A Pet for Miss Wright
by Judy Young
Miss Wright is a writer. She enjoys her work. Each day she sits at her desk and writes stories with marvelous characters who live exciting lives. But, except for the click-click-click of the keyboard, it is quiet in Miss Wright's office. Too quiet. And too lonely. So Miss Wright decides she needs a pet to keep her company. But finding the perfect pet may not be as easy as it sounds. A mynah bird is too quiet, a cat makes her sleepy, and a hamster running around on its wheel makes Miss Wright dizzy. What's a lonely writer to do? As the happy ending to her story, Miss Wright finds not only the perfect pet but also the perfect helpmate to her work. Judy Young's books with Sleeping Bear Press include the recently released A Book for Black-Eyed Susan and The Hidden Bestiary of Marvelous, Mysterious, and (maybe even) Magical Creatures. Judy speaks at schools and conferences across the country. She lives near Springfield, Missouri. Andrea Wesson studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and has illustrated several picture books, including Not Just Another Moose, Opera Cat, and Argus. She lives in Maryland and would love to live in Miss Wright's house by the beach (but not with a monkey).
- Dewey: E
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Hardcover (9781585365098): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2011, 04/01/2011
- PDF (9781410307811): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2011, 04/15/2011
- Hosted ebook (9781627534574): 32 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 9
- ATOS Reading Level: 3.5
- ATOS Interest Level: LG
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 143545
- Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5
- Missouri Show Me Readers Award Nominees, Runner-up, 2013
- Children's Choices List, Short-listed, 2012
- Paterson Prize for Books for Young People--Honor Book, Commended, 2012
- Delaware Diamonds Reading List, Short-listed, 2012
- Parents' Choice Approved Award--Picture Book Category, Winner, 2011
- Louisiana Reading Association's Children's Choice List, Short-listed, 2011
A Review of "A Pet for Miss Wright" in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
Reviewed on 1 July 2011
A Pet for Miss Wright is a delightful story for young children ages 6-10 years old about an author and her day-to-day struggle to produce good writing. It is wonderful and inspiring for children to think about real people writing books! The story goes on to tell how Miss Wright’s home is too quiet, so she brings in one pet after another until she finally brings home a dog who acts as her “editor.” The whimsical watercolor illustrations bring the story to life, humorously showcasing one writer’s experience.
The author, Judy Young, has written several books published by Sleeping Bear Press, including The Lucky Star, R Is for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet, and A Book for Black-eyed Susan. A Pet for Miss Wright retails for $15.95 and would be especially helpful for children who are having difficulty connecting with literature or are developing into reluctant writers. Enjoy!
Author: Judy Young
Illustrator: Andrea Wesson
Andrea Wesson studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and has illustrated several picture books, including Not Just Another Moose, Opera Cat, and Argus. She lives in Maryland and would love to live in Miss Wright’'s house by the beach (but not with a monkey).