Ready or Not, Here Comes Scout

Ready or Not, Here Comes Scout

by Jill Abramson, Jane O'Connor, Deborah Melmon
     
 

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Scout, the lovable puppy of Puppy Diaries fame, stars in her own picture book

Poor Scout. She wants so much to make friends with the other dogs at the dog park. She tries all her best puppy tricks--splashing, playing keepaway--but the older dogs ignore her. At the end of the day, she still has only one friend: her favorite toy, Baby. But Scout is

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Scout, the lovable puppy of Puppy Diaries fame, stars in her own picture book

Poor Scout. She wants so much to make friends with the other dogs at the dog park. She tries all her best puppy tricks--splashing, playing keepaway--but the older dogs ignore her. At the end of the day, she still has only one friend: her favorite toy, Baby. But Scout is determined to win over the other dogs, and she will, even if she does it in her own special, goofy way.

Sisters Jill Abramson and Jane O'Connor have collaborated on this warm and funny picture book based on Jill's popular New York Times blog and book, Puppy Diaries, and told in Scout's charmingly clueless voice.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Co-written by sisters, this book is drawn from the blog and subsequent adult book, The Puppy Diaries, by New York Times executive editor and devoted dog owner Abramson. Like O’Connor’s Fancy Nancy, Scout is a self-assured hero, as evidenced by the white puppy’s spirited, childlike narration (“Ooh ooh! Guess what! Today we’re going to the park, because I’m big enough now for real friends”). Scout’s eager voice and Melmon’s (Labracadabra) pencil-and-watercolor cartoons work in cheerful tandem to convey the puppy’s ingenuousness and exuberance. Scout is determined to make friends on her first trip to the dog park, but her efforts to join in the fun backfire. Repeatedly chiming “Ready or not, here I come!” the rambunctious Scout overwhelms and annoys her peers—disrupting their games and splashing wildly in the “puppy pool”—until she takes the time to learn proper play decorum. In a second lesson that also applies to two-legged playmates, Scout discovers how to deal with an irritable puppy that isn’t quite ready to play with others. Light yet thoughtful, this smooth collaboration is a surefire child and parent pleaser. Ages 4–6. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
Praise for Buddy by M.H. Herlong:

"[Scout's]...joyful demeanor speaks volumes about the benefits of learning to make and keep friends." -School Library Journal

"Young storytime listeners will enjoy this book." -Library Media Connection-

Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
Scout and her stuffed pal Baby are off to the dog park and she's eager to join in all the fun and games. But the other dogs find her a bit too eager so the next time they visit she and Baby watch how the other dogs interact and she quickly makes friends. When a new dog, Taco, visits the park Scout remembers how she felt on her first visit and tries to include him but he growls and frightens her so badly she's afraid to go back. Scout faces her fears and goes back to see her friends. When Baby ends up missing it is Taco who saves the day. He returns the stuffed friend to Scout but isn't quite ready to join in the games with the others. Scout's disappointed but knows he will do it when he is ready. Kids will relate to the feelings of being left out and afraid and may recognize those feelings in others and find their own opportunities to reach out. Melmon's illustrations are bright and cheery with a variety of playful breeds represented and frolicking across the pages. Dog lovers in particular will enjoy this tale of friendship and making brave choices. Reviewer: Amy McMillan
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Scout's initial visit to the dog park is not going well. She may be all heart and enthusiasm, but her social awareness is not on a par with that of the other dogs. She splashes in the wading pool, takes a rope that does not belong to her, and comes on too strong with a tiny, timid dog. At the end of the day, it's a good thing that Scout still has her stuffed animal, Baby, for comfort as she hasn't made any friends. On a second visit, Scout demonstrates improved social skills, is quickly integrated into the dog-park scene, and enjoys a blissful period of play. Then an aggressive canine named Taco arrives. Scout avoids this bully by staying home at first and later by keeping her distance. Very real playtime conflicts are brought to life in this peppy, brightly illustrated offering. While the story is perfect for preschoolers, the ending is actually quite subtle and deserving of discussion. Even though mean Taco is the one to recover Scout's missing Baby, he runs away. "All my friends are calling to me….I wish Taco would play too. Maybe one day he will want to. Me, I'm ready to play now!" remarks Scout, whose joyful demeanor speaks volumes about the benefits of learning to make and keep friends.—Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT
Kirkus Reviews
A boisterous golden retriever puppy narrates her attempts to make friends at the dog park in this earnest but uninspired story that fails to capture the bouncy charm of a real puppy. Abramson, the executive editor of the New York Times, previously relayed the story of rearing her puppy in a book for adults, The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout (2011). For this effort, Abramson collaborates with her sister, the author of the popular Fancy Nancy series. Despite their extensive publishing experience, the authors present an unexceptional story with a stilted text that reads like a stale beginning reader from the 1950s. Scout narrates in a coy, overly cheery tone with an abundance of exclamation marks and repeated refrains of "Ooh ooh!" and "Ready or not, here I come!" After learning to play nicely and to share her toy, Scout proclaims, "Wow! See how popular I am now!" Appealing illustrations of the cast of cavorting canines add interest but fail to rescue the lackluster text. Kids don't want a lesson in playground etiquette delivered in didactic fashion from a puppy, even a cute one. Ready or not? Not. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101651834
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/18/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
17 MB
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Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for Buddy by M.H. Herlong:

"[Scout's]...joyful demeanor speaks volumes about the benefits of learning to make and keep friends." —School Library Journal

"Young storytime listeners will enjoy this book." —Library Media Connection 

Meet the Author

Jane O'Connor is the author of many popular children's books, including the bestselling Fancy Nancy titles.

Jill Abramson is the executive editor of The New York Times and the author of several books. Both sisters live in New York City.

Deborah Melmon has created art for cookbooks and greeting cards as well as children's books. She lives in Menlo Park, California.

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