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
Judy Young remembers writing a poem for her grandmother when she was about ten. Her grandmother encouraged her to keep writing, and Judy did! Judy is the author of over two dozen children’s picture books and novels, including The Wild World of Buck Bray series. Judy’s books are used extensively in the public schools and have received numerous awards and honors. One of the most cherished is hearing LeVar Burton read A Pet for Miss Wright for Reading Rainbow Storytime Video to celebrate National Reading Month. Another, was watching as R is for Rhyme, A Poetry Alphabet was performed by the University of Utah’s Creative Dance Program.
Judy received her MA in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Tulsa and formerly worked in the public schools for 20 years. Her first book was published in 2001, and in 2004, Judy left the schools to fulfill her dream of writing full-time. A frequent speaker at schools, children’s lit fests and professional educational conferences, Judy’s firsthand experience in the schools makes her programs not only entertaining, but directly related to school curriculum.
Judy resides in the Bear River Range near Mink Creek, Idaho, with her husband, Ross, a professional artist, who illustrated two of Judy’s books. They have two grown children and several dogs. In her spare time, Judy enjoys hiking, fishing and gallivanting around the country in “Arlo,” the Young’s traveling studio.
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).