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Dog Days for Dudley

Dog Days for Dudley

by Barbara A. Moe, Sylvie Wickstrom (Illustrator)

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-3-What's a second grader with a passion for canines to do when his Dad is dead set against them? Mr. Wolf, Chairman of the Board for the local zoo, loves exotic animals, and sees a need for city children to be exposed to them. But he thinks an ordinary dog at home is just too much trouble. When a stray wins his son Dudley's heart, the boy pleads with his father to change his mind. Eventually, after Dudley inadvertently helps him come up with a fundraising idea for the zoo and convinces him that he'll take full responsibility for the puppy's care, the man relents. Wickstrom's illustrations alternate between soft watercolors and black-line sketches. Her simple, yet expressive style adds just the right amount of detail to supplement the story. Eve Feldman's Dog Crazy (Tambourine, 1992), Mary Stolz's A Dog on Barkham Street (HarperCollins, 1960), and the final episode in Christine McDonnell's Toad Food & Measle Soup (Puffin, 1984) are all aimed at a bit older audience than Dog Days for Dudley. However, they're also more satisfying. In all, Moe's book is another adequate child/pet story-gratifying, yet not a necessary purchase.-Christina Dorr, Calcium Primary School, NY
Hazel Rochman
This lively chapter book focuses on one thing: Dudley wants a dog. In the classroom that's all he can write about; with his friends that's all he can talk about. At home Dudley says he feels lonely as an only child and wants a companion. But Dudley's dad--who is an important supervisor at the zoo--thinks puppies are too much trouble. The authoritative dad is a bit overdone, especially the paradox that he works with zoo animals but won't take on a puppy at home. But every kid who longs for a pet will sympathize with Dudley's maneuvers and manipulations to get the mutt he loves.

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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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1st ed
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5 Years

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