Always In Trouble

Always In Trouble


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Emma tries to teach her dog,Toby, to be good, but no matter what day of the week it is, he is always in trouble!

"Emma's dog, Toby, was always in trouble.
On Monday he got into the garbage.
On Tuesday he ran into the road.
On Wednesday he ate a loaf of bread that Emma's dad had just baked."
No matter what day of the week it is, Toby's up to no good. His owner, Emma, doesn't know what to do! So she takes him to dog training school, where Ms. Katz teaches him everything a dog needs to know. By week's end, Toby has learned some surprising new tricks, leaving no doubt as to why he is top dog in Emma's eyes!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545024532
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD540L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Corinne Demas is the award-winning author of numerous books for children and adults, including THE LITTLEST MATRYOSHKA, ALWAYS IN TROUBLE, PIRATES GO TO SCHOOL, and SAYING GOODBYE TO LULU. She is a professor of English at Mount Holyoke College and lives with her family in Western Massachusetts. Her website is

Noah Z. Jones is an author, illustrator, and animator who creates all sorts of zany and memorable characters. He has illustrated numerous books for children, including ALWAYS IN TROUBLE, NOT NORMAN, and THOSE SHOES. To see more of his work, swing by his website,

Customer Reviews

Always In Trouble 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
KirstyHaining More than 1 year ago
As the owner of an elderly dog, I laughed my way through this delightful story. Thoroughly charming, and highly recommended. If you don't have a child or a dog-lover to give this to, then simply get it for yourself!
cassielanzas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Always in Trouble is a delightful tale about a misunderstood young dog named Toby. Toby is always doing something to get into trouble. His family takes him to obedience school where he learns to do all of the typical dog tricks. He still misbehaves. His family takes him back to dog school where he learns how to do a few chores around the house. For example, instead of eating bread, he bakes the bread. At the end, he is still not a perfect dog.I really enjoyed this book. I believe that much of children's and students' misbehavior is due to a lack of understand or an ability to complete the skill. I thought this book was a subtle and cute way to start this conversation with a child. This book could be used in read around or an individual read. It could also be used as a way for students and children to talk about ways their behavior may be misunderstood.
julieah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Toby the dog is always in trouble. Whether he¿s eating food that he is not supposed to, chewing on clothes and being disobedient, Toby is always getting into trouble. Emma, his owner decides it is time to take him to dog obedience school where he will hopefully return a well-behaved dog. Readers wonder if Toby will come back obedient or as the same troublesome dog. This picture book would be great in a younger elementary classroom (up to grade 3). It emphasizes the need to behave, but also emphasizes that even if you misbehave you will still be loved, which is important for young children to understand. This book would be a good introduction to a class discussion about the expected behavior in the classroom, and with the fun illustrations and entertaining scenarios, students will fully be entertained.
katieginn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very cute childrens picture book about a little dog that seems to always be in trouble. Very relatiable to young children. Anyone who has ever had a dog who wasn't alwyas perfect will love this story and smile. The illustrations are delightful.
juju1220 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read especially for the owners of dogs. I enjoyed the story about the family dog that is always finding away to get in trouble from getting in the garbage, chewing up clothing and urinating on the carpet. Classic qualities of a bad pet. The illustrations along with the fun day by day encounters make this a Hilarious story that ends with love and respect from the pet family!
shomskie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An extremely cute tale of a little dog who finds little ways to get himself in trouble. His owners send him to obidence school where he learns to behave appropriately. Kids will learn the valuable lesson that everyone makes mistakes, but it is important to learn from those mistakes to keep yourself safe and out of trouble.
chelsiking on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for dog lovers! Emma has a dog that she loves but he always seems to find himself getting into some kind of trouble. Finally, he gets some training classes & becomes the best dog ever! This book makes dog lovers realize why they truly love their pets, through good & bad!
dreamer2000 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nice pictures I am glad that my dogs listen better then that. I like how they made him take a day off from being bad.
kikione on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Emma's dog, Toby, is always getting into trouble...doing what dogs do. They try to train him by giving him attention. That doesn't work. They send him to training school. That helps a little, but it doesn't last. They send him to the teacher for an extra week of training. That definitely helps, but look out for the surprise ending. Dogs will be dogs!A great way to have kids look at nature and characteristics of animals. Even with training, can we overcome our inbred nature?
reader72 More than 1 year ago
My kids loved this book. I have given it as a gift for friends with kids & dogs, as well as purchased a copy for my son's classroom and everyone has loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son is always getting into trouble.. like the dog in this book. I bought this book to try and show my son that he is not the only one who gets into trouble but he can also change like the dog (and still be himself at times too). The book is pretty good.. of course it a bit silly but I like that when dealing with kids books. The book provides some good discussion topics as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fun from start to finish. I'd give it 5 woofs!