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From the creator of Not Quite Narwhal comes a classic tale of a boy and his dog—except in this unique story, one of them is a balloon!

When Spencer gets a new pet, he’s excited to do all the things that pets do—taking walks in the park, going to the vet, and attending parties together.

There’s just one hitch: Spencer’s new pet is a balloon.

And that means No. Sharp. Objects.

No drooling dogs at the park. No prickly porcupines at the vet. And absolutely no pinning tails on any donkeys!

Spencer’s New Pet is a story of pure fun about a boy, his dog, and a friendship that endures life’s sharpest...and most unexpected twists.

About The Author

Photograph courtesy of Jon Banafato

Jessie Sima is an author/illustrator living and working in New York City. They grew up in a small town in southern New Jersey, unaware that they were a storyteller. Once they figured it out, they told their family and friends, who took it quite well. They are the author of Not Quite NarwhalHarriet Gets Carried AwayLove, ZSnow Pony and the Seven Miniature PoniesSpencer’s New PetJules vs. the OceanHardly Haunted; and Weather Together. You can visit them at JessieSima.com.

About The Illustrator

Photograph courtesy of Jon Banafato

Jessie Sima is an author/illustrator living and working in New York City. They grew up in a small town in southern New Jersey, unaware that they were a storyteller. Once they figured it out, they told their family and friends, who took it quite well. They are the author of Not Quite NarwhalHarriet Gets Carried AwayLove, ZSnow Pony and the Seven Miniature PoniesSpencer’s New PetJules vs. the OceanHardly Haunted; and Weather Together. You can visit them at JessieSima.com.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 27, 2019)
  • Length: 56 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534418783
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® NP The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

*** "Young readers will be tickled and amazed and will want to view it again and again. Original and thoroughly delightful." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

*** "An entirely immersive reading experience...younger readers...[will] be delighted by this heartwarming and suspenseful story of a boy and his dog, the ending of which will leave them eager for a second reading." - Booklist, starred review 

*** "With many nods to silent film—including a black-and-white palette, elegant title cards dividing the story into three parts, highly dramatic close-ups, and iris shots—Sima (Love, Z) tells the nearly wordless story of a bespectacled boy and the dog he loves very much." - Publisher's Weekly, starred review

Awards and Honors

  • Kansas NEA Reading Circle List PrimaryTitle
  • Land of Enchantment RoadRunner Award Nominee (NM)
  • Picture This Recommendation List

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