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You Will Call Me Drog (Carolrhoda)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  98 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Parker is a normal sixth grader--or he was normal before the puppet. It's just an old hand puppet, sticking out of a garbage can, and even though Parker's best friend says leave it, Parker brings the puppet home and tries it on. Or maybe it tries him on. "You will call me Drog!" the puppet commands once they're alone. And now, no matter how hard Parker tries, he can't get ...more
Hardcover, 281 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Carolrhoda Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Robert Kent
Aug 26, 2012 Robert Kent rated it it was amazing
You Will Call Me Drog is a great book for readers of any age, but I think it will especially appeal to upper grade school and middle school readers, particularly those readers whose parents either have divorced or are in the process of divorcing. So hand a copy of You Will Call Me Drog to the morose adolescent in your life whose parents don’t love each other anymore:) What a lot of middle grade books about divorce we’ve reviewed here, Esteemed Reader. Statistically speaking, children are still f ...more
Nov 20, 2011 Jessica rated it it was ok
An odd combination of a horror story and a therapy book.
Raghav M
Oct 21, 2013 Raghav M rated it it was amazing
A great book with a cool twist!
Beth G.
Oct 21, 2011 Beth G. rated it really liked it
Recommended to Beth by: Cybils Nomination
Book Source: checked out from the public library

If I'd listened to Wren that day, maybe I'd have just gone on being the same old pretty happy, pretty ordinary kid.

Meet Parker Lockwood: ordinary sixth-grader from small-town central Illinois. He does all right in school, but his real talents lie in drawing and building things. That's why he and his best friend were in the junkyard that day - picking out odds and ends to put together. It was Parker who spotted the puppet and, over Wren's objections
Dec 05, 2012 Ruhama rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile
Parker loves to invent and build things out of junk.The latest trip to the junk yard with his best friend Wren brings trouble, though, in the form of a vindictive puppet. Parker slips the puppet onto his left hand, and can't get him off. Worse, the puppet begins to talk on its own (instructing Parker to call him Drog) and is a rough character. Suddenly Parker is getting in trouble for things the puppet says and does, but the puppet will only talk to Parker, so no one believes that he's not contr ...more
John Cherry
Oct 13, 2014 John Cherry rated it liked it
You Will Call Me Drog is a book by Sue Cowing about a young man named Parker, whose parents are divorced and has only one close friend named Wren. If you thought Parker's life was tough before, you're in for a surprise if you're reading this book. Parker puts a bald, green puppet named Drog on his hand, and no matter how hard he tries, can't seem to rid himself of it. Drog offers sarcastic and wicked remarks about almost every aspect of Parker's life which makes it harder than ever before. To ma ...more
Aug 07, 2011 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: ncbla
I might wish for a different name for this book because I didn't like that title, but despite that issue, I ended up liking this strange little book about Parker, a sixth grader who happens to find a hand puppet that ends up becoming attached to his hand--literally! Despite everything he tries, the puppet won't come off, which gets him trouble at home and at school. Parker's dealing with the divorce of his parents and the absence of his father who has a new family and seems unable to understand ...more
Jun 05, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Everyone knows there's no such thing as a talking puppet, right? So when I tell people I have one, do they say, "Oh, well, we must be wrong, tell us all about it, Parker?" Nooooo. They'd rather believe I'm lying or that there's something wrong with me. Instead of changing their minds about talking puppets, they change their minds about me. Even my mother. Even my best friend.

