Spunky Tells All

Spunky Tells All

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by Ann Cameron, Lauren Castillo
     
 

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Spunky the dog would be happy to share all of his secrets, if only his human family spoke his language. But no matter how hard he tries to talk, it's all "yerf!" to them. Through a series of unfortunate miscommunications, his family decides that Spunky wants a friend--specifically, a cat. Spunky can't imagine anything worse than having to share his family,

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Spunky the dog would be happy to share all of his secrets, if only his human family spoke his language. But no matter how hard he tries to talk, it's all "yerf!" to them. Through a series of unfortunate miscommunications, his family decides that Spunky wants a friend--specifically, a cat. Spunky can't imagine anything worse than having to share his family, especially Huey and Julian, with the snobby Balinese Fiona. But when headstrong Fiona keeps getting into trouble and it's up to Spunky to save her, he is astonished to find that being her protector has given his life new purpose and meaning.
The latest addition to the beloved Huey and Julian series, which includes the popular The Stories Julian Tells (featured on an Oprah.com summer reading list).

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Cameron has written another top-notch entry in the Julian and Huey series, this time from the brothers' pup's perspective. Who knows all of a family's secrets? The dog, of course. Spunky lets readers in on all the details of the Bateses, right down to the complex smells of each family member. The tragedy is that even though he understands them, they don't always understand him. They misinterpret Spunky's off-the-wall behavior and deduce that they need another pet to help diffuse some of his energy. Enter Fiona, a purebred cat with an attitude. She and Spunky are at odds from the get-go, due to her egocentricity and skewed view of how the world works (for example, she thinks that if she puts Spunky's food in the water puddles on the floor, wolves won't come to the house). Even so, Spunky comes to the rescue when Fiona's life is in danger, which knits the whole family closer together. Spunky joins the ranks of stellar animal narrators, on par with Harold, the dog from James Howe's Bunnicula (Atheneum, 1979). Readers will be simultaneously tickled by his canine observations and moved by the profound connection between dog and family. Huey and Spunky's shared dream is particularly poignant, and may very well move dog lovers to tears. Though the narrative doesn't need embellishment, thickly outlined illustrations pepper the text, giving readers a visual reference for some of Spunky's antics. A gem.—Amy Holland, Irondequoit Public Library, NY
Booklist

Readers will enjoy this pet story told from the pet's viewpoint.
BCCB

Dog fans…will delight in Spunky's tail-wagging tale-telling, which could introduce a new generation of kids to the Bates family chronicles.
Horn Book Magazine

…this is a beginning chapter book that begs to be read.
author of the Newbery Award winning The Slave Danc Paula Fox

Spunky Tells All is a beautiful tale of human, cat, and dog finding friendship together. I loved it. It speaks with deep spirit and fine observation of small telling things in a way that young humans will understand.
author of How to Steal a Dog Barbara O'Connor

I loved going back inside Huey and Julian's world, but this time, through the eyes of the wise and loyal Spunky. A book with humor, heart, and a lovable dog. Who could ask for more?
author of Everything for a Dog Ann M. Martin

I fell in love with Spunky who, in his own words, is a considerate Dog and only tries to do what is best for his human family. His tale, both charming and hilarious, will make readers laugh out loud--and pay much closer attention to what their own dogs are really saying.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429995351
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
10/11/2011
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
Lexile:
610L (what's this?)
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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