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No Dogs Allowed

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by Stephanie Calmenson

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Kate and Lucie are best friends. Kate is neat and Lucie is messy. Kate wakes up early and Lucie loves to sleep in. But both girls love, love, love dogs!

Unfortunately, Kate and Lucie live in apartments where dogs are not allowed. Instead of real dogs, they have dog T-shirts, dog sheets and pajamas, and dog books. But nothing is quite the same as having a real


Kate and Lucie are best friends. Kate is neat and Lucie is messy. Kate wakes up early and Lucie loves to sleep in. But both girls love, love, love dogs!

Unfortunately, Kate and Lucie live in apartments where dogs are not allowed. Instead of real dogs, they have dog T-shirts, dog sheets and pajamas, and dog books. But nothing is quite the same as having a real dog.

One day, the girls discover sparkly pink dog necklaces at the thrift store and try them on. But when they admire themselves in the mirror and give each other high fives, there is a pop and a whoosh and the girls are turned into dogs! Now it seems like Kate and Lucie won't need their own pet dogs . . . because they'll be having furry adventures of their own!

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“Good-natured banter and silliness move the story along at a brisk pace.” —Publishers Weekly

“...bouncy, rhyming verse and an innovative cast of characters give this counting book zip ... Only after many rereadings will little ones get their fill.” —Publishers Weekly on DINNER AT THE PANDA PALACE

“Rosie's real-life adventures make for one of the outstanding nonfiction titles of the year.” —Smithsonian Magazine on ROSIE - A VISITING DOG'S STORY

“Required reading for every dog lover!” —Lisa Von Drasek, Children's Librarian, Bank Street College on MAY I PET YOUR DOG?

“...fanciful yet scientifically accurate romp' in which 'weighty information is buoyantly supported by energetic, cartoony illustrations.” —PW, starred review on THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS ON THE OCEAN FLOOR

“Cole's lively text, with examples drawn from daily life, presents some quite complicated scientific information about how the five senses work.” —Booklist on YOU CAN'T SMELL A FLOWER WITH YOUR EAR

“Cole has successfully captured the youngsters' voices, making it easy for readers to identify with them.” —School Library Journal on I'M A BIG BROTHER


...fanciful yet scientifically accurate romp' in which 'weighty information is buoyantly supported by energetic, cartoony illustrations.
Publishers Weekly
Frequent collaborators Calmenson and Cole begin the Ready Set, Dogs! series with a peppy story that takes the notion of dog-loving kids to the extreme. Best friends Kate and Lucie are obsessed with dogs, but live in an apartment complex that prohibits them. At a thrift shop, the two try on necklaces with a dog-bone motif and—by high-fiving and uttering “Woofa-woof!”—morph into dogs themselves. (Riffing on the joke that dogs and their owners can sometimes resemble each other, Ross’s cartoons show a humorous likeness between the girls’ human and canine selves.) Switching species at will, Kate and Lucie help lead three stray dogs to a shelter and taunt “the two most annoying boys on the planet,” who are bent on capturing and adopting them. In the story’s feel-good ending, the girls and boys join forces to win an Adopt-a-Dog Week songwriting contest. Good-natured banter and silliness (“Stop sniffing me!” “I can’t help it. Everything smells amazing—even you!”) move the story along at a brisk pace. Ages 6–9. Authors’ agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Illustrator’s agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Dog-loving best friends Katie and Lucie live next door to one another in an apartment building with an unfortunate rule: NO DOGS ALLOWED. On a trip to the neighborhood thrift shop, the girls try on matching pink dog bone-shaped necklaces and discover that the jewelry holds the power to turn its wearers into dogs. Fortunately, they quickly figure out how to turn back into girls, and they have fun shape-shifting at will for the remainder of the story. Lucie and Katie join forces with two boys to write the winning submission for a local radio contest promoting Adopt-a-Dog Week. Back matter includes dog jokes, true stories about heroic dogs, and the authors' real-life dog ownership tales. Occasional black-and-white drawings highlight key characters and scenes, such as a humorous scene of the girls, in dog form, digging holes in a garden as their mothers look on with shocked expressions. This fun, quick read will have young dog lovers sitting up and begging for the next book in the series.—Amanda Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library, Madison, WI

