Teacher's Pets

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In Cole Calmenson's Teacher's Pets, Kate and Lucie are best friends who love, love, love DOGS. But just because they can't have dogs of their own doesn't mean they can't MAGICALLY turn into them!

The FURRY ADVENTURES continue in this CHARMING series when Kate and Lucie find a substitute teacher in their class. Mr. Z makes goofy jokes and has the class going hog wild as he teaches about animal communication. At the same time, mean Darleen makes fun of Kate and Lucie's friendship....

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In Cole Calmenson's Teacher's Pets, Kate and Lucie are best friends who love, love, love DOGS. But just because they can't have dogs of their own doesn't mean they can't MAGICALLY turn into them!

The FURRY ADVENTURES continue in this CHARMING series when Kate and Lucie find a substitute teacher in their class. Mr. Z makes goofy jokes and has the class going hog wild as he teaches about animal communication. At the same time, mean Darleen makes fun of Kate and Lucie's friendship. Luckily, once Kate and Lucie slap HIGH FIVES and say the special words, they turn into dogs and find a way to save the day. They even make a new friend in the process!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Debra Lampert-Rudman
Book two in Stephanie Calmenson and Joanna Cole’s “Ready, Set Dogs!” series continues the adventures of dog-loving best friends Kate Farber and Lucie Lopez. Although they cannot own dogs where they live, the girls become dogs through the magic of their thrift store necklaces found in Book One. Wearing the necklaces, saying some “Woofs” and giving high fives, the girls become dogs whenever the need arises. Heather Ross’s illustration on page 11 perfectly depicts the girls’ transformation and their complementary canine appearances. With some classroom commotion over a substitute with a very long name, who can apparently appear in two places at once, and the discovery that “mean” Darleen just wants to be friends- and is a very good friend to animals—the entertaining chapter book keeps the action interesting through the various ways and reasons the girls become dogs. There’s even something of interest for cat lovers, with a fun trip through a cat show with more commotion and chases involved. Haircuts, dates, and some dog jokes add to the fun. A chapter entitled “Is Your Reading Teacher a Dog?” describes the wonderful reading therapy program that allows children to build confidence and develops better reading skills by reading to dogs in schools. The final two chapters are short essays by each of the authors about some of their favorite personal dog stories. All in all, an entertaining chapter book that may leave readers panting for book three, “Hot Diggity Dogs” Reviewer: Debra Lampert-Rudman; Ages 6 to 9.
Lisa Von Drasek

Parents Magazine Best Books of the Year "Bouncy, rhyming verse and an innovative cast of characters give this counting book zip. . . . Only after many rereadings will little ones get their fill." --Publishers Weekly on Dinner at the Panda Palace"Rosie's real-life adventures make for one of the outstanding nonfiction titles of the year." --Smithsonian Magazine on Rosie: A Visiting Dog's Story"Required reading for every dog lover!"
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Stephanie Calmenson's awards:

PBS Storytime Selection

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal ?

Missouri School Librarian's "Show Me Readers" Award

Horn Book Fanfare Best Book

ABA Pick-of-the-List selections

ALA Notable Children's Video

IRA/CBC Children's Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805096477
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 6/10/2014
  • Series: Ready, Set, Dogs! Series, #2
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 331,742
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Calmenson and Joanna Cole are friends who have written lots of children's books.

Stephanie is the author of many books, including Rosie, a Visiting Dog's Story and May I Pet Your Dog?, each starring her own dogs. She lives in New York City with her husband, Mark, and their dachshund, Harry.

Joanna, author of a wide range of highly acclaimed books, including How You Were Born, is best known for her popular Magic School Bus series. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, Phil, and their two guinea pigs.

The authors have written and edited books as a team, including Give a Dog a Bone and other anthologies.

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Wake Up!

Crash! Bang! The sound of thunder came booming from Kate Farber’s radio.

That got Kate up fast.

“Just kidding about the thunder,” said Amos-on-the-Airwaves. “There’s not a cloud in our beautiful Tuckertown sky.”