I guess telling the truth only works when you have something usual to say. But what else was I supposed to do? Pretend to
Sharon Tyler
Aug 09, 2011 Sharon Tyler rated it really liked it
You Will Call Me Drog by Sue Cowing is a children's book due to be released in September 2011. It is a quirky story for children between eight and thirteen. Parker is a normal sixth grader, at least as far is he is concerned. The only unusual things about him are that his parents are divorced and his best friend is a girl. Not all that unusual in the grand scheme of things. When he and his friend Wren find a green hand puppet while scouting for things to build with things start to get strange. W ...more
Aug 23, 2011 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
If you’re looking for any ordinary book, don’t look here. To be sure this is a story about an ordinary boy, Parker, who has the same kind of problems lots of other kids have, including squabbling divorced parents, bullies at school, you know, the kinds of things that are in a lot of other middle grade novels. However, this one’s different the minute Parker puts on a hand puppet he finds in the junkyard and he can’t get it off.

You Will Call Me Drog is a unique and captivating story that takes yo
Keeley (ABibliophilesJourney)
You Will Call Me Drog by Sue Cowing was a strong attempt at a pretty dark middle grade story. Parker is a sixth grade boy that likes to search through the local junkyard with his best friend. One day while at the junkyard, Parker discovers a green hand puppet sticking up out of a trashcan. He is immediately intrigued and decides to put it on his hand. Little did Parker know, the hand puppet would come alive and refuse to let go of his hand.

Once the hand puppet has latched onto his hand, it begin
May 23, 2012 mandyfujita rated it really liked it
When I started reading this book, I thought it was kind of weird, but as the story progressed it started getting interesting. The book deals with children dealing with divorce of their parents. In this case, Parker is an 11 year old boy whose father has moved to Moline to start a new job and has a new family. He doesn't see Parker that much, but the father feels that sending Parker to Bradley Military Academy will give him some discipline since the father is not there.

Parker and his friend Wr
Nov 30, 2011 Cassandra rated it it was amazing
I recommend this book to every kid I know ( >4th grade or so, that is).
The one that has actually listened to me, as in Not My Own Children, loved it! As did I.
It is weird. It is freaky. It is a little bit scary, but it is altogether fantastic!

Kid finds puppet in junkyard. Kid wears puppet. Chaos ensues when puppet will not leave kid's hand. Really a wonderful book, for Interesting Kids, as well as Grownups interested in Kid LIt. You will not be disappointed.
Sue Poduska
Aug 29, 2011 Sue Poduska rated it liked it
Centered around eleven-year-old Parker and an ugly puppet, this is a metaphor for kids looking for an excuse to act out and yet work toward solving deep-seated problems. Parker and his friend, Wren, find a puppet in a junk yard. When Parker slips on the puppet in spite of Wren’s bad feelings, he is unable to remove the puppet and must wear it all the time. He discovers that his father, divorced from his mother and with a new family, must now pay attention to him. Parker also finds a home and a n ...more
Yoo Kyung Sung
Sep 10, 2011 Yoo Kyung Sung rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncbla
It is pretty impressive that this is the author's first book she wrote. Being stuck with a puppet on your hand and the puppet talks to only you. People wouldn't believe you even your best friend. What I liked about this book is that around the puppet, Drog, mixture of genre is presented. When Drog tells about his previous experience with emir reminds me of Shadow Spinning. Parker's divorced parents, school bully on Drog, psychologists' interpretation on Drog, and Drog's opionions on Parker's lif ...more
May 06, 2013 Jake rated it liked it
This book was okay. It wasn't the worst and it wasn't the best. The plot was a little screwed up. The main character Parker was in the junk yard when he found a puppet. Parker Used things from the junk yard to make things that do tasks. His vision with this puppet was that it would play the trumpet. When he tried the puppet on and played with it it got stuck on his hand and it wouldn't come of. This puppet could also talk. When he told his friend about this it drove there friend ship apart. The ...more
Oct 08, 2011 Dana rated it really liked it
This is a cute book for children in grades 4-6 or so. Parker, a 6th grader picks up a hand puppet that he finds at the dump and puts it on and it talks to him and tells him that it's name is Drog and it will not let him remove it.
So, Parker spends several months with the puppet on his hand, which causes some problems and he is sent to counseling and starts attending aikido lessons.
He starts to work out some of the problems that he has with his father, who had divorced his mom and moved out seve
Ms. Patterson
May 06, 2013 Ms. Patterson rated it really liked it
A strange and somewhat scary story of a boy with a "living" puppet stuck on his hand, You Can Call Me Drog is one I liked better after reading than while I was reading. I didn't get the full impact of the story until the end, so while reading, it just seemed like a crazy tale. I think many readers will be entertained by the rude, arrogant Drog. I never knew what he might say. I started to feel sorry for Parker as he became more and more isolated from his friends and family, but I cheered as he t ...more
Addison Children
Feb 10, 2014 Addison Children rated it liked it
Shelves: chapter-books
This was a fun boy book. Parker and his friend, Wren, frequently scour the dump for interesting junk with which to build contraptions. When Parker finds a hideous green puppet, Wren says, leave it, but Parker can't resist. He takes it home, tries it on, and it won't let go. Worse, the puppet talks, when it wants to, and says the most outrageous things. No one believes that the puppet has a mind of its own. Will Parker be friendless and one-handed forever?
Jun 04, 2012 AlixNicolee rated it it was amazing
G or PG, I can't decide. Probably more G.

