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The Boy Who Ate Dog Biscuits

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Billy Getten really wants a dog. He’s so dog crazy that he eats dog biscuits! But Billy’s parents won’t give in. They say he’s too irresponsible. Then Billy meets the dog of his dreams. Can Billy convince his parents that he’s ready for a pet before the most wonderful dog in the world gets adopted by someone else?

“This short chapter book offers good role models; strong, three-generational family relationships; and a smooth message about ...

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Overview

Billy Getten really wants a dog. He’s so dog crazy that he eats dog biscuits! But Billy’s parents won’t give in. They say he’s too irresponsible. Then Billy meets the dog of his dreams. Can Billy convince his parents that he’s ready for a pet before the most wonderful dog in the world gets adopted by someone else?

“This short chapter book offers good role models; strong, three-generational family relationships; and a smooth message about friendship. The soft, expressive black-line drawings will help draw readers.”—Booklist

All Billy wants is a dog of his own, but he gets a baby sister instead.

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Gr 2-4-- A disjointed story about the summer days of a soon-to-be-third-grader who wants a dog. Plot development is fragmented and illogical at times. The inconsistent characterization of the parents sends mixed messages about their son, whom they think needs improvement before he is allowed to have a pet. Billy is a likable, regular kid, and one whom other kids would like to know. His parents call him ``irresponsible,'' but all summer they have trusted him to walk blocks, cross at the light, and spend his free time with the local veterinarian, exercising her strays. When Billy's grandfather comes to visit, he see the responsible side of his grandson, and Billy's favorite stray is brought home to him. Young readers may accept the parental incongruities as normal, but the book is unnecessary in most library collections. --Ellen Dibner, East School, Long Beach, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394847788
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/1989
  • Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM) Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 639,351
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 7.58 (h) x 0.22 (d)

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

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    my first grade son thought it was okay

    Every night, at bedtime, my son and I read for 15 minutes. If my son really enjoys the story, he will ask me to read just one more chapter; he did not ask me with this story. We thought the book would be fun to read because of the title, but it turned out to have a serious tone. I think it had too much happening for a short story. It touched on lying, forgiveness, commitment, responsiblity, having a baby as a sibling, health issues with aging grandparents, and wanting a dog. When we read a story, we like to feel what the character is feeling. There was just too much going on for us to actually get involved with the character's feelings.

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    Posted November 20, 2013

    So

    So i take it that the book wasnt good

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