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Age Range: 4 - 7
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It happens often enough: Your best intentions are misinterpreted, or go awry, and you get nothing but grief for your trouble, nothing but trouble for your acts of kindness. So goes this story of Miles, the family dog, who is forever finding himself in the doghouse when his goodness gets unintentionally subverted. Miles and his (human) family are on vacation at the seashore. He couldn't be happier as he rides the waves, digs the moat for the children's sandcastle, tests the food, and generally behaves as intelligently as Peggy Rathmann's pooch in Officer Buckle and Gloria (1995). Then he tests a little too much food and incurs the wrath of some neighboring beach-goers. Well, okay, a mistake is a mistake and Miles is forgiven. The next day he is in such a good mood, he stands everyone to an ice cream: "But he miscalculated how much twenty orange freezy pops would cost." The ice cream man is not amused. The next day, Miles helps a child with a tricky miniature golf shot only to watch it bounce off someone's head and land in someone else's soda. "That dog should be in a kennel." This sends poor Miles into a major depression. The very thought of it: "smelly wet cement floors, locks with no keys, roommates named Spike . . ." But the fat lady sings for Miles, and the vacation turns out to be a winner. Comical watercolors follow the story, the best being Miles doing the limbo, arms splayed and head thrown back, at a beach party thrown in his honor after his resurrection. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-15-202212-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harcourt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2001