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Fred and Pete at the Beach
By author: Cynthia Nugent
Selling Points: "Humor, optimism, determination"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2009
Lexile Level: AD460L
Pages: 32
Picture Book
Price:  $19.95
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"This is terrible!" said Fred. "We're lost, everyone's yelling at us and I'm hungry. We'll never get to the beach. I want to go home."

"Don't fret, Fred. We'll find the beach. I just know it's nearby." Pete sniffed the air. "Hey! I can smell it! It IS close!"

"Well, it can't be that close. I can't smell anything," said Fred. He sat down on the sidewalk. "This is impossible."

"Nothing is impossible, Fred!"

Fred is a near-sighted dog who worries all the time. He worries the most about what kind of trouble Pete is going to get them into next. Unlike Fred, Pete is a happy, impulsive dog who believes something wonderful waits around every corner. Fred and Pete live with their human, Ron. When the dogs misbehave, Ron leaves them at home for the day. So the dogs decide to find their own way to the beach. Pete is sure they can get to the beach by themselves, meet up with Ron and all will be forgiven. Full of misgivings, Fred hurries after Pete, if only to try to keep him out of trouble. Follow Fred and Pete on an adventure where they hitch rides in anything with wheels, and optimism prevails.

Tacoma School District #10 - December 10, 2010
"A delightful story...The mixed media illustrations really capture the spirit of the feisty dogs. The students are going to enjoy this book! The website for the book does a good job of explaining how the book was written and illustrated."
Highlands Regional Book Evaluation - May 28, 2010
"Cute...story with colorful illustrations, this is a nice addition for young dog lovers."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media - April 1, 2010
"Bright and bold illustration move the story forward and give depth to this delightful story."
CM Magazine - December 11, 2009
"Nugent's playful text and humorous artwork combine well to create a fun-filled, enjoyable book…Likely to appeal to dog lovers of all ages. Recommended."
Deakin Newsletter - October 1, 2009
"Here are two pups to steal your heart, even from their portraits on the first page…This is a witty engaging tale, full of vitality and humour in text and illustration…Children will enjoy this pair and parents too will have a chuckle reading it. It really is a pleasure."


Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2010
SYRCA Shining Willow nominee, short-listed  CA  2011
Chocolate Lily, winner  CA  2011
CCBC Best Books starred selection, commended  CA  2011

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