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Aggie the Brave

by Lori Ries, Frank W. Dormer (Illustrator)
 

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A vet is a doctor for animals. Ben knows all about doctors. He is always very brave.

Butt Aggie has to stay overnight at the vet. It is lonely at home without her. And when Aggie comes home, things are not the same.

Will Ben find a way to be brave while Aggie gets better? Find out in three short chapters just right for beginning readers.

Overview

A vet is a doctor for animals. Ben knows all about doctors. He is always very brave.

Butt Aggie has to stay overnight at the vet. It is lonely at home without her. And when Aggie comes home, things are not the same.

Will Ben find a way to be brave while Aggie gets better? Find out in three short chapters just right for beginning readers.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Ben takes his dog Aggie to the vet to be spayed. He hates to leave Aggie overnight and cries on the way home. Ben is sad until he can get Aggie the next day. Ben puts on his pajamas and brushes his teeth at 4:00 o'clock so the next day will come soon. "Let's make popcorn," Mommy says. She picks out a good movie. "But my lap and my bed are still empty." The next day Aggie wears a collar so that he doesn't hurt his stitches. He doesn't want to play. Ben colors quietly on the floor to be with Aggie. Then he colors the collar that Aggie wears so that Aggie looks like a lion. After two weeks the stitches are removed, and Aggie can play again. This is a book of three chapters. The colored pictures are very stylized. Ben is aware of the fact that Aggie will never have puppies but does not react to it. This seems surprising to me. This is part of a series about Aggie the dog and Ben his owner. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal
Gr 2—Adorable Ben and his dog are off to the vet in this installment in a charming series. It's time for Aggie to be spayed, and Ben must deal with a bit of separation anxiety and a brief change in his pet's behavior. Ries's style is clean and basic without being choppy and detached. It contains just a hint of wry humor that dovetails nicely with the characters' sometimes droll expressions. Dormer's illustrations are wonderful, evoking pathos when Ben cries in the backseat of the car on the way home after leaving Aggie, and laughter when Ben transforms her from a "lamp head" to a "lion head" by drawing a mane on her Elizabethan collar. Ries and Dormer once again prove a delightful pairing, cheerfully and tenderly persuading new readers to keep turning the page.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570916359
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/2010
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,389,736
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD230L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Lori Ries was born in Syracuse, New York, the eldest of four children. She discovered a love for storytelling as a young child and wrote her first story when she was just ten years old. It was a short story called "Jo-Jo the Raccoon" based on a true story about a baby raccoon that Lori's grandfather found on the side of the road and brought home for his children to raise. Lori lives in Tigard, Oregon, with her husband and three children.

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