Always In Trouble

Always In Trouble

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by Corinne Demas, Noah Z. Jones
     
 

Emma tries to teach her dog,Toby, to be good, but no matter what day of the week it is, he is always in trouble!

"Emma's dog, Toby, was always in trouble.
On Monday he got into the garbage.
On Tuesday he ran into the road.
On Wednesday he ate a loaf of bread that Emma's dad had just baked."
No matter what day of the week it is, Toby's up to no good.

Overview


Emma tries to teach her dog,Toby, to be good, but no matter what day of the week it is, he is always in trouble!

"Emma's dog, Toby, was always in trouble.
On Monday he got into the garbage.
On Tuesday he ran into the road.
On Wednesday he ate a loaf of bread that Emma's dad had just baked."
No matter what day of the week it is, Toby's up to no good. His owner, Emma, doesn't know what to do! So she takes him to dog training school, where Ms. Katz teaches him everything a dog needs to know. By week's end, Toby has learned some surprising new tricks, leaving no doubt as to why he is top dog in Emma's eyes!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Emma's dog, Toby, is always in trouble—in fact, he seems to have a different misbehavior for each day of the week. Emma and her parents realize that something has to be done. At first, Emma tries to give her pet extra special attention—that works for a few days but by the weekend, Toby is back to his old ways. So the family tries out an obedience school. The day camp version doesn't work but after a week with the formidable Ms. Klatz, Toby is under control from Monday through Saturday; the story ends with a little mischief in the park on Sunday, since, after all, "no dog can be perfect always." Jones's engaging illustrations will have strong appeal for those who like the style popularized by the Simpsons' creator. It is refreshing to have this cheerful book feature a solidly middle class family of color. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

Emma's dog is lovable, but his misbehavior is a serious problem. Using a predictable pattern to tell the story, Demas relates Toby's antics each day of the week and his experiences at dog-training school. Then, in a leap from reality to fantasy, Toby demonstrates that he is a good dog by baking bread, vacuuming the rug, and folding the laundry, among other household jobs. The ending, however, shows that the pup has not given up all of his old ways. The story is great for reading aloud, but the many humorous details in the cartoon-style illustrations make it fun for individual reading as well. Text, illustration, and design all work together to create a delightful story.-Marilyn Ackerman, Brooklyn Public Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews
Toby is a tan-and-brown pooch of indeterminate breed but distinctly and determinedly naughty behavior. Each day of the week he gets into a different sort of mischief, from eating homemade bread to chewing buttons off a new coat. He is taken to obedience school, where he learns basic commands, but he reverts to mischief-mode as soon as he gets home. After an additional session of residential obedience school, Toby returns home a changed dog: He vacuums, folds laundry and bakes bread all by himself. But no dog is perfect, as illustrated by the final, surprising spread, which shows Toby's exasperated owners at the park, with the dog leash stretching right across the spread. A zigzag cutout in the last page offers a glimpse of Toby, who has escaped right out of the story and onto the endpapers, in a hilarious finale. The short text, repetitive story structure and Jones's simple but amusing cartoon-style illustrations add up to a solid offering in the naughty-dog division, but the boundary-breaking ending is the tail that wags the dog for this canine caper. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545024532
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
542,955
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Corinne Demas is the award-winning author of numerous books for children and adults, including THE LITTLEST MATRYOSHKA, ALWAYS IN TROUBLE, PIRATES GO TO SCHOOL, and SAYING GOODBYE TO LULU. She is a professor of English at Mount Holyoke College and lives with her family in Western Massachusetts. Her website is www.corinnedemas.com.

Noah Z. Jones is an author, illustrator, and animator who creates all sorts of zany and memorable characters. He has illustrated numerous books for children, including ALWAYS IN TROUBLE, NOT NORMAN, and THOSE SHOES. To see more of his work, swing by his website, www.noahzjones.com.

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Always In Trouble 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
KirstyHaining More than 1 year ago
As the owner of an elderly dog, I laughed my way through this delightful story. Thoroughly charming, and highly recommended. If you don't have a child or a dog-lover to give this to, then simply get it for yourself!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son is always getting into trouble.. like the dog in this book. I bought this book to try and show my son that he is not the only one who gets into trouble but he can also change like the dog (and still be himself at times too). The book is pretty good.. of course it a bit silly but I like that when dealing with kids books. The book provides some good discussion topics as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fun from start to finish. I'd give it 5 woofs!