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Stories about Rosie

Stories about Rosie

by Cynthia Voigt, Dennis Kendrick (Illustrator)

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The 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 Literature
This 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.
— Diane Frook
School Library Journal
Gr 2-3-Rosie, a lively pup, lives with Mommy, Daddy, Duff, and Jessie. In the first of three related stories that use short sentences and simple language, the family eats breakfast, insisting that their pet wait to be fed until they are finished. In a minute-by-minute account of the meal, Duff tries to negotiate a moneymaking opportunity to wash the family car and announces that he wants to be called Peter; Jessie resists eating; Mommy pats hungry Rosie on the head, and more. Children are sure to be confused-or as impatient as the dog-about why she has to wait. In the second tale, the dog is home alone, and she investigates the food smells "from the tall thing kept under the sink." Mommy returns to a mess, angrily saying, "You're a very bad dog." "Out, Rosie. You are evil and wicked." Back inside and left alone again, the pet digs into the garbage, making another mess and later prompting anger from Daddy and the children. Mommy finally places a large spoon through the cabinet handles to block Rosie from the trash. In the last story, after dinner the pup joins the family workout as they watch a Jane Fonda exercise tape, which makes everyone laugh. Despite Smith's appealing, boldly colored illustrations, children may not have the heart to read to the end to witness the family's love of Rosie.-Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Rosie 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)

Product Details

Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Known for her powerful young adult realistic fiction, Cynthia Voigt won the Newbery Medal for Dicey’s Song, the second book in the acclaimed Tillerman series. Many of the books in the seven-part Tillerman series have garnered awards, including Homecoming, A Solitary Blue, and The Runner. She is also the author of the Kingdom series, The Bad Girls series, and many other stand-alone books.

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