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2002 Award
Pinky and Rex and the Just Right Pet
(by James Howe/illus. by Melissa Sweet, Atheneum $15 Score:) Pinky wants a dog but the rest of the family wants a cat. Try as he might to dislike the kitten, Pinky is the one Patches chooses as his person. A tender, well-paced story from a consistently well-crafted series.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
The Man Who Wore All His Clothes
(by Allan Ahlberg/illus. by Katherine McEwen, Candlewick $12.99 Score:) A slapstick comedy with a laugh-out-loud cast that includes the Gaskitt family, a radio that can't get the news straight, talking cats, lights, trucks, and a Keystone Cops kind of chase when Mrs. G picks up a robber in her taxi. Action-packed mayhem for beginners! 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Judy Moody Gets Famous
(by Megan McDonald/illus. by Peter Reynolds, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) Meet the funniest new character in the beginning chapter book section—third grader Judy Moody, who is struggling with a commonplace but not-too-funny condition—jealousy! How can she top a classmate who gets a crown and her picture in the newspaper for winning a spelling bee? 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Captain Underpants Collection
(by Dav Pilkey, Scholastic $15.99 Score:) For reluctant readers with a taste for slapstick humor, what could be better than one Captain Underpants adventure? All four titles are packaged together with loads of humor in sci-fi comic book style. 8s & 9s.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Splash!
( $3.99 Score:) Interest in whales and dolphins runs high at this stage and here is an informative book with a text that intermediate beginners will be able to tackle.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Singing Diggety
(by Maggie Stern/illus. by Blanch Sims, Orchard $14.95 Score:) Here is one funny pooch. He doesn't follow commands very well, but he does carry a tune! A collection of laugh-out-loud stories about a boy and his dog.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Mr. Putter and Tabby Feed the Fish
(by Cynthia Rylant/illus. by Arthur Howard, Harcourt $14 Score:)

Mr. Putter loves goldfish but when he brings home a bowlful, his poor Tabby cat goes batty with tingles and twitches. Another amusing tale from a series for Level 2 readers. Also: Mr. Putter & Tabby Paint the Porch.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2002 Award
Gus and Grandpa at Basketball
(by Claudia Mills/illus. by Catherine Stock, Farrar Straus $14 Score:) Gus is having trouble when people shout at the basketball game. At the last game of the season Grandpa helps Gus tune out the crowd and keep his eye on the ball. Another gem, in a consistently warm and meaningful series.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Grandma's Trick-or-Treat
(by Emily Arnold McCully, $14.95 Score:) It's Halloween and Pip's grandmas are back! One grandma doesn't want a costume, just good manners. The other grandma is a kid at heart who likes costumes and tricks! Pip and her friends try to get away from the dynamic duo, but not for long!

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Fluffy's Funny FIeld Trip
(by Kate McMullan/illus. by Mavis Smith, Scholastic $3.99 Score:) Everybody's favorite class pet, Fluffy goes along (by mistake) on the class trip to the Planetarium. Fluffy falls asleep and dreams up an original set of constellations that include a flying guinea pig called Pigasus, among others. Also fun: Spring Vacation.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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