I have always been attracted to the obscure, unique ideas that are put into books, and You Will Call Me Drog did not let me down. This is a fresh story I've never heard before! The dilemma that Parker faces in not being able to get Drog, the horribly talkative and sarcastic puppet, off his hand teaches him the importance of self-respect and the love of family. I really loved this.
Mar 21, 2013 Sandra rated it liked it
I thought that this book had a really slow climb,it took a very long time for him to find out how to get the puppet off. I thought it had a really good story very good plot characters and I like how Sue Cowing made the puppet control the boy. I liked how his friends tried different ways to think on why he was doing this. The one thing I didn't like was how the same argument went on between the friends and never would stop.
Deb E.
Oct 15, 2011 Deb E. rated it it was amazing
Sue Cowing has crafted a complex, multifaceted story that allows the reader to wrestle with the coping tactics of a child trying to find his way in a scary and unpredictable world. Even though Drog is merely an ugly green puppet, he comes to life from the beginning and finds a way to make you not want to let go of him at the end. I can't wait to see Drog in all of his green glory on the big screen!
Ellie Crowe
Jan 16, 2012 Ellie Crowe rated it it was amazing
Could you handle DROG?

Posted 1/16/2012: That puppet DROG is really creepy! I'd hate to have that mean, green guy gumming on to my hand. Readers will identify with Parker, the 6th grader who gets stuck with him. Author Sue Cowing has come up with a unique concept here. A fun read with an underlying touch of menace - or is that just the effect of DROG's grin?
Charles Hanebuth
Aug 30, 2011 Charles Hanebuth rated it it was amazing
I like a book that asks the reader to believe something improbable then doesn't disappoint. This books gets high marks on that score. From the start I felt as if I were in good hands with this author and I could trust her to take me on an intersting journey with a likeable boy and a wacky and worldly puppet.
Dec 11, 2011 Geebowie rated it really liked it
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Jan 07, 2013 Krissy added it
This book was really good and creepy which I liked it one swear word the H word but they only used it like 4 times so not a lot but rather than that the book was about this guy which gets a puppet on his hand that wont come off and the puppet can talk and is really bossy and rude but at the end it is really good too.
Aug 22, 2013 Vic rated it it was amazing
I LOVE Drog !! So many things to enjoy and learn from reading this sweet exploration. Thank you Sue Cowing!
Patricia Godfrey
May 28, 2012 Patricia Godfrey rated it it was amazing
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Aug 23, 2011 Norma rated it it was amazing
I won this book on a goodreads giveaway, and i was planning to think of it as a simple book for children, but boy was i wrong. I loved this book, it was great.
Nov 24, 2011 Randy rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, horror
a puppet with a mind of its own gets stuck on a kid's hand on like the third page, and then there's 300 more pages.
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