A Pet for Miss Wright

written by Judy Young

Miss Wright is an author. She writes exciting stories about marvelous characters who lead adventurous lives. But, it’s quiet in Miss Wright’s office. Too quiet. And lonely. So, Miss Wright sets off to get a pet to keep her company, but not just any pet will do. Miss Wright not only finds the perfect pet, but also the perfect helpmate for her work.


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ISBN: 978-1-58536-509-8 Category:

Written by Judy Young
Illustrated by Andrea Wesson

Published by Sleeping Bear Press, 2011

Hard Cover, 32 pages


  • 2015 Read by LeVar Burton for Reading Rainbow Storytime Video for National Reading Month
  • 2013 Missouri Show Me Readers Award Finalist
  • 2012 Paterson Prize Honor Book
  • 2012 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Crystal Kite Award Finalist
  • 2012 International Reading Association and Children’s Book Council Child’s Choice Award List
  • 2012 Kansas National Educational Association Reading Circle List
  • 2012 Louisiana Reading Association Child Choice Award Nomination
  • 2011 Parents’ Choice Approved Book Award


Kirkus Review: “Both the story and the illustrations have a light, charming flavor, with understated humor and a sophisticated air that assumes that intelligent children will enjoy this story.”

Pittsburg Tribune Review: “Animal lovers, authors, and budding novelists of all ages will love this book and the gently funny story of a lonely writer and her quest for companionship, but when you close the back cover of the book, you may be torn. Do you like author Judy Young’s story more, or are the illustrations by Andrea Wesson the better part of this wonderful book? You and your child may have to read “A Pet for Miss Wright” again (and again) before you decide, which won’t be a chore for either of you because this is one really cute book.”

Through the Looking Glass: “I truly identify with the human character that you will meet in the book I reviewed below. Though this book is of course for children, adults will also greatly enjoy it. Miss Wright is an author… but her life is very quiet and rather lonely, so she decides that she needs “something to keep me company,” and so she goes to the local pet store…Little does she know that the [pet] is going to be a bigger asset than she ever imagined… With wonderful illustrations and delightful characters that will appeal to readers of all ages, this is a picture book that will warm the heart and put a smile on a face.”