A Pet for Miss Wright

by Judy Young (Author) Andrea Wesson (Illustrator)

A Pet for Miss Wright
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Miss Wright is a writer. She enjoys her work. Each day she sits at her desk and writes stories with marvelous characters who live exciting lives. But, except for the click-click-click of the keyboard, it is quiet in Miss Wright's office. Too quiet. And too lonely. So Miss Wright decides she needs a pet to keep her company. But finding the perfect pet may not be as easy as it sounds. A mynah bird is too quiet, a cat makes her sleepy, and a hamster running around on its wheel makes Miss Wright dizzy. What's a lonely writer to do? As the happy ending to her story, Miss Wright finds not only the perfect pet but also the perfect helpmate to her work. Judy Young's books with Sleeping Bear Press include the recently released A Book for Black-Eyed Susan and The Hidden Bestiary of Marvelous, Mysterious, and (maybe even) Magical Creatures. Judy speaks at schools and conferences across the country. She lives near Springfield, Missouri. Andrea Wesson studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and has illustrated several picture books, including Not Just Another Moose, Opera Cat, and Argus. She lives in Maryland and would love to live in Miss Wright's house by the beach (but not with a monkey).
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K-Gr 3--Because writing is a lonely occupation, Miss Wright seeks the perfect pet to keep her company. The mynah, monkey, fish, hamster, and cat do not live up to her expectations, so she decides that she is finished with pets. The man at the pet store insists she try a dog, and Miss Wright finds him to be the ideal companion. He lets her know with kisses, howls, and other behavior how much he likes her stories, and when the words just do not sound right, the two take long walks to think of better ideas. With her new pet's help, the woman completes a manuscript that is accepted for publication. Cartoon illustrations keep the story lighthearted, although busy patterns on the materials in Miss Wright's house and between pages, along with a lack of unifying colors, diminish the visual appeal. The text may be of particular interest for students studying authors.--Julie R. Ranelli, Queen Anne's County Free Library, Stevensville, MD

Copyright 2011 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date
April 20, 2011
BISAC categories
JUV002190 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Pets
Library of Congress categories
Parents Choice Awards (Spring) (2008-Up)
Approved 2011 - 2011
Delaware Diamonds Award
Nominee 2012 - 2013
Show Me Readers Award
Nominee 2013 - 2014

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