Product Details

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Publication date:
Ready, Set, Dogs! Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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The Lucky Find
Early one morning the clock radio went off in Kate Farber’s room. Kate popped up in bed. Wonka-wonk! Amos-on-the-Airwaves was honking a horn into the microphone.
Is there a car in here? thought Kate.
She looked around her room for cars. Of course there weren’t any. It was just Amos finishing his traffic report. Amos Adams was Tuckertown’s favorite radio announcer, and everyone loved to listen to him.
Amos had stopped honking and started barking. Woof-arf-yip!
Kate looked around her room. It was as neat as a pin, and there were dogs everywhere. They were on her sheets and pajamas. They were dancing across her lamp shade. There were knickknack shelves filled with little glass dogs all lined up in neat rows.
Kate loved dogs. But there would never be a real one in her room. She lived in a garden apartment where the rule was NO DOGS ALLOWED. Kate was a sensible girl. She knew there was no point in begging for a dog. But that didn’t stop her from wishing for one.
She was wishing for one when Amos got her attention with the word contest.
“It’s Adopt-a-Dog Week, and we’re having a song-writing contest,” he said. “We need a catchy song to get people out adopting dogs from the Tuckertown Shelter. Woof-arf-yip! Start writing and send your songs in pronto!”
Pronto means “quickly.” That was just right for Kate. Kate did everything quickly.
She quickly grabbed her glasses from her night table and put them on. The brown frames looked good with her freckles and dark-brown hair.
Then she speed-dialed her best friend, Lucie Lopez.
Kate knew what Lucie would be hearing at the other end. She’d be hearing the special ring they had programmed on their phones. Arfa-arf! Arfa-arf!
Lucie wished she could have a dog, too. But she lived in the same garden apartment building, right next door to Kate. So, instead of a real dog, she had thirty-two stuffed dogs facing every which way in her room. She also had tons of books about dogs. They were piled up in stacks on her dresser, chairs, and even the floor. She had read every single one more than once.
Lucie’s room was as messy as Kate’s room was neat.
Kate pressed the speaker button on her phone and started getting dressed while Lucie’s phone kept ringing. Arfa-arf!
Lucie finally picked up on the fourth arf. Lucie definitely was not a morning person.
“Hullo,” she said sleepily, pushing her ginger-colored bangs out of her eyes.
“Quick! Meet me outside,” said Kate, tying her right sneaker.
“I’m still sleeping,” said Lucie.
“No, you’re not. You’re talking,” said Kate, tying her left sneaker. “We’ve got a song to write, a contest to win! Amos says the dogs at the shelter need our help.”
“Huh?” said Lucie.
“I’ll explain outside,” said Kate. “Hurry up and get dressed. I’m wearing my Dalmatian tee.”
“Mine’s in the laundry,” said Lucie, yawning. “I’ll wear my pink poodle shirt. I got new pink ribbons to match.”
“Of course you did,” said Kate.
Lucie loved ribbons. And she definitely loved pink.
Kate and Lucie had been best friends since they were little. They thought they were the luckiest girls in the world to be living right next door to each other.
By the time they hung up, Lucie had swung her legs out of bed and put one foot on the floor. Squawk! She had stepped on an old stuffed dog that had a squeaker in it.
How did that get there? thought Lucie.
Meanwhile, Kate was already dressed and had tied her hair in pigtails. She grabbed a breakfast bar and headed outside.
On the way, she heard her mom call, “Please take the bag in the hall to the thrift shop!”
“Got it!” said Kate, sweeping up the bag on her way out.
Kate sat on her front steps to wait for Lucie. She didn’t like waiting, but with Lucie for a best friend, she was used to it. While she waited, she hummed a tune and tapped her feet. Five minutes later, Lucie came out.
