Ava and the Real Lucille by Cari BestAva and the Real Lucille by Cari Best

Ava and the Real Lucille

byCari BestIllustratorMadeline Valentine

Hardcover | September 4, 2012

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When Ava and her sister Arlie see the "Write a Poem / Win a Pet" sign in Mr. Noah's pet shop window, Ava is sure the prize is going to be a dog and convinces Arlie to enter the contest with her. The girls write the best poem they can, and while waiting and hoping to win, they decide that "Lucille" would be the perfect name for a dog. But when Mr. Noah finally announces that they have won, Ava is so disappointed when she sees the prize, a parakeet, that she says, "You're not the real Lucille!" Ava must discover for herself that with a little patience, a little imagination, and a lot of love, her new pet will be every bit as much fun as a dog-and a fine friend besides.

CARI BEST has written many award-winning picture books, including Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; Are You Going to be Good?, a Parents' Choice Award Winner; and most recently, Easy as Pie. Ms. Best lives in Weston, Connecticut.MADELINE VALENTINE is the illustrator of Albertine's Got Talent...
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Title:Ava and the Real LucilleFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 10.76 × 8.85 × 0.24 inPublished:September 4, 2012Publisher:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0374399034

ISBN - 13:9780374399030

Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"Many kids will relate to Ava's craving for a canine." -BCCB

"Endearing." -Publishers Weekly

"Lucille is the real deal." -Kirkus

"Reads aloud well . . . A warm story with its own quirky charm." -Booklist