Ishan Mehra wants a dog, but his mother has a rule about dogs. (Guess what it is?) Ishan figures if he's helpful enough and does enough things right around the house, he can change her mind. Somehow, though, the right things seem to come out all wrong. whether it's making paratha for breakfast or repainting the hallway! Award-winning author Kashmira Sheth's first novel for younger readers introduces Ishan, whose hilarious misadventures will resonate with kids everywhere. ...
Ishan Mehra wants a dog, but his mother has a rule about dogs. (Guess what it is?) Ishan figures if he's helpful enough and does enough things right around the house, he can change her mind. Somehow, though, the right things seem to come out all wrong. whether it's making paratha for breakfast or repainting the hallway! Award-winning author Kashmira Sheth's first novel for younger readers introduces Ishan, whose hilarious misadventures will resonate with kids everywhere.
Ishan Mehra has been dreaming about having a puppy, but his mother has no problem dampening that expectation with a very firm no. But Ishan is one smart third grader, and he is sure that if he helps his mom out around the house, "schmoozes" his dad, or offers to take the dog next door for a walk that he will convince her to change her mind. But his "best-laid plans" go awry and time after time, Ishan finds himself in more trouble with his mom, dad and neighbor than he could have ever expected, much to the further irritation of his brother Sunil who is sure that Ishan's immaturity is what is keeping them from getting their chance to adopt a dog. But when Ishan's interest in Oggie, the dog next door, creates an opportunity to show his mom that he can be helpful and mature, Ishan and Sunil find that sometimes, doing the right thing for the right reason is the best approach to consider. Humor throughout, combined with solid pencil and ink illustrations of the characters found in the book, should help this book find a nice readership with early and middle-elementary readers. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Ishan desperately wants a dog, but his mother, a busy pediatrician, has a "no dogs allowed rule." The third grader spends most of his time trying to convince her, often through misadventures of one kind or another, that he and his older brother, Sunil, deserve one. Children will relate to his stubbornness and creativity as Ishan hunkers down and focuses on dogs, dogs, dogs-to the point of driving his parents, neighbors, and extended family to distraction with his one-track mind and exploits. The story's pacing, geared toward beginning chapter-book readers, moves swiftly toward its resolution and has enough mild surprises along the way to keep youngsters turning the page to see if the boys are victorious at the end. Occasional black-and-white illustrations work well in tying the story together.—Lisa Kropp, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
Third-grader Ishan Mehra wages a successful campaign to repeal his mother's no-dogs-allowed rule by gently introducing her to a neighbor's dog. Ishan's original plan is to win his mother over by being especially nice and helpful. But things go wrong. His cooking makes a mess, his hall-painting makes a bigger one, and the sculpture he and his friends make with the desserts at a large community party is a big mistake. But when an elderly neighbor faints, Ishan has the presence of mind to call 9-1-1 and is allowed to keep the man's dog for a few days--time enough to help his mother get over her childhood fears. Sheth's first novel for younger readers (Boys Without Names, 2010, etc.) features a likable, determined protagonist, gentle humor and a familiar family situation. Hindi words and details of Indian-American culture--especially the food--are woven into the story, always with an explanation. The first-person, present-tense narration includes short paragraphs, ample dialogue and illustrations every few pages (final art not seen). While the multicultural aspect of this title is important, its real strength is the familiarity of Ishan's situation. Elementary school readers will find it easy to identify with both his younger-brother troubles and his desperate desire for a dog. Just right for aspiring pet owners. (Fiction. 6-9)
Kashmira Sheth was born in Bhavanger, Gujart, India, and emigrated to the United States at the age of seventeen. Her books for children and young adults include Blue Jasmine; Boys Without Names; and The Keeping Corner. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Carl Pearce lives in north Wales, and he enjoys watching films, reading books, and taking long walks along the beach with his camera. His books for children include The Silence Seeker and How to Save a Dragon.