It's a Deal, Dogboy

It's a Deal, Dogboy

by Christine McDonnell, G. Brian Karas
     
 

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Leo can't wait for summer vacation-swimming and playing baseball are his favorite activities. But when summer finally does start, nothing turns out like Leo planned-girls are on the baseball team and his older sister Eleanor won't stop calling him Dogboy. Can the summer be saved?

"Leo and his misadventures are lively and credible. . . . A briskly engaging

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Leo can't wait for summer vacation-swimming and playing baseball are his favorite activities. But when summer finally does start, nothing turns out like Leo planned-girls are on the baseball team and his older sister Eleanor won't stop calling him Dogboy. Can the summer be saved?

"Leo and his misadventures are lively and credible. . . . A briskly engaging diversion." (The Horn Book)

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Children's Literature
It's summertime and Leo is excited to sleep late, watch cartoons and do nothing, but first he has to pass third grade. The last day of school brings lots of surprises, however; the best one is seeing "promoted to grade 4" on the back of his report card. When the assembly ends, Leo can't wait to start his summer vacation and embark on all kinds of fun adventures—swimming at the lake, playing baseball with the guys, camping out. Although everything starts out well enough, he soon realizes that this particular summer will not turn out like he expected. There are girls on his baseball team who are better than him, his older sister will not stop teasing him and calling him "Dogboy," and his annoying cousin Tim follows him everywhere he goes. Fortunately, the summer isn't a total bust. Along the way, he learns all kinds of important lessons such as respecting girls and treating them equally, acting responsibly and following through on promises. This well-written chapter book cleverly addresses current concerns faced by today's youngsters and offers honest solutions to these everyday challenges. It is a great pick for this year's summer reading list. 2001, Puffin Books, $4.99. Ages 7 to 10. Reviewer: Debra Briatico
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-If you're looking for a springboard into summer, these five episodic stories about Leo and his family would be a good classroom read-aloud in the late spring. Third-grade Leo, who appeared in Don't Be Mad, Ivy (1981) and Toad Food and Measle Soup (1982, both Dial; o.p.) is back. On the last day of school, he begins worrying about being promoted. After he and his friend Johnny play a few last pranks, their teacher wishes them a wonderful summer (and a good year in fourth grade). During the summer, Leo learns to cope with having girls on his baseball team and baby-sitting his talkative younger cousin. Other dilemmas include finding the right dog to be his pet and deciding whether to let his annoying older sister practice ear piercing on him. Each chapter resolves its conflict in a satisfying way. The stories are realistic and believable though short on suspense or theme. Leo faces problems that most children can relate to and the stories could be used to start some lively classroom discussions.-Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670832644
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
08/17/1998
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.53(d)
Lexile:
520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

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