My New Shirt

My New Shirt

By Cary Fagan; Dusan Petricic (Illustrator)

Tundra Books, Hardcover, 9780887767159, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 11, 2007

Receiving the yearly birthday gift from his grandmother has become David's living nightmare. The surprise she always has for him never varies. How can he stop this never-ending flow of stiff, white, scratchy shirts perfect gentlemen shirts that make him squirm and pull and shift and twitch? David closes his eyes and imagines a long line of shirts one for every year of his life stretching on forever. Then suddenly, without really intending to, he has done the unthinkable.
DAVID his mother screams. And when David opens his eyes, there are his mother, his father, and his bubbie staring at him. The shirt is no longer in his hands. He has thrown it out the window Now it is out on the street, in the jaws of his dog, and the very merry chase is on.
Bitingly funny and keenly observed, My New Shirt is graphically presented as a photo album commemorating David's desperate act of liberation from a family tradition badly in need of a change.

About the Author
Cary Fagan is a Toronto writer and editor whose books include "The Little Black Dress", "City Hall and Mrs. God: a passionate journey through a changing Toronto", and "History Lessons". His stories and literary journalism have appeared in newspapers and journals across Canada.

Dusan Petricic is an award-winning children's book designer and illustrator whose books include The Enormous Potato and Earthlings Inside and Out. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Praise For My New Shirt

Praise for Cary Fagan:

“Fagan’s prose is engaging….”
School Library Journal

“Fagan proves himself a wonderful writer with a rare comic gift.”
Publishers Weekly

“Cary Fagan gives readers a wonderfully whimsical and yes, heartwarming, story…”