Dog Days of School

Dog Days of School

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by Kelly DiPucchio, Brian Biggs
     
 

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Charlie thinks his dog, Norman, has got it good: he gets to spend his days lounging on the couch or playing fetch, and he never has to do any homework. But when Charlie makes a wish to be a dog instead of a boy, things get a little topsy-turvy!

New York Times best-selling author Kelly DiPucchio's signature humor and Brian Biggs's bold, playful

Overview

Charlie thinks his dog, Norman, has got it good: he gets to spend his days lounging on the couch or playing fetch, and he never has to do any homework. But when Charlie makes a wish to be a dog instead of a boy, things get a little topsy-turvy!

New York Times best-selling author Kelly DiPucchio's signature humor and Brian Biggs's bold, playful illustrations come together in a hilarious tale that proves that the grass always does look greener on the other side (even if that side involves drinking from the toilet!).

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/21/2014
It’s an entire week of Freaky Friday when Charlie’s wish to forego school and live a dog’s life results in a magical swapping of places with his pet, Norman. The dream sours when they both encounter the “long, boring, awful” aspects of the other’s existence (grooming appointments, stories about cats) and discover that bad behavior has its consequences no matter your species. DiPucchio’s (Crafty Chloe) tight, straight-faced prose (“On Friday, Norman ran into some trouble with the scissors and the glue”) is a great read throughout, but just as Gromit is funnier and more intriguing than Wallace, the humor and interest scales of this story tip very much in favor of Norman, who Biggs (Everything Goes) draws as a sort of kidney bean with droopy ears. Norman takes to kid life like he was born to it, creating a strikingly realistic hydrant out of clay and passing out after trying to finish a “triple hot-fudge banana sundae with extra whipped cream.” Reach for this one when the realities and routine of school require a little comic perspective. Ages 6–8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (June)
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It's an entire week of Freaky Friday when Charlie's wish to forego school and live a dog's life results in a magical swapping of places with his pet, Norman. The dream sours when they both encounter the "long, boring, awful" aspects of the other's existence (grooming appointments, stories about cats) and discover that bad behavior has its consequences no matter your species. DiPucchio's (Crafty Chloe) tight, straight-faced prose ("On Friday, Norman ran into some trouble with the scissors and the glue") is a great read throughout, but just as Gromit is funnier and more intriguing than Wallace, the humor and interest scales of this story tip very much in favor of Norman, who Biggs (Everything Goes) draws as a sort of kidney bean with droopy ears. Norman takes to kid life like he was born to it, creating a strikingly realistic hydrant out of clay and passing out after trying to finish a "triple hot-fudge banana sundae with extra whipped cream." Reach for this one when the realities and routine of school require a little comic perspective. Ages 6 8.—PW

Charlie dislikes school so much that on Sunday nights, he can't sleep. Looking enviously at his snoozing dog, Norman, Charlie sighs, "I wish I was a dog." The next morning, Charlie wakes up on the floor and sees Norman in his bed. He watches his mother pat the dog's head and tell him that it's time for school. The two switch places for an entire week before Charlie decides that he's had enough and wishes to be a boy again. Defined by bold lines, rounded shapes, and bright colors, the artwork features amusing pictures of the dog maneuvering classroom activities and the boy doing typical doggy things, including drinking out of the toilet, a scene sure to draw laughs. The choice to illustrate Charlie always as a boy and Norman as a dog makes the visual humor work, though kids may wonder why no one else notices the switch. Still, the story reads aloud well, and the digital artwork adds to the fun. - Carolyn Phelan—Booklist

PreS-Gr 1 Rather than face the grind of practicing his letters, drawing pictures, and trying to explain himself to his teacher, young Charlie wishes he could trade places with his carefree dog, Norman, on Sunday night. When his mother comes to wake him for school on Monday morning, it seems that his wish has come true. Hilarity ensues as Norman tries out the boy's activities throughout the week...with mixed results. He does fine with playing house, and kickball, and maracas, but the teacher scolds him "for chewing his pencil, and the table, and her shoes." Meanwhile, Charlie stares out the window watching leaves fall, drinks from the toilet bowl, and has to endure a trip to the groomer. At week's end, and relegated to the backyard, Charlie wishes to be a boy once again. This clever text explores the "grass is always greener" notion with a deadpan delivery and Biggs's delightful, boldly outlined cartoon art extends the humor and brings down the (dog) house. The perfect choice for any reluctant scholars. Luann Toth, School Library Journal—SLJ

