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Scooter in the Outside
     

Scooter in the Outside

by Anne Bowen, Abby Carter (Illustrator)
 
Arf-arf-arf-a-ROOOOO! That's Scooter saying that this book has it all: humor, adventure, unconditional love, and a memorable dog named Scooter.

Scooter LOVES the outside. He loves it so much that one day when Lucy accidentally leaves the door ajar, Scooter goes out all by himself. But without Lucy, the outside is a scary place, with trucks that

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Arf-arf-arf-a-ROOOOO! That's Scooter saying that this book has it all: humor, adventure, unconditional love, and a memorable dog named Scooter.

Scooter LOVES the outside. He loves it so much that one day when Lucy accidentally leaves the door ajar, Scooter goes out all by himself. But without Lucy, the outside is a scary place, with trucks that go WEEEEE-OOOOO-WEEEEE-OOOOO and BEEP-BEEP-BEEP! Luckily, Lucy finds Scooter. Children will relate to Scooter's curiosity as well as his fears, and will enjoy the endearing pictures and the fun read-aloud sounds.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Scooter loves going for walks with friend Lucy because she takes good care of him and because, well, she's his friend. But he would really like to go further than she lets him; after all there are other places to sniff or see. So when Lucy forgets to shut the front door one day in her hurry to get to school, Scooter, step-by-step and then lickety-split, races down the block. When he gets to the corner, he hesitates and then bounds across the street. At first this is a jolly good adventure—running through a sprinkler and rolling in the grass. But when a fire engine weeee-oooooo-weeee-oooooos past him, Scooter begins to rethink his idea of Outside being fun alone. Next he encounters a garbage truck that gobbles up trash with a horrible, ear-splitting beep-beep-beep. Scooter's had enough! He cowers behind a tree which just happens to be next to Lucy's school. Boy is he glad to see her and he happily follows her home. Children will love the onomatopoeia and the translation of dog-speak. Who hasn't heard the "thwappa-thwappa-thump" of a dog's tail or interpreted their barks and yips for human words? The drawings are energetic and somewhat endearing, except when Lucy's teeth are showing and Scooter doesn't seem to have long canine teeth. Still this is a fun story. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Scooter the dog is always on a leash when he and Lucy go walking throughout the neighborhood, enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells. Then one day, as Lucy rushes out to school, she leaves the front door ajar. Scooter immediately takes advantage of his first taste of freedom. He runs around the usual spots and then comes to the street. Should he cross? Yes, it's off to new adventures. He runs through a sprinkler, which is fun, but he is quite frightened by a wailing fire truck and beeping garbage truck. As he cowers under a tree, Lucy comes along and takes the grateful pup home. This simple story is elevated by its use of language and sound effects. "'Look at me! Look at me!' he barked to the world. But what came out was this: 'WOOFA-WOOFA-WOOFA!'" The watercolor illustrations show an expressive, lovable canine and a friendly neighborhood with an assortment of people engaged in typical activities. Altogether, this is a winning package.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
A bouncy golden retriever named Scooter escapes his suburban home for a solo adventure in this amusing tale full of comical canine conversations. Scooter enjoys a close relationship with his owner, a little girl named Lucy. She walks Scooter regularly in their suburban neighborhood, but he longs to see the larger world past the corner of their street. When Lucy leaves the door open, Scooter scoots out to explore, finding unfamiliar territory a scary place with loud fire engines and garbage trucks. Lucy finds Scooter and leads him home to his safe and secure world with his favorite green dog bed. The brisk and cheerful text is full of sound effects spelled out in capital letters, such as Scooter's sloppy kisses, his tail thumping against the floor or the loud siren noises. Scooters varied canine vocalizations are followed by translations in English to convey the dog's exuberant emotions and innocent intentions. His winning personality is captured in loose watercolor-and-pencil illustrations in a pleasant palette of soft greens and golds. Scooter will win over any fans of big, friendly dogs, especially when his woofs, arfs and barks are rendered by a suitably enthusiastic reader. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823423262
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
330L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Anne Bowen is a former elementary school language arts teacher. Her previous books include a Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year and a Society of School Librarians International Honor Book. She lives in Utah.

Abby Carter is known for illustrating the quirky and lovable in picture books. She lives in Connectiuct.

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