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Alone in His Teacher's House (Marvin Redpost Series #4)
     

Alone in His Teacher's House (Marvin Redpost Series #4)

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by Louis Sachar, Barbara Sullivan
 

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...when Mrs. North asks him to dog-sit for a week. He gets $3 a day, plus a $4 bonus if nothing goes wrong. And he gets to be alone in Mrs. North's house! But pretty soon it starts to look as if Marvin won't be getting his bonus. Maybe he's not so lucky after all...

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...when Mrs. North asks him to dog-sit for a week. He gets $3 a day, plus a $4 bonus if nothing goes wrong. And he gets to be alone in Mrs. North's house! But pretty soon it starts to look as if Marvin won't be getting his bonus. Maybe he's not so lucky after all...

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Marvin Redpost's third-grade teacher is leaving town for a week and she asks him to care for her beloved dog Waldo. Marvin's friends are a little jealous and want to sneak into the teacher's house, but Marvin takes his responsibility seriously. Then his troubles begin - the substitute keeps picking on him and Waldo becomes ill. Will his teacher be angry when she returns? Elementary school children will identify with Marvin and his dilemma.
Hazel Rochman
The latest easy chapter book about Marvin starts off with the usual hilarious comedy. Marvin's teacher asks him to care for her aging dog, Waldo, while she's away for a week, and she gives Marvin the key to her house. First, there's the shock of seeing his teacher with a life outside the classroom ("Mrs. North was almost like a real person"). All his classmates envy him. He tries to act mature and responsible, not allowing his friends in Mrs. North's house, walking Waldo, coaxing Waldo to eat, even eating the dog food himself to make sure it's all right. But Waldo won't eat, and the story takes a surprising turn when the dog dies. Marvin must cope with his feelings of guilt and sadness and with his isolation as the kids at school and the substitute teacher turn on him. The farcical cover showing an embarrassed Marvin in his teacher's clothes closet is totally misleading. However, readers will relate to the tension and reversal in the story. They'll recognize Marvin's feelings, both the humor of having to confront your teacher as a person and the sorrow at the death of a beloved pet.
From the Publisher
This title will lure the most reluctant readers, who will be as glad to make Marvin's acquaintance as his old fans will be to greet a new adventure."--Bulletin, Center for Children's Books.  

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780780741331
Publisher:
Random House Childrens Books
Publication date:
09/01/1994
Series:
Marvin Redpost Series , #4
Pages:
83
Sales rank:
905,020
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

To research this book, Louis Sachar actually tasted dog food. “It’s just the way I described it in the book,” says Louis. “Like cereal. But kind of gritty.”

Louis Sachar is the bestselling author of the award-winning novel Holes, as well as Small Steps, The Cardturner, Stanley Yelnats’ Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake, There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, The Boy Who Lost His Face, Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes, and the rest of the Marvin Redpost series, among many others. Visit him at louissachar.com.

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