The Five-Dog Night

The Five-Dog Night

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by Eileen Christelow
     
 

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When Old Betty tries to advise Ezra on how to survive the cold winter nights, Ezra rebuffs her concerns because he has his own private source of warmth. "A good-natured, entertaining yarn." -- Kirkus Reviews See more details below

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When Old Betty tries to advise Ezra on how to survive the cold winter nights, Ezra rebuffs her concerns because he has his own private source of warmth. "A good-natured, entertaining yarn." -- Kirkus Reviews

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ALA Booklist
"The title gives the joke away, but kids will be delighted all the same--and most will be able to appreciate the funny wind-up in which Betty, who's learned not to be so nosy, and Ezra, who's learned not to be so ill-tempered, finally become friends. Christelow's freewheeling watercolors evoke Ezra, Betty, and the doggy crew in broadly characterized relief, with pen-and-ink details adding humorous punch." --ALA Booklist
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Crusty New Englanders get a good ribbing in this tale of two neighbors in pursuit of both corporeal and emotional warmth. Betty always brings cookies and unwanted advice when she visits cranky old Ezra. As winter deepens, she nags him more and more about his refusal to put extra blankets on his bed. She complains about the chill, he responds that it ``wasn't too bad. . . . only a one-dog night'' and she thinks he's ``crazy as a loon.'' She doesn't understand that he's ``blanketed'' by anywhere from one to five of his dogs. In Christelow's witty story, which was inspired by a news report, the one-dog weather gradually intensifies and the number of dogs atop Ezra's bed increases--along with Betty's concern for her stubborn neighbor. One frigid morning, Betty bursts into Ezra's home and discovers the secret of his warmth. Fed up with what he perceives as her nosiness, Ezra lashes out at Betty, who vows never to return. Ezra's heart thaws with the spring, and he takes cookies to Betty, by now a convert to the five-dog heating system. Their friendship blossoms. Christelow's crisp pacing, well-pitched dialogue and unpolished style of illustration suit her rough-around-the-edges but winsome Yankees just fine. As homey as apple pandowdy straight from the oven. Ages 5-9. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Elderly Ezra, who lives alone with five dogs, is often visited by his neighbor, Betty. He thinks she's a busybody, but the dogs always welcome her, possibly because she brings them cookies. As winter approaches, the old woman worries about Ezra and takes him a blanket. He has no use for it because the colder it gets, the more dogs he takes to bed with him. Betty checks up on her neighbor one time too many, and he tells her to leave him alone. Come spring, he misses seeing her. He bakes cookies and walks the dogs down the hill only to find that Betty has acquired some dogs of her own and has adopted his trick for keeping warm. The watercolor illustrations give readers comfortable, homey, grandparenty characters and bumbling, cuddly animals. At times Christelow allows the illustrations to tell the story. It's a doggone, good tale that points out if you can't lick 'em, join 'em and that you don't know what you've got until it's gone.-Joyce Richards, Prairie Grove Elementary School, AR
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"The title gives the joke away, but kids will be delighted all the same--and most will be able to appreciate the funny wind-up in which Betty, who's learned not to be so nosy, and Ezra, who's learned not to be so ill-tempered, finally become friends. Christelow's freewheeling watercolors evoke Ezra, Betty, and the doggy crew in broadly characterized relief, with pen-and-ink details adding humorous punch." Booklist, ALA

"A good-natured, entertaining yarn." Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395928622
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.81(w) x 10.75(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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