“Another trip to the thrift shop?” Lucie said when she saw the bag at Kate’s feet.
“My mom’s on a cleaning mission,” said Kate, jumping up. “Let’s go!”
Kate and Lucie started toward the Lucky Find Thrift Shop. They went there a lot, mostly just to look around. And whenever they bought something, they liked knowing the money went to charity.
“Wait till you hear about the song contest!” said Kate. She told Lucie all about it.
“Maybe we could win and help the dogs!” said Lucie. “We’re great at rhyming.” Then she added, “We do it all the timing.”
Kate rolled her eyes. Lucie ignored her and started singing:
Adopt a puppy!
It’s better than a guppy!
“I like it!” said Kate. She took a turn.
Adopt a dog.
It’s better than a hog!
As they walked to the thrift shop, the song got sillier and sillier.
“Hi, Mrs. Bingly!” they called as they walked through the door of the Lucky Find.
“Hi, girls,” said Mrs. Bingly, the store owner. “What have you got there?”
Kate set the bag on the counter. “Mom’s cleaning her closet again,” she said.
“Wonderful,” said Mrs. Bingly, taking the bag to the back of the store.
“Hey, Kate, look at this!” called Lucie.
Lucie was modeling a hot-pink hat with six kinds of fruit on the brim. It was draped with ribbons. Just right for Lucie.
She noticed a fluffy purple boa and tossed it around her neck.
She got a bright-green pocketbook and hung it on her shoulder.
“How many things are you going to try at once?” said Kate, being her usual sensible self.
“Maybe I’ll try on shoes next,” said Lucie.
“If you keep going, you’ll be wearing everything in the store,” said Kate.
Lucie didn’t worry about being sensible. A display of sparkly necklaces had already caught her eye.
“Look at the two with the pink dog bones hanging down,” she said, putting all the other stuff back.
Even Kate couldn’t be sensible once she saw those necklaces.
“Let’s try them on,” she said. “They’re perfect for Adopt-a-Dog Week.”
“They’re perfect for us!” said Lucie.
The girls each grabbed a necklace and went into the fitting room so they could look in the mirror.
“Help me with the clasp,” said Lucie.
“Got it,” said Kate. “Now help with mine.”
They turned to admire themselves.
“These look great on us!” said Lucie.
“Let’s get them!” said Kate.
“Woofa-woof!” they said together, giving each other high fives.
Woofa-wow! Kate and Lucie had no idea they were about to get the surprise of their lives.
The instant their hands touched, the necklaces lit up and there was a pop and a whoosh in the fitting room of the Lucky Find Thrift Shop.
When the smoke cleared, Lucie and Kate couldn’t believe their eyes. Two dogs were staring straight at them from the mirror.

Text copyright © 2013 by Stephanie Calmenson and Joanna Cole
Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Heather Ross

Meet the Author

Stephanie Calmenson's books have been called "marvelous" (Publishers Weekly), "lyrical", "hilarious" (School Library Journal), and "sweet, funny, and right on the mark" (Booklist). A former teacher, children's book editor, and Editorial Director of the Parents Magazine Press Read-Aloud Book Club, she has written such favorites as Dinner at the Panda Palace; Late for School; Rosie, a Visiting Dog's Story; and May I Pet Your Dog.

Joanna Cole is the author of the Magic School Bus franchise, which has been a pillar of Scholastic's success over the past twenty years or more. Joanna, a former elementary school teacher, has also written many bestselling and long-lived picture books for children, including Bony-Legs; Hungry, Hungry Sharks; and How You Were Born.

Heather Ross is the creator of Crafty Chloe and the illustrator of many books including Iva Honeysuckle Discovers the World and Mo Wren, Lost and Found. She lives in New York with her family.

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No Dogs Allowed 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just got it! I love it my favorite part is when they turn into dogs!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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