the day, they love each other!  Experience the excitement and mystery surrounding a new pet (and a new friend) in this joyful picture book from acclaimed author and illustrator Karl Newsom Edwards.A Bank Street Best Book of the Year"Cheerfully ingenuous...Totally, infectiously ebullient."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred review"A joyous look at the work and play that go into pet ownership and friendship."--Booklist"The concise, cheery text gently explains what to expect when a newcomer joins the household, [and] the illustrations are cartoonlike and sweet. The curly-haired, brown-skinned little girl and the large-eared, spotted puppy make an adorable pair as they learn what it means to gain a new companion."--School Library Journal