Toy Story, Too: My Special One and Only by Joe Berger
CAPTAIN CAT WAS BRIDGET'S SPECIAL ONE AND ONLY AND EVEN IN HER DREAMS SHE HELD ONTO HIM.
But Bridget Fidget's dreams that night are all about the Tooth Fairy, who comes through with a gold coin in exchange for her first lost tooth. Bridget knows that money in her hand means she gets a trip to the world's best toy store, DingleBang's, and soon she pops her gold coin into the sailor-suit pocket of her beloved plush buddy, Captain Cat, pops him into her backpack, and bounces off with her mom for an epic shopping trip.
But in a Rube Goldberg comedy of errors, things go terribly wrong at DingleBang's. As Bridget Fidget spizzooms through the dazzling store, the handle of a lady's umbrella hooks Captain Cat, depositing him almost immediately into the shopping basket of another little girl. It's love at first sight when the girl lays eyes on the cutesy Cat, and by the time Bridget notices what's happened, that girl has bonded with her one and only special toy!
CAPTAIN CAT WAS 100% NOT THERE!"
Suddenly Bridget Fidget forgets about new toys and concentrates on recovering her old One and Only. Bridget gets some help from a serendipitous knight-in-shining-armor, a.k.a. Billy, in a shiny and swift toy car who gives her a lift in the chase to recover Captain Cat. There is many a comic twist before B.F. and her BFF Captain Cat are reunited, in an action-packed climax, but when the dust settles, the two are back together, and calm is restored when Bridget uses some of her tooth-fairy loot to buy the disappointed little girl a charming cat toy of her own, buoyed by the discovery that her revenue stream is intact as she discovers a new, loose and wiggly tooth.
With the visual punch of a fast-paced 1970's cartoon chase, complete with sound effects (YIKES! SCREECH! KABOOF!), Joe Berger's My Special One and Only (Dial Books, 2012) is a funny and fantastical romp in this second outing for his frenetically energetic heroine. (See Berger's earlier Bridget Fidget and The Most Perfect Pet).