Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School

Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School


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When Ike Larue is "imprisoned" at the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy, he tries everything to get sent home--weepy letters to his owner, even illness. In reality, Brotweiler is more like camp than prison, but still, Ike's not cut out for life w/o Mrs. Larue & his creature comforts. Finally, he runs away only to find himself back in Snort City--just in time to save Mrs. Larue's life.Teague is at the top of his fetching form in this madcap comedy where the real world of Brotweiler & the one Ike imagines are brilliantly depicted thru split-screen visuals, the former in color & the latter in b&w.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439206631
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2002
Series: LaRue Books
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 54,249
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: 500L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Mark Teague is the award-winning children's book author and illustrator of his own bestselling Dear Mrs. LaRue series, as well as The Sky Is Falling, The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf, The Tree House That Jack Built by Bonnie Verburg, and many other humorous picture books. In addition to his prized art for the How Do Dinosaurs . . . series, his illustrated novel, The Doom Machine, received excellent reviews. Mark lives in the Hudson River Valley with his wife and their two daughters.

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Dear Mrs. LaRue 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book for kids of all ages I think any one who reads it will love it.
szanes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This hilarious book is fun for all ages. Make sure the illustrations are clearly visible, as they show so much of the dissonance between the dog's thinking and reality. Great for persuasive writing, voice and irony.
SJKessel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Teague, M. (2002). Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School. New York: Scholastic Press.0439206634Appetizer: Ike LaRue, a dog, has been sentenced to go to obedience school for two months after proving to be a bit of a trouble maker at home. Ike shares his worst daydreams about what is happening at the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy to Mrs. LaRue through the letters he writes home. Growing frustrated with his situation and Mrs. LaRue's refusal to help, Ike decides to attempt a daring escape.To balance and contrast Ike's letters, excerpts from newspapers are also included reporting on why Ike was imprisoned. This also draws out more parallels to positioning Ike as a criminal.Ike's imaginings of being taken to a scary school building, dragged off by prison guards, etc. are all shown in black and white and include humorous touches to prevent the imagery from becoming too upsetting or scary. Also, preventing the imagined events from being upsetting is the fact that the readers are shown--in bright colors--what Ike's real school experiences are like (let's just say pats on the head and doggie treats are not denied). Readers will like how imaginative Ike is.It's also worth noting that there are some difficult vocabulary words throughout the text--they're not only difficult for first and second graders, but for fourth and fifth graders as well. Terms like "melodramatic" and "hypochondriac" are included, which could become brief teaching moments. A teacher, on the second or third time sharing the book with students, could also explain the historical significance of "I like Ike."Dinner Conversation:"Dear Mrs. LaRue,How could you do this to me? This is a PRISON, not a school! You should see the other dogs. They are BAD DOGS, Mrs. LaRue! I do not fit in.""Day after day I'm forced to perform the most meaningless tasks. Today it was "sit" and "roll over," all day long.""Finally, I had to be taken to the vet. Dr. Wilfrey claims that he can't find anything wrong with me, but I am certain I have an awful disease. I must come home at once.Honestly yours,Ike""By the time you read this I will be gone. I have decided to attempt a daring escape. I'm sorry it has come to this, since I am really a very good dog, but frankly you left me no choice.""So I have decided to return home. You may try to lock me up again, but that is a risk I must take. And frankly, even more than myself, I worry about you. You may not know it, Mrs. LaRue, but you need a dog!"To Go with the Meal:This picturebook could also be used in a lesson on letter (or email!) writing. A teacher could go into how to open and close a letter. Plus, since there's a huge difference between Ike's black and white imaginings of what the obedience school is like and the sunny reality, a teacher could discuss the books in terms of it having an unreliable narrator. With younger students this will almost certainly turn to a discussion of trust and how wrong lying is.This would also be a great read for students nervous to go off to school or summer camp for the first time. And the idea of using Dear Mrs. LaRue for that purpose has special meaning for me. My first letters home to my parents from a girl scouts summer camp when I was 7 said something to the effect of "I hate it here. Come and get me now!!!!!!!" Clearly, I found Ike's experiences and voice to be relatable. I also like this picturebook because the story begins with a newspaper article about Ike's sentencing. From the wording and incidents described, the reader may conclude that Ike is a bad dog. But as the letters are being written, the reader is shown Ike's reasonings for his past and current actions.In terms of this book being about the experience of going to school, it shows the real teachers as supportive and encouraging even during assignments that Ike doesn't see the purpose of completing. But a student will understand why it's good for a dog to be able to sit. So, by extension, this can be
tmarks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ike LaRue is a misunderstood dog, incredibly loyal and brave he is being sent off to obedience school because he accidentally ripped Mrs. LaRue favorite coat. Read what happens to him at Brotweiler Academy.
perihan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mrs. LaRue sends his dog Ike to an obedience school. Ike hates it there and sends letters to Mr. LaRue with the hope of Mrs. LaRue coming and taking him to back home. Mrs. LaRue does not reply to his letters and Ike runs away from the obedience school. After wondering alone, he decides to come back home. His timing could not be better. He saves Mrs. LaRue¿s life, becomes a hero, and goes back home with Mrs. LaRue.
Brunra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun book in which a wire fox terrier, Ike La Rue, is sent to obedience school after ruining Mrs. La Rue's coat. Ike writes letters home detailing the horrible conditions at the school. Color pictures juxtapose reality with Ike's melodramatic descriptions. Fun, fun, fun.
irisdovie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a cute story. I enjoyed the sly sense of humor although my daughter who is almost seven did not really get the sense of humor at all and didn't even want to finish this story. I also enjoyed the irony. I would use this book in second or third grade to illustrate multiple points of view.
mrsarey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A funny story that shows letter writing. It is also good to teach character analysis.
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Nautigal More than 1 year ago
I asked our children's librarian if she had any more "sarcastic books full of big words, like the Ike Larue series", but oddly enough they don't categorize anything under "sarcasm" at the library. They should. Ike Larue is a sly, sarcastic, very melodramatic and hilarious dog, and we love him! He spins wild tale after wild tale about his misadventures and captures your heart. In this book, Ike is sent to obedience school and writes home with a harrowing story of hard discipline, prison food and mistreatment, eventually leading to his escape and difficult travels home. The second set of illustrations hints that perhaps the ritzy country club school was not quite as bad as Ike would have us believe. Brilliant writing pulls no punches and will greatly increase any child's vocabulary as the whole family reads this book over and over again. Mrs. Larue is lucky to have him, and you should have him too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a dog who goes to prison and he learns stuff about school,like math, reading & science. He also learned to eat with his paws. The dog he was so good that he got out of jail and ate his favorite food,chicken pie. I really liked this book because it was funny. I would recommend it to funny kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story is amazing and funny with black and white and color pictures. The story is about a dramatic dog who wrote notes to his owner from obedience school. There are creative pictures and characters, especially the last picture. The pictures looked so interesting that we would like to go there. The author has a good imagination. We really liked reading this story in class.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i was laughing so hard as i read this book to my child that it was almost impossible to read. a must read for all who share their life with a child and a pet!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ike is one very funny dog. His antics at obedience school are the dreams of every domesticated animal. Three cheers for Ike and his tenacity. What a relief it was when he arrived home just in time to save dear, old Mrs. LaRue! He's a GOOD DOG!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ike is hysterical. Even my 12 year old nephew found it very funny and memorable. It's inventive and entertaining. If your child doesn't read well yet, this book will make your job easier since the adults in my family loved reading it over and over. If you have a dog, you'll probably see him in the story.