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Dog Friday [NOOK Book]

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The twins, Ant and Perry, vegetable loving Beany, Sun Dance and their scruffy mongrel, Old Blanket, specialize in creating mayhem. They attempt to entice guests in to Mrs Brogan's Bed and Breakfast, teach Robin how to be brave, and, most importantly, help him work out how he can keep the abandoned dog he finds on the beach ...

Ten-year-old Robin Brogan is determined to keep the dog he finds abandoned on the beach from being ...

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Dog Friday

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Overview

The twins, Ant and Perry, vegetable loving Beany, Sun Dance and their scruffy mongrel, Old Blanket, specialize in creating mayhem. They attempt to entice guests in to Mrs Brogan's Bed and Breakfast, teach Robin how to be brave, and, most importantly, help him work out how he can keep the abandoned dog he finds on the beach ...

Ten-year-old Robin Brogan is determined to keep the dog he finds abandoned on the beach from being impounded by the police.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
On the Yorkshire coast, a boy overcomes his fear of dogs when a starving mutt needs his help. "Snappy dialogue, an animated plot and a singularly refreshing crew of characters mark this fetching novel," said PW in a starred review. Ages 8-12. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Charles Wyman
In this zany tale, ten-year-old Robin's mother runs a coastal bed and breakfast called the Sea View. The story begins when Robin is attacked by a dog and develops an overwhelming fear of them. The unconventional Robinson family moves in next door with fraternal twins Perry (Perigrene) and Ant (Antoinette) plus two other siblings and a dog. The twins try to help Robin overcome his fear of dogs, but are not successful. Then Robin finds a starving little black dog on the beach and by caring for it, his fears begin to dissipate. The kids have a multitude of adventures and scrapes and Robin gains several new and interesting friends.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Ant, Perry, Beany, and Sun Dance Robinson soon take over the lives of Robin Brogan and his mom in one of the most delightful books of the year. The 4 kids write and place an ad in the local newspaper to make up for their unintentional hi-jinx that chases away customers from the Brogan's B & B. It works, too. When Robin saves Friday, an abandoned starving dog, he has to wait a week before he can claim ownership. English law requires that length of time in case the owner is found. During this week the Robinsons engage in hilarious antics. Truly a laugh out loud story.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Since being attacked by a dog, Robin, 10, is afraid of them, but finding an abandoned mutt on the beach helps him overcome his fear. He wants to keep Friday but his mother, who runs a less-than-successful bed-and-breakfast business, insists that they turn him over to the RSPCA for seven days in case his owners call to claim him. In the meantime, Robin gets to know the new next-door neighbors-a cheerful, wildly nutty bunch of kids, one of whom is emotionally disturbed-and must deal with Dan, a bully. When Robin sees a notice about a lost dog that fits Friday's description, he is overcome with guilt and decides to notify the animal's rightful owners. Fortunately, it is a case of mistaken identity, and in the end Robin and his canine pal are able to stay together. This is a poignant novel about honesty and the complexities of friendship. All the characters are well drawn and Robin's sensitive nature will appeal to readers. The British coast setting and language may be difficult for some readers to identify with; nevertheless, the story is entertaining, funny, and thoughtful, and the characters have depth.-Ann M. Burlingame, North Regional Library, Raleigh, NC
Carolyn Phelan
As she did in "The Exiles" (1993) and "The Exiles at Home" (1994), McKay tells a story springing from a cast of original, spontaneous characters, whose internal logic is consistent, though their actions may seem eccentric. Ten-year-old Robin's mother runs a bed and breakfast place by the seashore. Recovering from the emotional scars of a dog bite, Robin's trying to overcome his fear of dogs when a family moves in next door with four children and a mutt as ferocious as "his name, Old Blanket. Many adventures quickly follow, with the plot strands becoming inextricably intertwined. The main thread involves Robin's determination to keep the dog that he finds nearly dead on the "beach and nurses back to health. The sharply realized characters, fast-paced story, and witty dialogue make this English novel both distinctive and refreshing".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444906110
  • Publisher: Hachette Children
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 782,783
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 556 KB

Meet the Author

Hilary McKay won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize with her first novel, The Exiles. Her subsequent work has achieved recognition: The Exiles at Home won the Smarties Prize, whilst Saffy's Angel, the first in the Casson Family series, won the Whitbread Award, for which the third book, Permanent Rose, was also shortlisted.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2007

    One to get!

    My 11 year old daughter Isabelle runs as soon as you even suggest she read a book...but this is one she discovered on her own and absolutely LOVES! Shes read it over and over. Ive had the library tell me she needs to stop taking it out because no one else gets a chance to borrow it. Ive returned it today to them and bought her her very own copy. I KNOW its one she'll read again and cherish as a favorite book always.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2004

    I want a DOG!

    This book is a fun filled heart-warming and entertaining book that you will remember forever. Ever sense Robin was attacked by a dog, he has gained an overwhelming fear of dogs. Robin gains new friends and gets into a little mischief throughout the book. I was able to relate to Robin because I want a dog too....so now I know how he feels about wanting a dog. I'd recommend this book to anybody who loves or wants or has a dog.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2001

    Awesome Book!

    I am a 6th grade teacher and I shared this book with my students. They loved it! A beautiful tale of a boy and the love of a dog. My special needs students especially loved the story. One of the characters has many problems and is different from the other children. They could relate! I highly recommend this book!

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