That New Animal
a picture book; illustrations by Pierre Pratt; FSG/Frances Foster, 2005
FudgeFudge does not like that new animal. Marshmallow does not like it either. Not even a little bit. It came a week ago, and it doesn't seem to be going away. "Do you smell that new animal smell?" complains FudgeFudge. "It's very different from a dog smell."
ALA Notable video/DVD, narrated by the author with ridiculous barking and silly voices, available from Scholastic/Weston Woods for school and libraries, and for families on the Arnie the Doughnut DVD.
What People Say about That New Animal:
Parents' Choice Award. Kirkus Review's list of Best Children's Books. SLJ's list of Best Books, 2005. NY Public Library's list of 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing. CCBC Choice. BCCB Blue Ribbon. Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor.
"Jenkins...is quietly making a career...as one of the freshest, most evocative, and most accessible picture-book writers of family life. Pratt's paintings are suffused with warm tones and furry-textured brush strokes that comfort even during the dogs' anxious moments. The book's unerring identification of the sore spots of dethronement...will definitely strike chords of recognition in young audiences." — The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
"The kind of resonant and quotable text that youngsters will demand to hear again and again." — Publishers Weekly, starred review
"These two will fetch delight in Jenkins's clever take on new arrivals." — Kirkus, starred review
"Funny and well-paced." — The Horn Book, starred review
"This delightful twist on the frequently explored topic of pets displaced by infants will tickle children's funny bones. . . Both the author and illustrator demonstrate wonderful insight into pet psychology and family dynamics. —SLJ, starred review