GEORGE AND DIGGETY by Maggie Stern

GEORGE AND DIGGETY

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Age Range: 6 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Stern and Sims (George, 1999) join forces again for another easy reader in beginning-chapter format about an average boy named George and his older siblings. In this book the focus is on his irrepressible but appealing dog, Diggety. In the first story, the three kids administer a multiple-choice test to Diggety to determine his intelligence. The directions and answer choices are cleverly integrated into the text, which might be a useful read-aloud for children facing their first standardized testing. (And the story might be comforting to some, as “Diggety does not test well.”) The second story has a sledding theme, and the third has the siblings baking dog biscuits for Diggety’s birthday, with a recipe included for biscuits that can be eaten by both canines and humans. Teachers will like the integration of the multiple-choice test format and the procedural format of baking (along with the recipe) as examples of everyday reasons why we need writing in our lives. Kids will enjoy the illustrations of Diggety by Sims, also the illustrator of the perpetually popular Polk Street School series. Diggety is a charming, rangy dog (perhaps part poodle and part golden retriever) with fluffy tan fur and a big white spot around one eye. Diggety never does dig any holes, and there’s an unnamed, shy gray cat in the background, so Diggety and George seem destined for more adventures, even though they aren’t as charismatic as the characters in the beloved Henry and Mudge books. A serviceable addition to the easy-reader shelves. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-531-30295-4
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Orchard
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2000




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