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COOL DOG, SCHOOL DOG by Deborah Heiligman


by Deborah Heiligman and illustrated by Tim Bowers

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7614-5561-5
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

Tinka the dog returns for a romp through school that starts badly but ends well (Fun Dog, Sun Dog, 2005). Depressed at having to say goodbye to her boy at the bus, she makes a break for it and follows him to school, with predictably chaotic results. But while she’s waiting to be taken back home, the kids decide to read to her—starting her on a second career as a reading buddy. Heiligman’s tale is well-timed to ride the wave of “Reading with Rover” programs in schools and libraries, and her infectious rhymes (“Tinka is a bad dog, / a sad dog, / a makes-our-teacher-mad dog!”) pair well with Bowers’s goofy, energetic illustrations to make this gentle piece of propaganda go down easy. (Picture book. 4-8)