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Dodi's Prince
     

Dodi's Prince

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by Vaughn Michaels, Tim Hall (Designed by), Jacqueline Rogers (Illustrator)
 

Dorothea Kathleen Tanner, aka Dodi, stars in a girl-meets-dog chapter book that's hilarious, entertaining, poignant . . . but not highfalutin.

Eight-year-old Dodi lives in a Texas trailer park that's pretty darn close to the middle of nowhere. Her only companions are three troublemaking brothers. When a mongrel shows up in her yard and fixes her with his black

Overview

Dorothea Kathleen Tanner, aka Dodi, stars in a girl-meets-dog chapter book that's hilarious, entertaining, poignant . . . but not highfalutin.

Eight-year-old Dodi lives in a Texas trailer park that's pretty darn close to the middle of nowhere. Her only companions are three troublemaking brothers. When a mongrel shows up in her yard and fixes her with his black marbly eyes, Dodi thinks he's the bestest friend anyone could ask for. She dubs him Prince-but he's also Trouble with a capital T.

Whether he's digging up petunias or tracking mud onto the mean old neighbor's patio, Prince seems to be trying to land in the pound. How can Dodi keep Prince out of mischief?

Narrated in an endearing country twang, this superbly crafted, big- hearted novel gives readers a plucky heroine-and a lovable doggy hero-with charm enough to fill the state of Texas.

Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Michaels debuts with a twangy novel about an eight-year-old who lives with her parents and three brothers in a Texas trailer park. Dodi, the chatty young narrator, has been feeling bereft since her best friend moved away: "I didn't have me a friend to play with.... [I have] three brothers and no sisters. Not even one. And it was summer. Things were getting mighty lonely, let me tell you." The appearance of a frisky, seemingly homeless dog, whom she quickly names Prince, promises to change all that-once Dodi surmounts a few obstacles, that is. Following her Daddy's orders, she canvasses the trailer park for the dog's owner (readers, unlike the heroine, will spot the owner, who is happy enough to relinquish the dog). Next, she must persuade her mother to let her keep Prince, an especial challenge in light of his canine misdemeanors (e.g., destroying her younger brothers' favorite stuffed bear, digging up a neighbor's garden). But Prince earns a permanent home when he pulls off back-to-back acts of bravery, scaring away a bobcat and alerting Dodi's family to a fire in a nearby trailer. The plot is predictable, but it's not the main draw here. Dodi's voice establishes her as a plucky, eminently likable heroine, and her relationship with Prince is likely to warm the hearts of young dog lovers. Final artwork not seen by PW. Ages 7-10. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Eight-year-old Dorothea Kathleen Tanner (known as Dodi) lives "out in the middle of nowhere," according to her momma, in a trailer park in the Texas desert. Dodi's life is pretty boring ever since her friend Josie and her family pulled up stakes one night and moved away. Dodi doesn't have anyone to play with. But all that changes when a scruffy little stray dog shows up outside the Tanner's trailer. Dodi names the dog Prince and she just knows he will be her new best friend, even though Momma and Daddy want Dodi to find the dog a new home because he is causing too many problems with the neighbors. Dodi is determined to teach Prince to behave, but she spends most of her time trying to keep Prince out of trouble, until finally the little dog becomes a hero when he warns everyone about a fire. Young readers will enjoy Dodi's Texas twang as she and Prince get into one mess after another. Shadowy black-and-white illustrations help bring the story to life. 2003, Dutton Children's Books, and Ages 8 to 12.
— Suzanne Lieurance
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Dodi lives in a trailer park in a remote town in Texas and has no close friends. One day, a mangy dog appears as the eight-year-old is pretending to ride a propane-tank "horse." Her overworked mom refuses to accept another chore, and her dad wants her to find the mutt's owner. After Dodi determines that Prince is available for her to keep, she deals with his bad behavior-he barks, chews, digs, damages, and annoys. When he tears up the flowers in a neighbor's yard, she heads for the hills with him in an attempt to escape the inevitable. Dog and girl have an exciting encounter with a bobcat and take a long slide down gravel and sand. Readers gain a glimpse of the child's lonely life in desolate conditions but the story is told with humor in the author's version of Texas twang, and Rogers's poignant illustrations enhance this sweet tale. Although the novel is not as endearing as Kate DiCamillo's Because of Winn-Dixie (Candlewick, 2000), readers will get caught up in Dodi's struggles and cheer when Prince wins hero status by warning of a fire.-Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525470342
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Edition description:
First
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

This is Vaughn Michaels's first book.

Jacqueline Rogers has illustrated many books for children.

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