A Promise Is a Promise
Publication Date: April 24, 2007
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For all parents who have made a promise — and every kid who has held them to it — comes a cautionary tale from a masterfully witty pair.
George is a very lucky boy. He has everything a boy could want, except for one thing: he doesn’t have a pet. When George’s father finally sighs, "All right, you may have a pet," George goes out to look for one — but how is he to know that it can’t be too big, or too scampery, or too toothy, or too . . . unusual? A revered author and a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist keep their tongues in their cheeks as they spin a wry tale of promises and pets, befuddled parents and a triumphant child.
Florence Parry Heide is the award-winning author of more than fifty children’s books, including the classic THE SHRINKING OF TREEHORN, illustrated by Edward Gorey, and SOME THINGS ARE SCARY (NO MATTER HOW OLD YOU ARE), illustrated by Jules Feiffer. She lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Tony Auth is the illustrator of MY CURIOUS UNCLE DUDLEY by Barry Yourgrau. His irreverent Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoons have appeared in the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER and other newspapers since 1971. He lives in Philadelphia.
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