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"The Trouble with Dogs..." Said Dad

by Bob Graham
     
 

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The much-anticipated sequel to the BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Award winner "LET'S GET A PUP!" SAID KATE

Call in the dog trainer! Don’t-Care Dave, the high-energy destructive dynamo, is definitely out of control. But when the Brigadier turns up to teach this pup a few things, Dave is not the only one who learns something new. In a hugely

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The much-anticipated sequel to the BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Award winner "LET'S GET A PUP!" SAID KATE

Call in the dog trainer! Don’t-Care Dave, the high-energy destructive dynamo, is definitely out of control. But when the Brigadier turns up to teach this pup a few things, Dave is not the only one who learns something new. In a hugely satisfying sequel to the award-winning "LET'S GET A PUP!" SAID KATE, Bob Graham creates a funny, warmhearted story to remind us that when it comes to dogs — and their humans — it’s affection and trust, loyalty and love (and of course those silky soft ears) that really matter.

Editorial Reviews

Elizabeth Ward
The Dog Whisperer might disapprove, but kids—who tend to rate affection above discipline and enforced exercise—will cheer for this sequel to "Let's Get a Pup!" Said Kate (2001).
—The Washington Post
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
The jolly family we met in "Let's Get a Pup!" Said Kate returns and we see them dealing with Rosy and Dave, the dogs they have brought home from the Rescue Center. Rosy basks in their love and admiration, but Dave is another story. His uncontrolled exuberance causes no end of problems. The family decides to call in Pup Breakers to train him. The Brigadier arrives with his orders to be obeyed. Dave goes through the training routine with the leash, learning to sit, trot, stay, and come. After that Dave is so subdued that he has lost his sparkle. When the Brigadier returns, the family tells him that they feel he should be polite to their dogs instead. Somehow they get him to understand and agree. And the family, with a rejuvenated Dave, finds happy togetherness. Graham's lively ink lines and touches of watercolors make us smile as we watch Dave expend boundless energy while Rosy rests and the family tries to cope. The Brigadier, with uniform and gray mustache, is a commanding, intimidating figure in contrast to the humane family; his conversion is amazing. We end up caring about these folks.
Kirkus Reviews
A tiny, unruly puppy named Dave is the focal character in this follow-up to "Let's Get a Pup!" Said Kate (2001). In that story, Kate and her parents adopted two dogs from a shelter: little Dave and a big, elderly female named Rosy. In the sequel, Dave has been misbehaving for months, so the family calls in a strict dog trainer known as the Brigadier. His loud and strict (but not cruel) methods cause Dave to lose his boisterous spirit and behave submissively. Kate concludes that Dave doesn't like shouting and should be treated politely rather than disciplined. The family and the trainer abruptly reverse themselves and give in to Dave's misbehavior, allowing him to eat from the trainer's plate at the table. The final page shows the two dogs sprawled out on the best seats in the house with their owners doting on them. Graham's loose, cartoon-style illustrations in watercolor and ink are full of motion and humorous details (including a mom with a tattoo and a nose ring), and Dave the puppy is appealing-if not well-mannered. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763649739
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Bob Graham is the author-illustrator of many beloved books for children, including "LET'S GET A PUP!" SAID KATE; JETHRO BYRD, FAIRY CHILD; DIMITY DUMPTY: THE STORY OF HUMPTY'S LITTLE SISTER; and OSCAR'S HALF BIRTHDAY, which, in a starred review, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL called "an effortlessly multicultural story, full of the joy of childhood, family, and community." Bob Graham lives in Australia.

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