The Tenth Good Thing About Barney

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Sep 30, 1987 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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My cat Barney died this Friday. I was very sad. My mother said we could have a funeral for him, and I should think of ten good things about Barney so I could tell them...
But the small boy who loved Barney can only think of nine. Later, while talking with his father, he discovers the tenth -- and begins to understand.

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User Review  - MeganSchneider - LibraryThing

The book made me cry, which does not happen. I never cry but this book had a really intense way of drawing you in and putting me in the shoes of protagonist. I thought about losing one of my cats and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Beautiful, clean, concise, authentic... deserves its reputation as a good book to help a child who is grieving the loss of a pet, and as a good book for any of us, because we'll all lose something/someone, some day. Read full review

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About the author (1987)

Judith Viorst was born and brought up in New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers University, moved to Greenwich Village, and has lived in Washington, DC, since 1960, when she married Milton Viorst, a political writer. They have three sons and seven grandchildren. A 1981 graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, Viorst writes in many different areas: science books; children’s picture books—including the beloved Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which was made into a box-office favorite movie of the same name; adult fiction and nonfiction; poetry for children and adults; and musicals.

Erik Blegvad was born in Denmark and studied at the School of Applied Arts in Copenhagen. Mr. Blegvad has illustrated more than one hundred children's books, including Twelve Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, Riddle Road by Elizabeth Spires, Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear! by N. M. Bodecker, and Sea Clocks: The Story of Longitude by Louise Borden. The Blegvads divide their time between England, France, and Wardsboro, Vermont.

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