A Pet for Petunia

A Pet for Petunia

Book - 2011
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Petunia so desperately wants a pet skunk that she refuses to believe her parents when they say skunks stink.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2011
ISBN: 9780061963315
Branch Call Number: E SCH
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill

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skyekilaen
Sep 07, 2016

Petunia wants a pet skunk. She NEEDS a pet skunk. She'll DIE if she doesn't have a pet skunk! If only her parents would agree. Schmid captures Petunia's pleading and indignation perfectly with only a black colored pencil (?) and 2 colors of paint. It's not a complicated story, but it's funny and the zinger at the end left me wishing for a sequel.

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El_Gato
Oct 20, 2012

Concept and story are cute as are the illustrations. But I found myself substituting many words during her rant (excerpts of her rant- "You just don't love me." " I'll die if I don't have a pet skunk"...) Most notably just could not read the sentence "With such disappointing lunkheads for parents...". Just couldn't bring myself to introduce the word "lunkhead" to my 3 year old especially since it was a word the girl is calling her parents.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Sep 15, 2012

A Pet for Petunia is sort of made for both those kids who may be a bit unaware of the downside of skunk ownership and those others who are already in on the joke. Kids ask for all kinds of crazy pets. Few requests, however, are quite as uniquely skewed as those that involve animals that can turn you on to the wonders of tomato soup baths. In a field of I-want-a-pet-book A Pet for Petunia stands alone.

mollycleveland Sep 01, 2011

This book looked so cute, but when I actually sat down to read it to my daughter, I found myself changing the words because I didn't like Petunia's bratty attitude toward her parents when they refuse to get her a pet skunk. Then, in a huff she runs away from home (another bad idea) because her parents are "lunkheads". She finds a skunk and admits her parents were right-he's stinky. But at the end she doesn't learn her lesson. This book is full of behavior I don't want my kids to copy!

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Sep 15, 2012

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Sep 15, 2012

To know Petunia is to know her obsessions. And one obsession that Petunia is currently harboring is an overwhelming, almost incalculable desire to own a very particular animal as a pet: a skunk. Boy, she’d just do anything for a skunk. And when her parents tell her in no uncertain terms that this plan will not be happening their answer seems insufficient to her. Skunks stink? Clearly there’s a bit of parental prejudice at work here. After storming out of her house (“naturally Petunia must leave home”) as luck would have it she encounters her very own, one-of-a-kind, skunk! A real one! Yet as the age old adage says, be careful what you wish for. Sometimes you might just get it.

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