Widget and the Puppy, by Lyn McFarland (Farrar Straus Giroux, 32 pp, 2004, $16, age: 3 – 6 years, preschool – grade 2)
This little book is a fun, giggly read and loquacious conversation-starter for your youngster, starting with the cover: two dogs – one is Widget and the other is the puppy, but which is which? One looks surprised at being licked/kissed by the other.
Widget lives with a little old lady and six cats when who comes in by way of the dog door but a puppy. The little old lady puts Widget in charge of the puppy while she goes searching for the pup’s person. (Actually, Mrs. Diggs tells Widget to watch the puppy. . . . and so Widget does – watch as the puppy gets into one rip-roaring adventure after another.)
Widget and the cats give a whole new meaning to the phrase, “Watch the puppy.“ Like many adults, they can’t keep up with the antics of a puppy until the puppy gets into trouble.
Will Widget save the day before Mrs. Diggs comes home? Or will the puppy win out?
(Second in the Widget books)