A dog with a plan adopts a chaotic family in a wry comedy extolling the virtues of common sense.
When Ma Peachey takes up yoga, the rest of the family finds themselves abandoned to chaos: no one cooks dinner, no one picks up the dirty laundry, the children are always late for school, and there is a good deal of squabbling and squalor. Ma may be off finding inner peace, but irritable Pa Peachey, glum Ava, and wannabe girl-charmer Ollie are falling apart. Only Betty, the sensible youngest child, is wise enough to see that this family is in need of rescue. Enter McTavish, a rescue dog who, true to his mission, is ready to teach this family some new tricks. Getting the Peacheys to behave will take work, but if anyone can do it, McTavish can. After all, he’s a very good dog — maybe even a psychological mastermind!
About the Author
Meg Rosoff is the author of numerous novels for adults, young adults, and children, including How I Live Now and Jonathan Unleashed, and the coauthor of Beck. She is the winner of the 2016 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Michael L. Printz Award, and the Carnegie Medal. Meg Rosoff lives in London.
Grace Easton is a freelance illustrator who spends her days drawing, painting, and telling stories with pictures. This is her first book. Born and raised in England, she now lives in Minneapolis.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read this with my 8 and 11 year old and we all loved it! Such a cute story about a dog that adopts a family that is in the middle of a bit of a crisis. Ma Peachey has decided to give up mothering. She no longer wants the thankless job of cooking, cleaning and reminding the family of all they need to do and is instead going to meditate and perfect her yoga skills (a woman after my own heart). Thankfully, McTavish comes along to save the day.. Ideal for ages 6-12.
What attracted me to this book originally was the name of the dog (McTavish). McTavish was the name of my nanny's dog that was a rescue but the dog was on the grumpy side and had many health problems so it was a refreshing treat that the dog in this story saved the family from chaos and the Peaches did not only rescue McTavish but McTavish rescued them. All thanks to the youngest daughter! I am also the youngest in my family and this concurs that the youngest child in certain areas can definitely be the wisest. This book gave me an opportunity to stroll down memory lane and that made it all enjoyable. I know that readers in some way will have that experience too. We will consider adding this title to our JFiction collection in our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.