STAY! by Alex Latimer


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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What if your dog just won’t?

Ben believes his buddy Buster is the best dog in the world—but Ben’s parents aren’t so sure. While he may be affectionate and enthusiastic, Buster also has a talent for making messes and getting a bit…overexcited, so he will be staying with Grampa instead of accompanying the family on vacation. How will Grampa know how to take care of Buster, though? At Mum’s suggestion, Ben writes notes, draws pictures, and sends many postcards to help Grampa out. Cartoon illustrations just as energetic as Buster himself show the pup as he froths and frolics, depicting both Ben’s love for his pup and Grampa’s consternation, while speech bubbles, notes, diagrams, and postcards add to the fun. Unfortunately, Ben initially forgets to communicate the most important rule: “Never take Buster to the post office! He knows that’s where mailmen come from.” Ben’s warning arrives too late, and after an unsuspecting Grampa takes Buster to pick up a package, Buster is banned from the post office forever. Can anything be done? Grampa decides to take matters into his own hands, and he just may have another way to help out.

Kid-friendly and full of action and gentle suspense, this selection will be a favorite of dog lovers and reluctant readers alike—and it comes with value-added dog-training tips. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-56145-884-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Peachtree
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2015


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