Rosco the rascally German shepherd has never seen snow before. Now he'll get the chance to romp around in a snow-covered world high in the mountains. But trouble seems to find Rosco wherever he goes. Will his curious nature spoil the weekend for James and Mandy, or will it save the day?
This second adventure in the Rosco the Rascal series will keep readers guessing from the start. Fifth grader James and his second grade sister, Mandy, are building snowmen and sled riding down steep hills, enjoying the fresh powder created by an overnight blizzard on their wintry family vacation. Amidst the fun, they don’t realize that a coyote pup, lost and frightened, has been poking around their cabin in the snow, although they’ve uncovered perplexing clues. It’s Rosco, with his powerful canine senses, who discovers the identity of the wild creature first, but he can’t communicate it to his human pals, so he sets out on his own to make things right.
When the kids finally unravel the mystery, it’s almost too late to rescue the poor creature, which has become caught in a hunter’s trap. It’s up to brother and sister to use their wits in a sticky situation, yet trust their rascal-turned-hero dog to help. But will they be able to free the pup and still make it out alive, themselves?
This action-packed story works well as a winter read-aloud for educators and parents, alike, with many teachable moments that lend themselves to discussion. Black and white interior illustrations add interest for even the youngest of readers. Realistic characters and detailed descriptions put the reader squarely in the center of the book’s mountain top setting, and take the reader on a lively, contemporary, heart-pounding journey.
All books in the series are standalone and can be read in any order. Fans of The Magic Tree House series will love this brother and sister pair, and fans of classic, heroic dogs - from Lassie to Beethoven - will love Rosco.
*Recommended for children ages 6-10
*Grade level K-5th
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Table of Contents
1. What’s That?
2. Cabin in the Woods
3. A Blizzard?
4. All That Snow
5. Bacon and Waffles
6. Snow Dog
8. A Huff and a Howl
9. The Snowman
10. Guilty Party
11. Let’s Go Sledding
12. Flying Saucer
13. No Going Back
14. Carried Away
15. Don’t Move
16. Nearly Speechless
17. Snowball Fight
Note: Never approach animals in the wild! They can be very dangerous. This is a story of fiction and children should always stay away from wild animals.
About The Author & Illustrators
Shana Gorian, originally from western Pennsylvania, lives in Southern California with her husband and two children, and the real Rosco, their German shepherd. She and her family visit the mountains every winter in search of the perfect sledding hill.
Ros Webb is an artist based in Ireland. She has produced a multitude of work for books, digital books and websites. Samples of her art can be seen on https://www.facebook.com/TheChildrensBookIllustrator/.
Josh Addessi is a quirky illustrator and animation professor based in Northwest Indiana. He has digitally painted all manner of book covers, stage backdrops and trading cards. Samples of his art can be seen at http://joshaddessi.blogspot.com/
Victoria March is an illustrator and 3D sculptor. She aied in painting this book cover. Samples of her art can be seen at https://www.artstation.com/artist/victoriamarch
The real Rosco is every bit as loveable and rascally as the fictional Rosco. He loves to catch snowballs in his mouth, too.