The differences between cats and dogs have never been funnier! In this hilarious new story from the illustrator of I Don't Want to Be a Frog, a little girl really, really wants a dog . . . but gets a cat instead!
"Look what I got for my birthday! A pet dog!" says a little girl holding a . . . cat? Rocky doesn't listen or obey like all the other dogs. (Because Rocky is a cat.) And Rocky hates her leash and doesn't seem to like other dogs. (Probably because Rocky is a cat.) And rather than play fetch, Rocky prefers to . . . lick between her toes? Ew. Rocky is a bad "dog"! BUT Rocky doesn't bark, and is so cute when she sleeps in sunny spots. Maybe Rocky IS a good dog? (Or, you know, maybe Rocky is a cat.)
Cat lovers and dog lovers alike will howl with laughter at this little girl's willful insistence that her cat is a dog. The hilarious ways in which cats and dogs are different are brilliantly illuminated with each turn of the page and will leave young readers and their grown-ups giggling.
★ "Youngsters, especially those with a pet of one kind or another of their own at home, will delight in this case of mistaken identity."—Booklist, starred review
"Look what I got for my birthday!" says Boldt's (Thunder Trucks) deep-in-denial protagonist and narrator. "A pet dog!" Readers will immediately note that the girl is actually clutching a cat, who is throwing some serious side-eye at her new owner. As excited as the child is to have a pet, she has already deemed Rocky a "bad dog": the cat, naturally, won't come when she's called, refuses to socialize with other dogs (instead making a beeline for a tree), and views the prospect of a bath with abject, albeit humorous, feline horror. Gradually, the girl sheds her frustrations and starts seeing Rocky's advantages (for one, she "doesn't have accidents on the floor," preferring to use a potted plant); with a little snuggling and purring, it's finally acknowledged that "Rocky would make a pretty great cat." Boldt's sculptural characterizations and broad visual humor are a powerful comedy delivery mechanism, and while there's never really any doubt about a d tente, it's fun to be a spectator at this battle of wills between the imperious Rocky and her gap-toothed, bobble-headed owner. Ages 3 7.