I Live In A Doghouse

I Live In A Doghouse

by Beverly Stowe McClure

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BN ID: 2940046404043
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Publication date: 01/06/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 233 KB
Age Range: 5 - 11 Years

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I Live In A Doghouse 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Samantha Gregory for Readers' Favorite I Live in a Doghouse by Beverly Stowe McClure is about a young boy called Nick who is struggling to adjust to his new family dynamic. His mother has remarried and, on top of a snotty step sister called Grace, Nick has also gained a new baby half sister called Lily. With his world turned upside down, Nick escapes to the dog house belonging to his Labrador, Accident, as often as he can to avoid helping his mom with his little sister. Faced with a summer of listening to Grace call him names and being stuck with babysitting duties while his mother works at her catering business, Nick just wants to escape. He wishes his father would come back and claim him, but as time goes on he realizes what he has isn't so bad. Beverly Stowe McClure has a wonderful writing style and I enjoyed I Live in a Doghouse. Nick was portrayed well and the way he talks and acts sounds like an eleven-year-old. I think that kids of this age can relate to him and it doesn't sound forced or unrealistic. I feel that despite there being a boy in the lead role, it can be enjoyed by boys and girls. I would have happily read this book at that age. It would also be a good book for any child who has an extended family. It's not an easy thing, and living with new siblings can be hard. I think this book could be a comfort to them, as well as being highly entertaining.
Anonymous 6 days ago
Nick yearns for his dad to take him away from his new family. Traci can be difficult for Nick to live with being how bossy she is, but she too has had her share of struggles with not only losing her mom but also having to deal with her own part of the dynamics of a blended family. Nick’s half-sister, Lily is 18 months old, cute but can be a handful at times for Nick. Though Nick deals with the pangs of this crucial change in his life, he learns to glean the good out of it. This is about dealing with alterations, adapting to love those whom you wouldn’t have thought you could and grow strong through adversity. Beverly McClure has done a wonderful job in putting together a story that is interesting, at times comical, at times sad and altogether a weaved a theme into the pages meant to help those having hard times themselves. It teaches; take life with a grain of salt, and try and find something good in everything even the trials of life. This is a well-written story for children, and adults will definitely enjoy it as well. Great to read together with a child that is experiencing similar circumstances.
Literary_Classics_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I Live in a Doghouse, by Beverly Stowe McClure, is the story of Nick, his dog who is named Accident, and the blended family with whom they live. Things were mostly fine when it was just Nick, his mom and their four-legged friend.  But now he has to share a home with a bossy step-sister, Grace (who is allergic to Accident), a step-dad, and a new baby sister. To make matters worse, he's always being asked to babysit. When Nick wants to escape, mostly to avoid babysitting, he hides out in the doghouse with Accident, who has been banished from the house due to Grace's allergies. On the surface this book is a light-hearted read with lots fun and comical events taking place.  The overall story provides greater depth with interesting and well developed characters, and a back-story which gives this book true substance.  As the book progresses, it takes on a more serious tone, while maintaining a whimsical vein.  I Live in a Doghouse is an excellent book that will appeal to young readers, especially those with a blended family experience.  This book comes highly recommended for school and home libraries.