The Desperate Dog Writes Again

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Emma loves her human, George, but he can be so difficult! This time he has a visitor, who won't let go of his hand. Worse, she's brought along her dog, Hankie, and they've taken over Emma's spot next to George on the couch.

What's a desperate dog to do? Emma hurries off to the library to write to her favorite canine columnist for advice. But this may be one problem that even Dear Queenie can't solve. Will Emma's happy home ever be the same...

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Overview

Emma loves her human, George, but he can be so difficult! This time he has a visitor, who won't let go of his hand. Worse, she's brought along her dog, Hankie, and they've taken over Emma's spot next to George on the couch.

What's a desperate dog to do? Emma hurries off to the library to write to her favorite canine columnist for advice. But this may be one problem that even Dear Queenie can't solve. Will Emma's happy home ever be the same again?

Drawn in an accessible comic-book style, this story is just right for children who are adjusting to a new member of the family, and will strike a chord with dog lovers of all stripes.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Emma, the canine heroine of Letters from a Desperate Dog, here writes to "Ask Queenie," the advice column for dogs, for help with a new and upsetting situation. Her human George, an artist, is becoming involved with a stranger named Loretta. But none of the offered advice seems to get Loretta to stay away. Meanwhile Loretta's dog, Hankie, seems to feel the same way about George. Queenie suggests that the dogs get together. When Emma discovers that Loretta is a fine cook, her antipathy is lessened. Finally, all problems are solved. The end pages are covered with illustrations of Emma and the orange cat in action along with scores of torn snippets from her typed correspondence with Queenie. The visual story is told inside boxes of assorted sizes, drawn in a comic book style using digital media, combining very brief text and dialog in speech balloons. Readers will be amused as they observe the obvious jealousy and happy conclusion. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Emma lives contentedly with her human George, a painter, and an orange cat-until she spies a woman holding his hand. She laments, "A cloud casts a shadow over my happy life." As in Letters from a Desperate Dog (Clarion, 2006), the pooch goes to the library seeking online help from "Ask Queenie." She follows the offered advice to derail the romance ("try wearing a good stinky perfume"), but neither Loretta (the alleged "kidnapper") nor her dog, Hankie, is deterred. Being on her worst behavior only lands Emma further in the doghouse. Back at the library, she discovers that Hankie has also been writing to Queenie about his problems with "an unfriendly, obnoxious, stuck-up mutt." A tumble in a Dumpster full of pizza brings the pair closer together, and when Emma realizes that Loretta is a chef she embraces the idea of her new blended family. In Christelow's comic-strip-style artwork, Emma's inner musings are revealed in thought bubbles. Readers will chuckle at the pup's flair for the melodramatic, but also relate to her feelings of jealousy and her need to belong.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
Likable dog Emma charms readers again (Letters from a Desperate Dog, 2006) in her anxiety-driven attempts to save her beloved owner, George, from the supposed clutches of new woman-on-the-scene Loretta. At first Emma believes Loretta is trying to kidnap George—she is holding his hand!—and her fears grow as Loretta spends more time at the house. Will they get married? Will Loretta's dog Hankie hog the space on the couch? Emma scampers off to e-mail Ask Queenie, an advice column for dogs. Preschool children will relish pointing out when Emma has misunderstood a situation and cringe at her efforts, all involving bad behavior, to get rid of Loretta. But then Queenie contacts both dogs upon realizing that Emma and Hankie share concerns about the owners' romance. After a chase by the dog catcher, appetizing Dumpster diving and one last bath, harmony is achieved. Christelow's bright, cartoon-like illustrations in comic-book panels humorously display the antics while dialogue bubbles abet easy reading. Pitch perfect for those children adjusting to a new person in their lives. (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547242057
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/25/2010
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 839,820
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: GN360L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Eileen Christelow is the best-selling creator of the Five Little Monkeys series and many other rollicking picture books for Clarion. Among them is the first story about Emma, Letters from a Desperate Dog. Eileen and her husband, Ahren, live in Dummerston, Vermont. To learn more, please visit www.christelow.com.

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