The Magic Squad And The Dog Of Great Potential

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For Calvin Hastings, days after school at Alfred Ludlott's house are the pits. Alfred has a big lawn and a dachshund, but Calvin's gifted younger brother, Monk, and his bossy, overachieving neighbor, Jenny, are getting on his nerves! No wonder Calvin jumps at the chance to visit the local humane shelter with Alfred's neighbor, Dr. Jamar. Calvin falls for Train, a big, loud, friendly dog with "great potential." Train needs a home—but Calvin's apartment building won't allow dogs or cats, Dr. Jamar is already ...
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Overview

For Calvin Hastings, days after school at Alfred Ludlott's house are the pits. Alfred has a big lawn and a dachshund, but Calvin's gifted younger brother, Monk, and his bossy, overachieving neighbor, Jenny, are getting on his nerves! No wonder Calvin jumps at the chance to visit the local humane shelter with Alfred's neighbor, Dr. Jamar. Calvin falls for Train, a big, loud, friendly dog with "great potential." Train needs a home—but Calvin's apartment building won't allow dogs or cats, Dr. Jamar is already fostering a pet, and Alfred Ludlott has Fitz. Calvin's ready to give up when he finds out that Train isn't the only one with "great potential."

After visiting the Humane Shelter, ten-year-old Calvin wants to help every dog there but finds it an almost impossible job.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Calvin is a "C" kind of guy, a procrastinator who feels somewhat overshadowed by his talented and gifted younger brother and his neighbor Jenny, a top student in his class. When Calvin goes to the local pound, he falls for a rather large but untrained dog. He is appalled to learn that the dogs will be put to sleep if they don't find good homes. Calvin gets his baby-sitter to sponsor Train - a dog with great potential - and promises that within a month he will train the dog and find him a good home. Jenny's plans for a magic show, deadlines to complete a school project, and Calvin's struggle to realize his own potential are all intertwined in this entertaining and heartwarming story.
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Gr 2-4Calvin, 10, is a "C kind of a guy" surrounded by exceptional people. His younger brother, Monk, is brilliant; his friend Jenny works hard at her magic and gets results; even their after-school sitter, Alfred Ludlott, is a poet. But Calvin is content to be ordinary until the day he visits the Humane Society and falls in love with a huge, friendly mutt named Train. Calvin persuades Alfred to take Train in for one month while he trains him and finds him a permanent home. At the same time, Jenny trains Calvin to be her assistant in her performance at Alfred's granddaughter's birthday party. Train is finally trained, but no home is found for him until party day when the most obnoxious boy at the bash demands the dog. "Racked by despair" because he failed to find his friend an A+ home, the boy attempts to deal with his loss and come to terms with his own unrealized potential. Telling the story from Calvin's point of view, Quattlebaum realistically conveys his thought processes and emotions as the protagonist grows and comes to an understanding of his own talents. Her deft handling of characterization and light humorous touch extend to her sketches of minor characters as well. Though the author has two strong messages, they do not dominate the plot. Remkiewicz's energetic, black-and-white cartoons add to the lively, easy-to-read presentation.Maggie McEwen, Coffin Elementary School, Brunswick, ME
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In this sequel to Jazz, Pizzazz, and the Silver Threads (1996), Calvin takes in a large and seemingly untrainable dog for a month, during which time he must teach him to behave and find him a home. Meanwhile, his gifted younger brother, Monk, continues to be obsessed with poetry, and his friend, Jenny, is preparing for her first magic show, roping Calvin in as her assistant. The determined eccentricity of Monk and Jenny combined with Calvin's continued moping about being ordinary, is wearing thin this time around. The characters are so distracted that they exist in separate vacuums instead of interacting normally. The plot takes an interesting turn when the dog is adopted by a horribly spoiled brat, but returns to a more predictable path almost immediately. Heavy-handed, and not terribly interesting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440412793
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/9/1998
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.23 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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