Do you really want a dog's life?

Summary:

What do pets do when their owners leave? Are they secretly plotting to get rid of each other? Maybe.

Max (dog) lives in New York with Katie, his owner. One day, Katie brings home Duke, a big mean dog. Duke and Max don't get along, and Max drags him out of the house to get rid of him.

The two dogs go on a terrifying but exciting adventure that takes them to many interesting places, including a bad guy’s lair and sausage factory, to name two.  Where else are they going? What will they find? Can they get home before Katie? You can only find out if you read the book! 


BTSYA / Teen Reader (15):
This book has a wonderful message about the importance of friendship and cooperation. It gives a special (and inaccurate!) look into what pets do when their owners leave the house. I recommend it for children ages 3 to 5. The vocabulary is limited but easily digestible. Dog Days is part of a larger series, so you might want to check out the first book, too.


Pros:

Kids will enjoy this story of friendship and cooperation ... and the idea that our pets have lives of their own when we aren't around. Although it is an easy reader for first graders, it is a nice choice for reading aloud with preschoolers, too.

Cons:

None.


Type of Book:
This is a book for children ready for stories with a bit more text, but not yet prepared for illustrated chapter books. It will also make a great read-aloud with preschoolers.
Educational Themes:

This is a story written to help emerging readers. As a Level 2 book there is more text, so the first time through you may have opportunities to ask questions:

  • Why doesn't Max like Duke?
  • How do you think [event] made [dog name] feel?
  • What is going to happen next?
Reading Level:
1.5
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 9
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 15.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. While this may be fun, easy readers have a short shelf life.

Title Dog Days
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Step Into Reading, Level 2

Author Andrea Posner-Sanchez
Publisher Random House Children's Books, Penguin Randomhouse Company © 2016
ISBN 9780399554971
Material Paperback
Cost $4.99
Genres Animal Character, Easy Reader, Family, Animal Fantasy
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