Dog Aliens 1: Raffle's Name

Dog Aliens 1: Raffle's Name

by Cherise Kelley

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BN ID: 2940152167160
Publisher: Cherise Kelley
Publication date: 11/07/2012
Series: Dog Aliens , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 975,529
File size: 288 KB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Cherise Kelley grew up in a family of teachers. Her father, Ronald Morris, taught social studies and history for 30 years at Arcadia High School in Southern California. Her mother is a registered nurse who teaches parents about the special needs of their premature infants. Her sister, Kristine Morris White, is a grand prix level dressage horse trainer.

Mrs. Kelley became a teacher herself in 1991 through a "fifth year" of study at San Francisco State University, after earning her bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley. She has taught English at the college, high school, and middle school level, but prefers to substitute so that she has time for her writing.

Cherise lives near Spokane, Washington with her husband and two dogs named Raffle and Oreo, who inspired her Dog Aliens books.

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Dog Aliens 1 Raffle's Name 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given the opportunity to review this book for free in anticipation of the release of the second book. As a dog lover, I was intrigued by the title and couldn’t pass it up. The author Cherise Kelly was very imaginative in allowing the story to be written completely from inside of the dog’s mind. You are introduced to Clem, the dog whose mind you will be a passenger of for the remainder of the story. Clem is a reincarnated alien dog from outer space. He is on his 99th life and is a 6 month old puppy. He is from the planet Kax and there is an interesting back story. Clem has a bit of a rough start in this life and find himself in possession of some abnormal abilities. There are distinguishing alien races between the large and small dogs and the inability to effectively communicate with cats. This was a fun and light read and I could relate to many of the dog/cat interactions. The Kaxians (alien dogs from Kax) have come to Earth to spend their lives mining Jax. Jax is also needed for the Niques (the small dog breeds). This results in them being at odds with one another. The cons for me: What in the heck is Jax? Having no idea what this was or what it would do for the Kaxians was really annoying. All you know when reading is that it is very important and their life’s work but by the end of the story you are none the wiser. There was a bit of jumping around in the story without cohesive flow between ideas. The wolves for example are telling a story and then it shifts back to Clem and later back to the wolves and to an almost exact same dialogue. As I was reading on my kinlde I had to shift back and forth a couple of times to be sure that I was actually reading a new passage and not getting shifted back to an earlier part within the story. There were too many loose ends at the end of the story and things to wonder about. It didn’t feel like anything really got resolved by the end of the story. It was apparent that another story would follow, but it shouldn’t involve every single issue from the first book (in my humble opinion). Give your reader a tiny bit of relief or you will lose them. Pros: Very imaginative. Quick and easy to read, very good for a light read. If you are an animal owner (especially dog or cat) you should be able to see something of your own pet within these characters. There is now a sequel so that hopefully some of the unanswered questions will bear fruition within the second installment. It is very fun to read from inside the mind of an alien dog. All in all I recommend it for a filler book, I give it 3/5 starts. It doesn’t have a lot of re-readability but the story is intriguing enough to want to continue on with the series.
VydorScope More than 1 year ago
Great clean and fun story for children middle grade and up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great easy read for children as well as adults. I think the kids would enjoy reading it as well as being read too. The story line is wonderful with dogs being here on Earth as aliens. It also teaches that there are different kinds of people in the world that have dogs. I really love the hilarious moments with Raffles implanting thoughts in humans and other animals (the chickens, mice and pigeons). Can't wait for more. I got this e-book from the author for review. Cricket 2014
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good light-hearted read. One easily shared with children.
HardSiFi More than 1 year ago
Cute dog story! I enjoyed it. The repetitious use of "who cares about them anyway" is even cute when read to a small child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definately for the younger reader Not my type =Kelli
MRCROCCO More than 1 year ago
Dog adventures and space aliens create fun topics for stories - so what could be more fun than dog aliens from space. Children in families with dogs will enjoy reading about the double life of the dogs in Dog Aliens 1: Raffle’s Name. And children without dogs will be sure to beg their parents to bring them to the nearest animal shelter to adopt a dog. The story is packed with plenty of humor for a 4th grader to appreciate. And the chapters are perfect in length to keep the young reader engaged. The dialogue among the dogs at the pound may spark the interest of children for a desire to become involved in their neighborhood pound. They can have fun imagining if dogs everywhere think and talk like they do in Dog Aliens 1: Raffle’s Name.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was kind of disappointed with this. Not as humorous as I was hoping from the premise. It was geared more for a younger audience and might be ok for them, but an older audience might not be impressed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an okay book. Some of the descriptions of dog behavior seemed right on the nose. But i had trouble staying interested in the whole book.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Samantha Gregory for Readers' Favorite Dog Aliens 1: Raffle's Name by Cherise Kelley is the story of dogs, which are actually aliens called Kaxians who like to dig tunnels and use the dirt to power their ships. They are hounded by the Niques that look like Chihuahuas, but are also aliens. They can breed with wolves, which are similar to their own species, and this was the reason why they chose to come to Earth. Clem is the main character in the story, a puppy who lives with humans, near their dig site. But Clem breaks the rules too many times and his humans take him out into the middle of nowhere and leave him. Left out on his own, Clem has to make his own way now that he does not have humans to rely on. Cherise Kelley has written a strange yet entertaining story with Dog Aliens 1: Raffle's Name. I think that kids around 8-12 will find it entertaining. The story might have been a little complex for the younger end, but they will like the animals in the story. The idea that the Kaxians live multiple lives may be a hard concept for a child to grasp. It borders on reincarnation. It is sort of at a halfway point between being a book for a child and a book for a young adult. The story is still good though, the characters are memorable and engaging, and I think it will do quite well on the market.
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Good read loved it
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I cannot wait to read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah cannot wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!