A captivating children's book from Academy Award nominee Spike Lee and the award-winning illustrator Kadir Nelson. Toddlers aren't always easy to handle. As a matter of fact, they seem to have an agenda all their own. What could ever be a match for these tiny bundles of joy? Try an even tinier bundle of energy...with a wagging tail! Following the success of "Please, Baby, Please", Academy Award nominee Spike Lee and his wife Tonya Lewis Lee share the excitement of two toddlers who meet their match and go through the adventures of trying to take care of a new puppy. With one gripping phrase - please, puppy, please! - Spike and Tonya Lee give readers an unleashed, close-up look at baby's first pet. "Please, Puppy, Please" will delight families who will want to share these adorable moments again and again.
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(254mm x 254mm x 9mm)
Simon & Schuster
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Two adorable African-American preschoolers, a boisterous puppy and a marmalade cat are the characters in this exuberant story suitable for children from toddlers to those just learning to read a few words on their own. The two children care for the puppy as he gets into mischief: escaping from the yard, rolling in the mud, getting a bath and fetching a ball. The deceptively simple text features short, rhyming couplets of the children's pleas for the puppy to behave, interspersed with a refrain of variations of the words in the title. The words in the refrain are printed in varying type sizes corresponding to the level of the puppy's antics and the children's resulting frustration, adding an extra dimension to the repetition. Nelson employs a wide range of perspectives in his vibrant oil paintings, sometimes showing the children as the puppy would see them, from below. A memorable climactic spread (with no text) shows the puppy bringing his ball back to the children, showing that the kids really can control their puppy after all. (Picture book. 2-6) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Spike Lee
Spike Lee is one of the most prominent, well-respected and influential media figures today. His films are critically acclaimed and he has been nominated for an Academy Award. Tonya Lee Lewis has worked in children's television and is also the author of The Gotham Diaries, her first novel. Kadir Nelson began his career illustrating the storyboards for Spielberg's Amistad. He also illustrated Please, Baby, Please.