Dodger and Me [NOOK Book]


What would you do if your best friend was:
1. Imaginary?
2. An oversize blue chimp in surfer shorts? (Potentially embarrassing, but hey, no one else can see him . . . right?)
3. Proposing a plan to help you improve your life?
4. Did we ...
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Dodger and Me

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What would you do if your best friend was:
1. Imaginary?
2. An oversize blue chimp in surfer shorts? (Potentially embarrassing, but hey, no one else can see him . . . right?)
3. Proposing a plan to help you improve your life?
4. Did we say imaginary?
5. Driving you crazy?!?!
Now you have an idea of what Willie Ryan’s life is like when he meets Dodger. It’s the beginning of a lot of trouble—and a friendship you’ll never forget!
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—William Dufris gives a lively performance of Jordan Sonnenblick's hilarious fantasy (Fiewel & Friends, 2008) about friendship and acceptance. Fifth-grader Willie Ryan doesn't play baseball well and has an overprotective mom. As a result, he's one of the least popular kids in school. In fact, the closest thing he has to a friend is Lizzy, a weird British girl. While walking home through the woods one day, Willie picks up an old fast-food bag which turns into a genie-style lamp. Within minutes out pops Dodger, a giant blue chimpanzee who can talk. However, Dodger isn't a genie (he prefers the term "bottled American") and can't grant wishes. Dodger follows Willie home, and so begins their zany adventures to help Willie attain his three "hearts desires" with comical results. Dufris's array of animated voices, including a very boyish Willie, adds even more kid appeal to this charming, off-the-wall tale that will have listeners giggling to the end.—Karen T. Bilton, Mary Jacobs Library, Rocky Hill, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Sonnenblick's first for younger audiences features an ironic, sarcastic, self-deprecating narrator similar to his young-adult narrators. Ten-year-old Willie Ryan would love to be a fabulous baseball player, but as the reason his team loses their penultimate game, he is anything but. To make matters worse, since his best friend Tim moved away, Lizzie, a British girl from school, has been following him around like a lost puppy. And if any further evidence were needed that his life is a mess, his six-year-old sister Amy is evil and his mother is a safety fanatic. Willie needs help. Unfortunately, help comes in the form of a blue chimp-shaped genie-er, "bottled American"-named Dodger. Dodger's "help" lands Willie in hotter and hotter water...finally requiring the condescending intervention of The Great Lasorda, Dodger's supervisor. Willie's progression from no self-confidence to slightly self-sacrificing saves this effort from being total fluff. Over the top, short on logic and often quite silly, this quick read will please fans of such televised cotton candy as The Fairly OddParents. (Fiction. 8-12)
From the Publisher

“The humor will draw kids including Dodger’s off-the-wall dialogue and the outlandish predicaments that result when he decides to ‘help.’ The story grows increasingly engaging as Willie starts moving toward what he really wants.”—Booklist

“Baseball fans will enjoy this novel.”—School Library Journal

“It is roll on the floor funny with several nice messages tucked in for good measure.”—Brenda Kahn, Librarian, Haworth Public School (NJ)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429984676
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 3/3/2009
  • Series: Dodger and Me Series , #1
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 346,492
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 147 KB

Meet the Author

Jordan Sonnenblick is the author of the acclaimed teen novels Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie, Notes from the Midnight Driver, and Zen and the Art of Faking It. In addition to being a writer, he’s a middle-school English teacher, and would never penalize one of his students for bringing an imaginary friend to school. Jordan lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with his wife and their two children. If he’s ever had an imaginary friend, he’s not telling!
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Read an Excerpt

Okay, I was unpopular. But was I so amazingly unpopular that I needed a magical blue chimp for a best friend? Quite possibly. “Me? Are you sure you have the right kid?”
“If you’re Willie Ryan, of Seven Lamplighter Lane, I have the right kid. And I have been waiting for you here for, like, a really long time….”
“Why would you wait for me? Why would you want me for a best friend?” As I said this, I couldn’t help wondering, Isn’t there, like, a lonely blue surfer chimp somewhere that needs a buddy more than I do?
“You’re the one, Willie. I know you are. Didn’t your best friend just leave you?”
“Uh, well, my friend Tim moved to—”
“Right, see? My best friend left me too. And aren’t you a really special guy who just needs a chance?”
“Me, too. And don’t you like bananas?”
I had to think about that one for a minute. “Yes, actually. Now that you mention it, I do like bananas, Dodger.”
“See, Willie? This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Me and dodger

    So good

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013


    Awesome book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Fun Book for Boys

    My son loved reading this on his iPad and can't wait to read the book in the series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    Reviewed by Theresa L. Stowell for

    DODGER AND ME is the first book in a new series by Jordan Sonnenblick .

    In this book we meet Willie Ryan, self-proclaimed wimp. The fact that Willie is definitely a wimp is immediately evident when he becomes the reason his baseball team loses the first game in the championship series. One might think it is bad enough that Willie can neither catch nor hit a ball, but Willie has more wrong with his life.

    To start, his mother is so overprotective that a simple nosebleed becomes an emergency of epic proportions. If that is not bad enough, his best friend has moved away and asked Lizzie, a British student at his school, to keep an eye on him. Lizzie takes this request very seriously and follows him everywhere, even to the big game where she embarrasses him by cheering him on despite his horrendous playing ability.

    Tired of always following the rules and getting nowhere, Willie takes a shortcut home. Though he imagines his mother's warnings to stay on the beaten path, Willie cuts through the woods. He comes to a meadow where everything is blue, everything but the McDonald's bag that someone left lying in a stream. Always conscientious, Willie picks up the bag to dispose of it. To his shock, Dodger, a huge blue chimpanzee, appears in front of him.

    Dodger sets on a course that is supposed to make Willie's life better. Dodger is going to make Willie's mother less domineering, he is going to make Lizzie go away, and he is going to make Willie a baseball star. Unfortunately for Willie, Dodger's version of wish granting is a little more hands-on than the traditional genie's. Thus follows a series of delightful antics that will make readers of all ages laugh.

    The story shows a clear difference between what we think we want and the reality of that desire in a lighthearted way. Though the plotline is a bit predictable, readers will enjoy seeing how Dodger twists Willie's simple wishes into slapstick solutions. Sonnenblick uses laughter to show original ways to overcome or accept issues that many middle schoolers struggle to overcome on a daily basis: loneliness, athletic prowess, bullying, and the true meaning of friendship.

    DODGER AND ME is such an enjoyable trip that readers will look forward to reading the next installment in this delightful series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

    Easy-Funny-Down to Earth book

    First drawn by the cover picture, we happily realized that the inside of the book was just as good!
    Very fun story, page turner book that my son read in just one evening!
    Can't wait for the next one to come out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2008

    dodger and me

    If you are a person who loves imaginary animals, I would recommend Dodger and Me to you. It¿s about a kid named William who doesn¿t have a lot of friends. He is not a baseball star, and his mom does not trust him a bit. I would recommend Dodger and Me to 4th and 5th grade level students. Dodger is with Willy William¿s the nickname in the story. Dodger will grant him three wishes to make his life better, but he gets Willy into a lot of trouble. Willy¿s only friend is Lizzie who came from England. The only people who can see Dodger are William and Lizzie. Jordan Sonnenblik has taught 8th grade English for over a decade. He was born on July 4, 1969 at Fort Leonard wood, Missouri. His current home is Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In 2006 Scholastic published Notes from the Midnight Driver, a story about drunk driving, lawn gnomes, and divorced parents. Dodger and Me was really good. I enjoyed it and when you read it, you will too.

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