The Puppy Sister

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Nick and his parents get more than they bargained for when their newly adopted puppy, Aleasha, decides she'll have more fun with her new "family" if she becomes human, too. So begins a laugh-out-loud adventure told from Aleasha's point of view, about her transformation from puppy to girl.

A young boy is astonished when his new puppy begins to change into a human girl who says to him, "I love you, brother!"

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Overview

Nick and his parents get more than they bargained for when their newly adopted puppy, Aleasha, decides she'll have more fun with her new "family" if she becomes human, too. So begins a laugh-out-loud adventure told from Aleasha's point of view, about her transformation from puppy to girl.

A young boy is astonished when his new puppy begins to change into a human girl who says to him, "I love you, brother!"

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a starred review, PW praised this "unique, consistently witty account of growing pains and family life," in which a puppy dreams of growing up to be a personand actually manages to do it. Ages 7-11. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Marla Frenzel
Aleasha the puppy joins her new family and loves to play with Mom, Dad, Nick and even Miss Kitty. She wants more, however, and wants to play human games with Nick and eat at the family table. Miss Kitty tells her she will never become a person, but Aleasha is not going to give up without trying. The family is in for surprises, and this fantasy shows what determination and perseverance can achieve. I found this book to be creepy, especially at first, but I read it to my eight-year-old daughter. She loved it and could not wait to get back to it each time we read some of it. I guess that is testimony enough to recommend this book for girls in that age group.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-3-A gifted author of books for YAs has written a story that is cautiously clever but painfully precious. Nick, from Big David, Little David (Doubleday, 1995), wants a little sister; his parents bring home a puppy instead. The story is told from the young dog's point of view as her desire to please her new family turns her into a little girl. Mom, Dad, and Nick take this in stride. They tell the neighbors they had to give up their puppy but are adopting a child instead. Aleasha is kept out of sight until the transformation is complete. There are a few close calls but not enough to create any real tension. Scientific tidbits about the difference between dogs and humans are interesting though not compelling. The effort to keep the text easy enough for beginning chapter book readers results in simplistic writing. The few black-and-white sketches are unremarkable. Too little conflict and character development result in a fantasy that falls flat.-Jody McCoy, Casady School, Oklahoma City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385320603
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2007

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    This book was really good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2000

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    Yes it was! The puppy sister is a happy story you will not forget! I read it when I was five and I still remember it very well. My favorite charactor is Aleasha, a determened little puppy who is trying to fufill her destoney. I would recomend this book to people who love happy endings and enjoy laughing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2000

    Puppy Sister is for Puppy Lovers of All Ages!!

    I loved Puppy Sister because it¿s a silly book. It¿s crazy because a boy named Nick got a puppy named Aleisha, and Aleisha turned into a little girl. One of the funny things that happened in the book was that while Aleisha was changing into a little girl, she looked like half dog, half girl. I recommend this book for puppy lovers of all ages.

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