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Dav Pilkey has written and illustrated numerous popular, award-winning books for children, including the Captain Underpants and Dumb Bunnies series; DOG BREATH, winner of the California Young Reader Medal; and THE PAPERBOY, a Caldecott Honor Book. He lives with his wife in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him online at www.pilkey.com.
Gr 1-2-- The loveable blue dragon stars in his fourth book for beginning readers. This time, he rescues a fat gray cat from freezing in the snow, decides to keep it, and quite logically names it ``Cat.'' The only problem is that Dragon knows nothing about caring for pets, or the smelly puddles they leave. When he finally gets to the pet store for advice, he leaves with all the things Cat will need to live comfortably, but forgets Cat. When Dragon finally finds his new companion, he is in for quite a surprise. The simple cartoon illustrations in vibrant watercolor and pencil enhance the gentle humor of the story and the characters as well. A book that will be loved by Dragon's fans, and one that's sure to win him many new friends. --Rachel Fox, Port Washington Pub . Lib . , NY
The beguiling, bright blue star of three previous early readers here deals with the trials and tribulations of adoptive parenthood as only he can. ``One snowy day in January,'' Dragon rescues a gray tabby from the elements and names it Cat. So far, so good--but such problems as how to train his new friend and what to feed it prove vexing. Worst of all, ``Dragon did not know what to do about all the yellow puddles Cat made.'' With the help of the pet store's accommodating sales pig, Dragon, Cat and some unexpected additions settle in blissfully for a long winter's nap. As in the previous titles, humor and sentiment are adroitly whipped into a seemingly effortless souffle. Pilkey's narrative understatement and cheery, heavily defined artwork once again form a humorous, harmonious whole. Ages 6-8. (Mar.)