WHO WANTS BROCCOLI? Picture book from HarperCollins for children 4 - 8 years Broccoli is a big, fun dog who wants to be adopted…but can he stay out of trouble long enough to be picked as someone's perfect pet? The secret to this happy ending is staying true to who you are.
Broccoli recently received Banks Street Top 5 Animal Stories Award of 2016 award and is included on KSRA's ‘Keystone to Reading’ Best Book List for 2016-2017.
Kirkus & School Library Journal Reviews
KIRKUS - The tricks that make a dog unadoptable in some people's eyes are just the ticket home for Broccoli. Broccoli's lived at Beezley's Animal Shelter for most of his life, alongside fluffy and adorable bunnies, hamsters, and kittens, all under the care of the kind, elderly Beezleys. Mrs. Beezley lovingly brushes each animal before opening, pronouncing, "There's a lid for every pot and a pot for every lid." But Mr. Beezley isn't so sure about the lid for messy Broccoli's pot. The dog's tricks include tossing his water-filled dish in the air and catching it on his head, playing high-speed games of chase with his tail, and giving "warnings" with his deep and large bark. When he soaks the entire shop, Mr. Beezley puts him in the storeroom...but will the pot that is Broccoli and the lid that is the little boy longing for a dog miss each other because of this? The despondent dog finally rallies when he spies the little boy's lost ball on a storeroom shelf. His antics get both him and the ball noticed, and Broccoli's finally found his lid (in more ways than one). Jones nicely builds suspense, and readers will be rooting for the dog by the end. Everyone is round-headed and rosy-cheeked in her watercolor-and-colored-pencil illustrations. Readers longing for a lid to their own pots, or with similarly challenging behaviors, will find comfort in Broccoli's tale. (Picture book. 4-8)
School Library Journal “Broccoli is a big, boisterous dog at Beezley’s Animal Shelter. Despite
his best efforts to show off by catching his bowl on his head, chasing
his tail around, and barking loudly, he has never been picked as a
“perfect pet.” When he sees that a boy playing with a ball has moved in
across the street, Broccoli’s excited, gregarious antics lead Mr.
Beezley to move his cage into the storeroom. This means that Oscar
doesn’t see Broccoli when he visits the shelter, and he is not
interested in the small, well-behaved animals that Mrs. Beezley offers.
Luckily, Oscar leaves his ball behind and when he returns, Broccoli uses
his loud bark to save the day and Oscar finds his “perfect pet.” The
watercolor and pencil illustrations are bright and lighthearted. Some
pages are fully covered and others employ a generous amount of white
space, but there are opportunities to find humorous details in many
scenes. Broccoli’s over-the-top behaviors are likely to elicit giggles,
and Mrs. Beezley’s message that “there’s a lid for every pot and a pot
for every lid” could promote discussions around pet ownership,
acceptance, family, and friendship. VERDICT: A cute and quick pet story
recommended for additional purchase.”