The Nine Lives of Dudley Dog
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The Nine Lives of Dudley Dog

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by Ann Hassett
     
 

Sister wished for a cat for her birthday, but she got Dudley instead. Dudley is all dog, and he likes to chase cats. Dudley chases one, two, three cats and more across a busy street, down the railroad tracks, past a skunk, through a construction site, past a bumblebee nest, into a burning building, around a swimming pool, through a thunderstorm, and all the way to

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Sister wished for a cat for her birthday, but she got Dudley instead. Dudley is all dog, and he likes to chase cats. Dudley chases one, two, three cats and more across a busy street, down the railroad tracks, past a skunk, through a construction site, past a bumblebee nest, into a burning building, around a swimming pool, through a thunderstorm, and all the way to the circus, where the cats are called tigers. Bad dog! Does he think he has nine lives like a cat? Maybe so, in this delightfully zany tale of poetic justice and birthday wishes come true.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[M]adcap images play with hidden numbers...on each page, offering a heady amount of unbridled energy." Kirkus, Feb 1 2008 Kirkus Reviews

"[A] boisterious romp . . . The cheerful pastel illustrations catch all the action." 6/1-6/15/2008 Booklist, ALA

Kirkus Reviews
Sister wanted a cat for her birthday but what she got was Dudley, the cat-obsessed dog. After Sister blows out her candles and makes a wish, Dudley escapes out a window and begins his pursuit of felines. On eight two-page spreads the dog escapes near death and skunks as various concerned citizens cry, "Do you think you have nine lives like a cat?" On the ninth spread, the dog has a run-in with some tigers and that (understandably) is the last you see of him. That night a cat wearing Dudley's old collar leaps onto Sister's bed because, we are told, "Sister's birthday wish had come true." Hassett's madcap images play with hidden numbers (and equivalent cats) on each page, offering a heady amount of unbridled energy. The twist at the end, however, is less satisfying than it is downright head-scratching. One has to wonder if Sister's birthday wish was for Dudley to become a cat, or simply for the unwanted dog to be eaten by a tiger. Inventive but faulty. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618811533
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/31/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

John and Ann Hassett have been collaborating on picture books for more than ten years. Their books are known for their quirky humor and lively illustrations. The Hassetts live and work in Maine, where their “commute to work is short (upstairs, and first door on the right).”

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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Sister had wished for a cat for her birthday, but due to a mix-up at the pet store, she got Dudley instead. Dudley is most definitely not a cat. He's a dog. So Sister makes a wish when she blows out her birthday candles, and Dudley begins doing what dogs do -- he chases cats.

Through the park, into a burning building, into a hole at a construction site, through the circus (where cats are called tigers), and even into the swimming pool (Dudley can't swim). Everywhere he goes, people seem to have only one thing to say: "Do you think you have nine lives like a cat?"

Throughout the day Dudley continues on, chasing cats. Until he shows up back at home, and climbs through Sister's window, looking decidedly different than when he left.

Could Sister's wish have actually come true?

Although many children will find THE NINE LIVES OF DUDLEY DOG amusing, older readers will quickly realize that there's no way that Sister's wish could have come true. A little strange, this is still a book that will entertain children who can suspend their disbelief.