Flubby Is Not a Good Pet!
Flubby Is Not a Good Pet!

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Series: Flubby   

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Annotation: Although Flubby the cat refuses to do pet tricks, he proves his pet worthiness during a scary situation.
Catalog Number: #209859
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 32 pages
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-524-79078-8 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-7628-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-524-79078-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-7628-8
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2019005050
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
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Kirkus Reviews
Meet Flubby, a quintessential cat. Flubby, a rotund gray-and white cat with stubby legs, seems unimpressed by his owner's expectations of pet behavior. He won't sing like Kim's bird, catch like Sam's dog, or jump like Jill's frog. Flubby doesn't even run when it rains. But when thunder pounds—"KA-BOOM"—cat and kid need each other. Morris limits her palette to muted shades of brown, blue, gray, and green with an occasional spot of orange. Short, declarative sentences follow a predictable pattern and complement the spare illustrations. Cartoon panels opposite full-page pictures move the simple story along. In one memorable double-page spread, the action—of the child throwing a ball while Flubby watches and then rolls over to sleep—moves readers' eyes left to right across the spread in three stacked, horizontal panels. A full range of emotions, including happiness, frustration, boredom, concern, disappointment, fear, is conveyed with subtle changes in posture and eyes. The human characters are a multiracial mix. Kim presents Asian; Sam appears black; Jill seems white. Flubby's owner is not gendered and has longish brown hair and brown skin. Series companion Flubby Will NOT Play with That! publishes simultaneously.Nonjudgmental encouragement for new readers—even if they flub up. (Early reader. 5-8)
Word Count: 121
Reading Level: 0.7
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 0.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 503959 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 140L
Guided Reading Level: R

A 2020 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book

Meet Flubby--the lovably lazy feline who prefers a purr-fectly laid-back lifestyle!


Flubby is a big, sleepy cat who refuses to do the things that other pets do. He won't sing, catch, or even jump! But when a scary situation brings Flubby and his owner together, they realize they really do need each other--and that makes Flubby a good pet after all.

The charming illustrations, simple text, and comic-like panels by J. E. Morris, author-illustrator of the Maud the Koala books, make this a unique format with a narrative style perfect for storytime and progressing readers. Exciting, easy-to-read books are the stepping stone a young reader needs to bridge the gap between being a beginner and being fluent.


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