Publishers Weekly - Publishers WeeklyThe naughty pooch from Stories About Rosie returns for three new adventures in The Rosie Stories by Cynthia Voigt, illus. by Cat Bowman Smith, a liberally illustrated chapter book. In one tale, Rosie just can't understand why the family gets fed three times a day, and she doesn't, so she tips over the garbage can and ferrets out the best parts. Youngsters will appreciate a narrative that reflects what Rosie thinks and understands ("Rosie didn't know evil and wicked, but she knew bad and out"). Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's LiteratureThis award-winning YA novelist focuses on a younger audience in a collection of three stories featuring Rosie, the author's dog, now assigned to a fictional family. In the first story, Rosie waits impatiently for her breakfast, in the next she turns over the trashcan and in the third she joins her human family for some exercise. Voigt's Rosie is enthusiastic and loyal, and the author captures what must be the simple-minded (compared to humans) thoughts inside a dog's head. When Rosie gets into the garbage, Mom calls her "evil" and "wicked" (lovingly, of course); Rosie in turn tells the squirrels, "Evil! And wicked!," then brightly adds: "Hello!" Later Rosie directs her new vocabulary at the spoon Mom has wedged between the handles of the cabinet: "That bad spoon stayed just where it was because it was greedy." Occasionally these muddled non-sequiturs from Rosie's mind are amusing; occasionally they are annoying. The biggest problem with the book, however, is that the stories are too simple to support the long text. It's too wordy for younger readers to manage alone, and unlikely to sustain the interest of older readers who can. As a read-aloud, it becomes somewhat tiresome for both reader and listener, since the focus is not on action, but rather on cutesy interplay between Rosie and her family. On the plus side are Smith's bright gouache illustrations. 2003, Holiday House, Ages 4 to 7.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 1-3 Rosie is a half Springer, half Brittany Spaniel who lives with a family of four. The family's job is to take care of Rosie; her job, on the other hand, is to be happy, a task at which she succeeds with enthusiasm. Four episodes show Rosie's adventures both inside and outside of her home, including encounters with a bat and a deer. Even though they are told from Rosie's point of view, which should be amusing, the stories fall flat due to the stilted sentences, which dampen what little action there is. (The exception is the episode involving the bat, which is the funniest of the four.) Readers never get to know Rosie's family at all, as their behavior is inconsistent throughout. Black-and-white line drawings alternate with watercolors; they contain more action than the plot itself, which is too slow to be acceptable for early primary grades. Readers who have a dog will smile in recognition at Rosie's antics, but that's not enough to sustain interest in the book. Stick with Margaret Graham's ``Benjy'' books (Harper). Kathleen Brachmann, Highland Park Public Library, Ill.
Kirkus ReviewsRosie is a little dog with a giant appetite. Whether she's "cleaning up" a cereal spill or proudly knocking over the trash can and scrounging through the contents, she has one thing on her mind: food. But, her family loves her, even when she's a "bad dog." Duff and Jessie, the children in Rosie's family, are crazy about their little dog, and Rosie returns the love. Voigt's dog's-eye view gives words to Rosie's incessant barking--"Eat!" "Nag!" "Breakfast!"--and the exclamation points that punctuate each bark let the reader know who's in charge. Short, snappy sentences add to the sense of yippy little dog. Smith's lively color illustrations show Rosie, the big-headed (and big-hearted) Jack Russell terrier, with all the emotions and expressions befitting a dog of her energy and intelligence. The repeated words, familiar situations, and frequent illustrations will lead Rosie to many new readers, while entertaining experienced readers, too. For dog lovers of all ages. Good dog, Rosie! (Fiction. 6-9)
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