Roscoe Riley Rules, 3: Don't Swap Your Sweater For A Dog


Sometimes, even when you tell the truth, you get sent to time out. That's where we find Roscoe, ready to tell us the whole story about how he once again landed in the corner. When Roscoe saw the ad for a pet-trick contest, he knew it was his chance to win a trophy. It wasn't fair. He was the only Riley who didn't have a trophy! He was sure he could train his dog Goofy to do a trick ... until he saw Martin's dog Edward reading! With just one day to the contest, and no help from Goofy, Roscoe was desperate. So he traded the sweater his Grandma knitted him (and didn't like) to borrow Edward so he could win. Was it worth it? Would he win?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Wholesome, good-natured humor, and a boy and his dog combine for fun and life lessons in this transitional reader.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

Our daughter loves Riley. There are always plenty of laughs because he is always getting in scrapes and his good ideas always seem to land him in hot water. Every time Roscoe or Martin mentioned the sweater, we had to stop reading and look at the front cover to see if the animals on the sweater were in the picture.

Parent Reaction

This is a great series. Kids can relate to the characters, and parents can see themselves in their "younger days." Riley wears his emotions on his sleeve, so you feel for him when he realizes that he might have made a mistake trading away Grandma's sweater (even though he didn't like it). I also like that there are still consequences for his choices. The story has plenty of laughs and is a story all ages can enjoy. This is an excellent choice for reluctant and transitional readers, as the sentences are short, the chapters just a few pages, and there is lots of action.

Type of Book:
This illustrated chapter book is about the life of third-grader Roscoe Riley.
Educational Themes:

This is a fun book that illustrates the life lesson of humor in dealing with tough situations.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
6 to 10
Age of child:
Read with and by a 7-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. This is a fun series. It is reminiscent of other series, but with good grammar and wholesome humor.

Title Don't Swap Your Sweater for a Dog

Roscoe Riley Rules, Book 3

Author Katherine Applegate
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers © 2008
Illustrators Brian Biggs
ISBN 9780061148859
Material Hard Cover
Cost $3.99
Genres Adventure, Humor
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