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Don't need friends

by Crimi, Carolyn.

Format: Print Book 1999
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Cooper-Siegel Community Library Picture Book E CRI
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
Collection  Picture Book
Call Number  E CRI
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Picture Books j Ea CRIMI
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  j Ea CRIMI
There's a new dog in the junkyard, and boy, is he ever grouchy! He seems the perfect friend for surly, grumbling Rat. But the two animals are only interested in shouting at each other. "Don't you come near me!" barks Dog, and Rat mutters back, "Fine with me. Don't need friends, don't need 'em at all!" But as this crusty duo soon discovers, everybody needs a friend. Especially during a bitter winter in a junkyard where warmth is hard to find--and a foot-long salami sandwich is a near-miracle. Endearing and sassy, this uplifting story of the importance of companionship will put a smile on even the grumpiest of faces.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 3^-7. When Rat's best friend has to move to another junkyard, Rat decides that he does not need friends and won't have them ever again. He shouts and grumbles at all the other animals, so they leave him alone. Then a big, dirty old dog moves in: he's an even bigger grouch than Rat, and they snarl at each other from opposite sides of the junkyard. Munsinger's expressive, detailed line-and-watercolor pictures capture the grouchy nonsense and also the real feelings of hurt and loneliness. With all the quarreling and the junkyard farce, many children will also recognize the anger Rat feels at his friend's leaving and his determination never to let anyone hurt him again. Of course, the two curmudgeons do become friends in spite of themselves, and they howl at the moon together before they curl up side by side. --Hazel Rochman"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Rat is devastated when his best friend moves out of the junkyard, and he meets his match when Dog moves in. A starred PW review said the author and illustrator "are in perfect sync in this slyly funny and deeply touching story." Ages 4-8. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Behavior -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Rats -- Fiction.
Dogs -- Fiction.
Animals -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Doubleday Books for Young Readers,1999
Contributors Munsinger, Lynn.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 0385326432
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