Twinky the Dinky Dog

Twinky the Dinky Dog

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by Kate Klimo, Michael Fleming
     
 

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The world treats Twinky like a dinky dog. The only problem is that Twinky doesn't feel dinky. What can a little dog do to prove the age-old adage that size doesn't matter? With engaging characters, easy-to-follow plots, and popular topics, Twinky The Dinky Dog is an ideal Step 3 reader for children who are ready to begin reading on their own.

"Kids will cheer

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The world treats Twinky like a dinky dog. The only problem is that Twinky doesn't feel dinky. What can a little dog do to prove the age-old adage that size doesn't matter? With engaging characters, easy-to-follow plots, and popular topics, Twinky The Dinky Dog is an ideal Step 3 reader for children who are ready to begin reading on their own.

"Kids will cheer." - Kirkus Reviews

"Ideal for those newly comfortable with reading solo." - Booklist

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
Part of the “Step Into Reading” series, this story is about a little dog who wanted to be seen as a big dog. Twinky the dog is cute and mischievous, but never gets the chance to have the experiences the bigger dogs in his neighborhood have because his owner insists on carrying him around in her purse and putting him in silly sweaters. One day Twinky manages to escape his house and runs to the dog park in hopes of getting the big dogs to take him seriously. Although they consider him “dinky,” they agree to teach him big dog moves, and their instruction comes in handy one stormy night when a robber comes to his owner’s house. Twinky is able to put his new abilities to the test. This is a very cute book for young dog lovers and one that will certainly support their fluency and self-confidence as readers. This is a Step 3 book, defined by the publisher as a “Reading on Your Own” book recommended for grades 1 through 3. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.; Ages 5 to 8.
Kirkus Reviews
A petite, pampered pooch learns how to run with the big dogs in this funny early reader that will resonate with any kids who might long for a less protected, more exciting environment. Twinky, a diminutive Boston terrier, is completely coddled by his overprotective owner. She sends him to charm school and carries him in her purse. She dresses him in sweaters and "made him go potty on a wee-wee pad. That was the worst!" Klimo cleverly uses repetition of all these pampered-pet features as a humorous device that also reinforces those terms for new readers. When Twinky escapes to the dog park to play with larger, more experienced dogs, he learns "big-dog moves" like "struts and growls and snarls and scowls." This comes in handy later that night, when Twinky must defend his home from a burglar. Twinky's heroics are recounted in a newspaper story, and he is allowed to act like a normal dog with his new pals. Snappy, computer-generated illustrations provide a contemporary flair for Twinky's adventures, with stylized, angular shapes for the dogs and a muted palette of sophisticated shades. Kids will cheer as the little guy breaks free from mom's apron strings--go, Twinky! (Early reader. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375971228
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/28/2013
Series:
Step into Reading Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

KATE KLIMO is the author of the hit middle-grade series Dragon Keepers and the new YA trilogy, Centauriad. She lives in New Paltz, NY, with her husband and two horses, Fancy and Harry.

MICHAEL FLEMING is making his publishing debut as the illustrator of Twinky The Dinky Dog. He has been drawing fantastic scenes on various surfaces since the age of three. His colorful work blends a love of nature and monsters with a dash of the mischievous. He has worked with Lucasfilm, Google, American Greetings, and many more.
He lives on the mysterious island of Alameda with his wife, two cats, and two dogs.

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Twinky the Dinky Dog 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get this dinkyish book great for 6th graders... so funny! Ha Ha Ha Stinky Dinky