"Be careful what you wish for" is just one of the messages in this humorous book about switching places. Charlie is tired of school and all the letter practice and picture drawing. His dog, Norman, doesn't have to go to school. Charlie wishes on a star to be a dog, and the next morning, he and Norman have switched places. While the dog rushes off to school to enjoy writing, playing kickball and making clay sculptures, Charlie lies back, relishing the opportunity to get some extra sleep and watch the leaves fall. But as the week goes on, both Norman and Charlie begin to see the drawbacks of the new arrangement. Norman gets in trouble for his chewing habit and must listen to a story about cats. Charlie drinks out of the toilet and gets locked outside in the cold. One wish-upon-a-star later, Charlie couldn't be happier to wake up in his own bed and be going back to school. Biggs' illustrations, done in a bright palette of aqua, olive, purple, mustard, red and orange, are hysterical, as the two swap places but not bodies: The boy acts like a dog and vice versa. And while the people's faces manage to convey emotion with just a tiny mouth and dot eyes, Norman's droll expression never changes, adding to the farcical nature of the tale. The conclusion kids might draw? Going to school isn't nearly as bad as being a dog. (Picture book. 5-8)—Kirkus

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Charlie is tired of everything he has to do in school. He envies his dog Norman, and wishes on a star that he were a dog. On Monday morning Charlie wakes up on the floor, scratching his ear with his foot, while his mother gets Norman out of bed to go to school. No one in the family, or at school, seems to notice that it’s the dog Norman that eats breakfast, catches the school bus, and practices his letters while Charlie enjoys relaxing at home. Tuesday Norman makes a clay sculpture and drinks from the water fountain; Charlie drinks from the toilet. And so it goes through the week, until both of them run into trouble. Although Charlie has had enough by Sunday, he is unable to talk to tell his parents; but another wish on a star changes him back into a boy, now happy to go to school. For his part Norman takes “a very, very long nap.” Simplified, cartoon-y characters in heavy black outlines appear in minimal settings. There are many vignettes of the humorous actions; the scenes of Charlie’s transformation doing normal dog activities are particularly comic. Do not miss the contrasting front and back jacket and cover. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz; Ages 5 to 8.
School Library Journal
07/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—Rather than face the grind of practicing his letters, drawing pictures, and trying to explain himself to his teacher, young Charlie wishes he could trade places with his carefree dog, Norman, on Sunday night. When his mother comes to wake him for school on Monday morning, it seems that his wish has come true. Hilarity ensues as Norman tries out the boy's activities throughout the week…with mixed results. He does fine with playing house, kickball, and maracas, but the teacher scolds him "for chewing his pencil, and the table, and her shoes." Meanwhile, Charlie stares out the window watching leaves fall, drinks from the toilet bowl, and endures a trip to the groomer. At week's end, and relegated to the backyard, Charlie wishes to be a boy once again. This clever text explores the "grass is always greener" notion with a deadpan delivery and Biggs's delightful, boldly outlined cartoon art extends the humor and brings down the (dog) house. The perfect choice for any reluctant scholars.—Luann Toth, School Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-14
"Be careful what you wish for" is just one of the messages in this humorous book about switching places.Charlie is tired of school and all the letter practice and picture drawing. His dog, Norman, doesn't have to go to school. Charlie wishes on a star to be a dog, and the next morning, he and Norman have switched places. While the dog rushes off to school to enjoy writing, playing kickball and making clay sculptures, Charlie lies back, relishing the opportunity to get some extra sleep and watch the leaves fall. But as the week goes on, both Norman and Charlie begin to see the drawbacks of the new arrangement. Norman gets in trouble for his chewing habit and must listen to a story about cats. Charlie drinks out of the toilet and gets locked outside in the cold. One wish-upon-a-star later, Charlie couldn't be happier to wake up in his own bed and be going back to school. Biggs' illustrations, done in a bright palette of aqua, olive, purple, mustard, red and orange, are hysterical, as the two swap places but not bodies: The boy acts like a dog and vice versa. And while the people's faces manage to convey emotion with just a tiny mouth and dot eyes, Norman's droll expression never changes, adding to the farcical nature of the tale.The conclusion kids might draw? Going to school isn't nearly as bad as being a dog. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786854936
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
06/17/2014
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
301,956
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Kelly DiPucchio (www.kellydipucchio.com) has written several children's books including The Sandwich Swap, with Queen Rania Al Abdullah, illustrated by Tricia Tusa; New York Times best-selling Grace for President, illustrated by LeUyen Pham; and Crafty Chloe, illustrated by Heather Ross. A graduate of Michigan State University, Kelly lives in southern Michigan with her husband and three children.

Brian Biggs (www.mrbiggs.com) is the illustrator of the Brownie and Pearl series by Cynthia Rylant; the Everything Goes series, which he also wrote; One Beastly Beast, by Garth Nix; The Boy Who Cried Alien, by Marilyn Singer; and several other children's books. He won a Christopher Award for his work on the Shredderman series by Wendelin Van Draanen. He currently lives and rides bikes in Philadelphia with his wife and two kids.

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Dog Days of School 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a really funny book! My favorite part is when Charlie learned how to play catch … and how not to! (Don't be chased by a skunk!) I think everyone should have a copy of it. My teachers read it to me at my school. -Ronan, age 7