Lucille, clad in pink tutu and matching hair bow, can't believe her good fortune when she finds "the cutest critter in the WHOLE forest." She names him Squeaker since h makes "funny sounds" and begs her mother for permission to keep him. Mother Bear warns Beatrice that "children make terrible pets," and that caring for Squeaker will be Lucille's responsibility.
Author/illustrator, Peter Brown, recalls finding a frog in the woods and bringing it home to his mother who was not happy. She asked him to consider how he would feel if a wild animal made him its pet. His response? "Absolutely!"
In the book jacket of this second book about Lucille, Peter Brown gives some advice to his readers about making new friends. As they see from Lucille's attempts, it is usually not effective to scream, "You WILL be my friend!" at people.
The Critics Rave: "I have a pink tutu like Lucille, but she is sort of bossy and she yells a lot. And she should not climb into someone's breakfast even if it's a tree." - Kindergarten
Preschoolers (and older readers!) will be happy to know that I Must Have Bobo and I'll Save You Bobo! by husband and wife team, Eileen and Marc Rosenthal, are currently available at the PJS library.
The Critics Rave: "Earl the cat is rather naughty, but I understand why he wants Bobo just like Willy wants Bobo. No Earl! You can't have Bobo!"
-an enthusiast JK reader