Amos liked to keep his listeners laughing.

Kate grabbed her glasses from the night table and put them on. Her tan frames looked great with her dark brown hair and her freckles.

Then she grabbed her phone. It was right next to where her glasses had been. Kate was neat. She liked to know where her things were and lined them up in straight rows.

Kate was also a sensible girl. On school days, she made sure to call her best friend, Lucie Lopez. Without Kate’s wake-up call, Lucie would be late every day.

Kate speed-dialed Lucie’s number. She knew the special dog-bark ring that would be waking her friend. They both had the same ring. Arfa-arf!

Lucie and Kate loved dogs, and each wished she could have one. But they lived right next door to each other in garden apartments where the rule was NO DOGS ALLOWED.

So instead of real dogs, Kate and Lucie had sheets and pajamas with dogs on them. They had socks and underwear with dogs on them.

Kate had knickknack shelves with little glass dogs. Of course, they were lined up in neat rows.

Lucie had a collection of stuffed dogs scattered all over her room. Lucie was as messy as Kate was neat. She also had piles of dog books. She had read every single one, so she knew a lot about dogs.

Arfa-arf! Lucie’s phone was ringing for the third time. Finally she picked up.

“Hullo,” Lucie said, sounding half asleep. “What’s up?”

“Obviously, not you,” said Kate. “Hurry or we’ll be late for school.”

There was silence at the other end.

“Are you asleep again?” said Kate.

More silence.

“Wake up! Wake up!” said Kate.

“I’m up! I’m up!” said Lucie, almost falling out of her bed.

“See you outside.”

Lucie and Kate had been friends since they were little, and they were in the same class at Tucker Elementary School.

They each got dressed.

Lucie put on her favorite pink poodle T-shirt. She loved pink. She also loved ribbons. She picked out a barrette that had curly pink ribbons hanging down. She pushed her ginger-colored bangs out of her eyes to admire the ribbons.

Kate didn’t care much about ribbons. She put on her bulldog T-shirt. Then she quickly tied her hair in two perfect pigtails.

They didn’t know it, but at the exact same time, both girls were putting on their pink dog-bone necklaces. They were the most amazing necklaces in the universe. Kate and Lucie wore them every day.

After breakfast, they met outside and started on their way to school.

“Ms. Lu said we’re going to do something fun today,” said Lucie.

The girls couldn’t wait to see what their teacher had planned. They walked a little faster. They came to the Lucky Find Thrift Shop just as Mrs. Bingly, the owner, was opening up.

“Hi, girls!” she called to Kate and Lucie.

“Woofa-woof!” they called back, touching their special necklaces.

They had bought them at Mrs. Bingly’s store. Mrs. Bingly would never believe what those necklaces could do.

They had just passed the Lucky Find when Lucie started sniffing the air.

“Uh-oh,” she said. “Do you smell what I smell?”

“You mean Banana-Fandana gum?” said Kate.

“Exactly,” said Lucie. “And do you hear what I hear?”

Thunk, thunk, thunk.

“You mean that bouncing basketball?” said Kate.

“That would be it,” said Lucie.

They turned and saw Danny DeMarco and DJ Jackson.

Danny had the basketball, but he had stopped bouncing it. Now he was holding it up in the air and spinning it on his finger. He was always doing something with that basketball.

And DJ was always chomping his Banana-Fandana gum. He usually chewed three pieces, but the girls had once seen him put four pieces in his mouth at the same time.

Sometimes Kate and Lucie had a good time with Danny and DJ, but most of the time, the girls thought they were the two most annoying boys on the planet.

“Hey, DJ,” said Danny. “Do you see who I see?”

“You mean the two goofiest girls on the planet?” said DJ.

“Did he say girls?” whispered Kate, with a gleam in her eye.

“I believe he did,” whispered Lucie.

“Woof?” said Kate.

“Woof!” said Lucie.

It was time to put their amazing dog-bone necklaces into action.

Text copyright © 2014 by Stephanie Calmenson and Joanna Cole

Illustrations copyright © 2014 by Heather Ross

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