Upchuck and the Rotten Willy

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Chuck's a cat with a great life--until Katie goes away to college and his best friend moves. Left all alone, Chuck starts to venture farther and farther into the neighborhood and one fateful night finds himself face-to-face with a beast as big and black as death. His name is Rotten Willy--and he's a dog with a heart of gold.
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Chuck's a cat with a great life--until Katie goes away to college and his best friend moves. Left all alone, Chuck starts to venture farther and farther into the neighborhood and one fateful night finds himself face-to-face with a beast as big and black as death. His name is Rotten Willy--and he's a dog with a heart of gold.
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School Library Journal
Gr 3-6Chuck the cat has a fairly routine life. His person, Katie, treats him well, and he spends his days with his best friend, Tom the cat, taunting dogs. Chuck's life is unsettled by the death of his alleycat friend, Louie, who is hit by a car. It is further disrupted when Katie goes off to a place called "college," and again when Tom moves away. The lonely Chuck finds a new friend in a rottweiler whom Tom has maliciously named "Rotten Willy." Willy's person is also away at school, so the cat and dog discover that despite their differences, they have much in common. Told through the eyes of Chuck, the story has a chatty tone, but it gets off to a slow start, and the conclusion is predictable, particularly because of the cover artwork. Despite Chuck's amusing observations of people and other animals, the book lacks the strength of Russell Erickson's A Toad for Tuesday (Lothrop, 1974), which is better written and more aptly portrays an unlikely friendship between two dissimilar creatures.Lucy Rafael, The Center for Early Education, West Hollywood, CA
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From Wallace (True Friends, 1994, etc.), a tale of interspecies friendship. Chuck the cat is lonely. His best friend, Tom, has moved away with his owners; another friend, Louie, was killed by a car; and Chuck's owner has gone off to college. Trapped on a tree branch for two days and nights by the poodles who moved into Tom's house, he is rescued by a kind-hearted rottweiler, Willy, who feeds and warms him before sending him back home. This tale, warmed by the patience of Willy, who perseveres in the face of feline prejudice, is told completely from the animals' perspective: They understand human language but can't read it or speak it. With the exception of Willy, it is not a particularly nice world; cats torment dogs, dogs—in turn—attempt to do cats in, cars come out of the ether to crumple the unwary, grudges hold, humans behave in inexplicable ways, and loneliness is bitter. As it should, friendship overcomes all; despite the unnecessarily pandering title, the book has a gentle message that comes through without treacle. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 8-12)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780606167376
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999

Meet the Author

Bill Wallace grew up in Oklahoma. Along with riding their horses, he and his friends enjoyed campouts and fishing trips. Toasting marshmallows, telling ghost stories to scare one another, and catching fish was always fun.
One of the most memorable trips took place on the far side of Lake Lawtonka, at the base of Mt. Scott. He and his best friend, Gary, spent the day shooting shad with bow and arrows, cutting bank poles, and getting ready to go when their dads got home from work.
Although there was no "monster" in Lake Lawtonka, one night there was a "sneak attack" by a rather large catfish tail. Checking the bank poles was not nearly as fun or "free" after that point, but it was the inspiration for this story.
Bill Wallace has won nineteen children's state awards and been awarded the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award for Children's Literature from the Oklahoma Center for the Book.

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    I absolutely love this book, and so did my students. It has som

    I absolutely love this book, and so did my students. It has some great lessons on friendship. There is lots of dialogue that is really fun to read out loud. This book and its two sequels are my students' favorite books year after year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008

    the best book ever

    This was the best book ever!It is about a cat named Chuck he living a great life until his friend Louie got smushed by a car!And then his other friend moved.He needed some friends then he fell over the fence onto Willys yard.Willys a rottwiller he's nice but Chuck always thinks he's tricking him but he never is.One day Chuck gets stuck in a tree surrownded by mean poodles they never took their eye off him.Then he falls into Willys yard but Willy just plops him in his water bowl fof a drink then carried him to the food bowl for some food then into his doghouse.Chuck tried to run for it but Willy blocked the doorway!He said Chuck would never make it throuh the cold snow and rain cold as ice.He would have been right.He saved his life.And they became friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2006

    This book is awsome!

    This is so awsome and cool!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2004

    Good Dog/Cat story for Young Readers

    This book is about a cat and dog becoming best friends. It is good, but a little too short.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2003

    A friendship of a cat and dog

    I like Upchuck and Rotten Willy because it has cats and dogs that are funny and friendly. They became friends because they needed food and got it from Lugie¿s restaurant. It was funny when the spaghetti got on their faces and paws This book should be read by kids who like to imagine cats and dogs getting along. This a really great book to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2003

    Short and Sweet

    defintly a favoirte of Bill's books. A laugh out loud comidy, full of suprise, greif, and suspition. i loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2002

    prefect

    This book was funny yet adventerous.Had many chareters both human and animal.I liked the thought of dogs and cats getting along.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2002

    A Great Book

    The book is about a cat who get left with no friends because they all went away, until he found a dog he never thought he could be friends with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2002

    Can Chuck Find a Friend

    This book is about a cat who can't find another cat to be a friend with. His two best friends Louie and Tom were gone. Louie got smushed by a car and Tom moved away. So Chuck was lonely. So can Chuck find a friend? Read the book and find out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2002

    My new favorite book!

    This is a great book about a cat named Chuck who's friend Louie dies and other friend Tom moves away. Chuck is left lonely until he falls into a giant dog's yard! When The dog save's Chuck's life they become friend's and have some wild time's! I like this book because it's an exciting book about animal's and also mixes in some funny part's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2000

    Can cats and dogs really be friends?

    This is a story about how a cat and a dog can be friends. Upchuck is the cat and Rotten Willy is the dog. When Upchuck¿s friend moves away and his Katie goes to some place called College, he becomes lonely. So the only one to play with is Rotten Willy, a Rottweiler, ¿As big as a car and as black as death itself,¿ but can he trust him to be his friend and not another stupid dog wanting to bite off his head and eat him for lunch? If you want to find out, then you will have to read the book! It warmed my heart, and made me laugh. If you like books about animals and like to laugh, then this book is for you! Heather Harger, age 10

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2000

    Reveiew on upchuck and they rotten willy

    I'v read the book and hilly rekamed it because it has a tuchin stoy to it and has some good lessens to it.

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