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Sleepy Pendoodle
Doyle, Malachy.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2002.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 x 27 cm
A girl tries to follow her uncle's instructions for getting her puppy Pendoodle to open his eyes.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.7 0.5 63550.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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This lively and rhythmic read-aloud about a new puppy will delight young pet lovers. Pendoodle the puppy still hasn't opened his eyes, much to his young owner's frustration. Luckily, Uncle Hughie knows just what to do--but can the little girl remember his instructions to wake up her sleepy pup? With engaging illustrations of multicultural characters by Julie Vivas, Malachy Doyle's story warmly portrays a child's experience with a new pet. The cadence of nonsense words in SLEEPY PENDOODLE contributes to a rollicking read-aloud.

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Booklist Review

Ages 2-6. Mixed-up sequences and two misremembered (and vital!) nonsense words form the core of the fun in a book that will delight preschoolers with their ability to remember what the main character cannot. The story, based on an Irish folktale, features a little girl who finds a puppy in an alley. After a week of nursing, the pup still hasn't opened his eyes. The girl asks her uncle what to do and receives these instructions: «Scrubby-scrub your hands . . . put him on your knee. . and say, 'Open your eyes, Sleepy Pendoodle!'» The girl gets home, washes her knees, holds the pup in her hands and incants, «Open your eyes, Sloppy Popwopple!» No result. The mishaps continue, with the girl desperate to remember her uncle's directions. Finally, she gets it right, and the pup opens his eyes and begins cavorting. Vivas' enticing watercolor-and-pencil illustrations are boldly executed, which helps pop out the fun. A laugh-inducing tale. Connie Fletcher.

Publisher's Weekly Review

This winning volume captures all the excitement and mystery of a child bonding with a new pup. After the girl narrator discovers a newborn stray pooch in an alley, she gives him some TLC. In episodic illustrations silhouetted against generous white space, Vivas (I Went Walking) shows the multi-pigtailed girl sudsing him up in a bath, caressing him and feeding him with a bottle. But why won't the puppy open his eyes? The girl then turns to her uncle for advice, who tells her, "You stroke him on the back and say, `Open your eyes, Sleepy Pendoodle! Open your eyes, you pup!' " She tries hard to remember her uncle's words as she runs home, but just can't get it right. Did he say "Pendoodle"? "Pendiddle"? "Pendaddle"? Or even possibly "Sloppy Popwaddle"? As the heroine wracks her brain, she strokes the toast-colored puppy gently, and just when she remembers what to say and pronounces the magic words, "He opened his eyes wide!" Doyle's (The Bold Boy) word play heightens the exuberant fun, the story brims with energy, and Vivas portrays a heroine with warmth and gusto to spare. Ages 3-6. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-When the young heroine of this story finds an abandoned puppy so tiny that his eyes are shut tight, her Uncle Hughie recommends that she scrub her hands, put the dog on her knee, stroke him and repeat, "Open your eyes, Sleepy Pendoodle! Open your eyes, you pup!" By the time she rushes home, she has the sequence all jumbled but after many permutations she achieves success and, just as her uncle predicted, the puppy opens his eyes, frolics around her and, by the last page, grows up to be a big red dog. Although the rather rough handling of so young an animal is discomforting, this story is not without its charm and the fat, floppy, and fluffy pup and the spunky, determined protagonist have real personality. The straightforward story line is leavened by playful language and silly endearments and by Vivas's typically exuberant and loose-limbed characters. The expanses of white in the watercolor-and-pencil illustrations reinforce the simplicity of the text and provide effective contrast to the exaggerated poses of the girl and the dog. An engaging addition to the plethora of puppy tales and pure pleasure to read aloud.-Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.