From the Publisher
“The outlandish tone should please Dodger's fans.” Booklist
“Dodger's silly sense of humor is entertaining, and the situations in which Willie finds himself will have any reader laughing out loud. Willie's awkward affection for his friend Lizzie is a sweet aside to the story. Reluctant readers will find themselves cheering on Willie and wanting to read more in the series.” VOYA
“A magical tale of affection, family, and a boy's imaginative ('imaginary' doesn't do it justice) friendship with an inspired, demented blue chimpanzee...” Kirkus Reviews on Dodger and Me
“The humor will draw kids, including Dodger's off-the-wall dialogue and the outlandish predicaments that result when he decides to 'help.'” Booklist on Dodger and Me
VOYA - Victoria Vogel
This book continues the Dodger and Me series about Willie Ryan's imaginary best friend, a large blue chimp with a huge sense of adventure and an affinity for the expression, "Dude!" No one can see oversized Dodger except Willie and his friend Lizzie. After Dodger sneaks into Willie's school on a day he is absent, Willie finds himself signed up to run for fifth grade class president. His rivals, James Beeks and Craig Flynn, are the popular kids in school. As a self-proclaimed geek, he figures he does not have a chance; however, neither James nor Craig has Dodger as a campaign strategist. He has some magical tricks in his bag of bananas, such as a (somewhat) invisible magic carpet that allows them to spy on his running mates and the ability to spontaneously manufacture enough doughnuts to feed a school. Of course, the challenge is allowing Dodger to help without getting Willie into trouble, which always seems to happen. Sonnenblick's delightful fantasy tale about a fifth grader and his imaginary friend is one that younger readers will surely enjoy. Dodger's silly sense of humor is entertaining, and the situations in which Willie finds himself will have any reader laughing out loud. Willie's awkward affection for his friend Lizzie is a sweet aside to the story. Reluctant readers will find themselves cheering on Willie and wanting to read more in the series. Reviewer: Victoria Vogel
Fifth-grader Willie Ryan makes the mistake of leaving his ex-genie, invisible blue-chimp buddy Dodger unsupervised and ends up having to run for student-council president against ruthless and popular James Beeks. Willie's best human friend, Lizzie (who can also see Dodger), can't keep them out of the election and ends up on the ticket as VP. Dodger's help is usually anything but helpful; to make matters worse, James's VP is class tough-guy Craig, and Willie's second-grader sister Amy is determined to get to the bottom of every strange occurrence. The second in Sonnenblick's short-on-logic, light-on-laughs series will please those who enjoyed the first. Dodger is back with his magic of convenience and his scattershot surfer patois, as is his thesaurus-tongued brother Rodger. None of the characters has much depth or sounds like children from this decade, but Willie's sarcastic narration can be mildly entertaining. An epilogue sets up a third installment, but that doesn't make the lack of a resolution to the election in this installment any more satisfying. A secondary purchase at best. (Fantasy. 7-11)
Read an Excerpt
“We didn’t mean it, Willie. It just kind of happened,” Dodger said. “One minute, everything was going great. I drank the potion, pretended to be you for a couple of hours, took that quiz I was telling you about, watched the cake fall on James Beeks—it was all fun and games. Then all of a sudden, everybody was yelling at each other, and I had to stick up for Lizzie. The next thing I knew . . . umm . . . well . . .”
. . . Dodger fled to the inside of his magic lamp for the night, I got ready for bed. While I was lying there in the dark, I kept picturing the whole nightmare classroom scene in my head, and wondering what the heck I was going to do about it. Finally, before I drifted off into a night of nervous, tortured half-sleep, I decided what I would have to do. I’d just get up in the morning, march off to school, and tell Mrs. Starsky that I was sorry, but I couldn’t run for president after all. I mean, Dodger had gotten all worked up in the spirit of the moment and put me in a bad situation. But I had spent years being careful to avoid the spotlight. If I backed down, Beeks would probably make fun of me for a while, but soon things would be back to normal. I would be happily invisible, Beeks would get elected, just like he had every year since kindergarten, and life would go on.
I figured, how hard could it be? It’s not like one day of being absent could change my life forever, right?