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Letters from a Desperate Dog (Desperate Dog)

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  78 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Poor Emma is a pup with a problem. Her human, George, constantly misunderstands her. No matter how hard she tries to please him, it's just "Bad! Bad! Bad!" all day long. Tired of feeling unappreciated, Emma finally writes to "Dear Queenie," who, like any good canine advice columnist, suggests that Emma get off the couch and make herself useful--perhaps even find a career. ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 16th 2006 by Clarion Books
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Ariel Cummins
Cute little story about a dog who has to write in to an advice column for advice on her human. Interesting way of thinking about how our actions are perceived by others. Plus it has a typing dog.

Strong lines and watercolor art make this book's art have a very cartoon-y look. Slightly unfinished appearance of the artwork is dynamic, but may not appeal to all kids.

Lots of words, with in-text emails and dialogues would make this hard to be a read aloud. It would probably be fun to read together, an
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Bailey Scales
Letters from a Desperate Dog was quite entertaining. My parents just got a new puppy so I could easily imagine their dog writing this book. This book is different in the way it includes emails, for a dog advice columnist, as well as pictures set up like a comic book. The illustrations included lots of thought bubbles from the dog. This book could serve as tool to teach students proper email etiquette, how a newspaper column works, as well as being to relate to those that own a dog. I would read ...more
Taurean J. Watkins
Dec 16, 2014 Taurean J. Watkins rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of "Martha Speaks", dogs in general, and books with sassy heroines
Shelves: animal-fantasy
Emma is a dog with human problems.

Most of the time, life with her human, George, is great, but as every pet (and pet parent) knows, there are days when the kibble hit the fan, and Emma’s overall a good dog, she makes her share of missteps, though George’s temperamental nature doesn't help!
(He’s an artist, they can be moody sometimes…)

Emma, both heartbroken and furious, finally decides it’s time to get some help, in the form of “Dear Queenie.” Queenie's a canine advice columnist, who gives sassy
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Dolly
Apr 19, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2013, art, childrens, library, pets
I discovered the book The Desperate Dog Writes Again in a cats & dogs book display at my local library. We read that one yesterday and discovered that there was another story featuring Emma and her family, so we immediately put that one on hold and got it right away.

This story explains some of the trouble Emma gets into when she first comes to live with George. We loved her trips to the library, getting online advice from a doggie "Dear Abby", as well as her disastrous attempts to improve h
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Molly
Emma the dog lives with her human, George, and a cat. Most of the time they get along fine, but some of George's commands seem a bit unreasonable. (I mean, really, how can you stay off a brand new, comfy looking couch?) Well, one day Emma is so desperate that she e-mails Queenie with the dog advice column. Queenie's suggestions don't seem to work, so eventually Emma takes off. Of course, absence makes the heart grow fonder and George sets off to look for Emma. But with this relationship things c ...more
Stephanie Watson
This book is great for young children. This book can help realize that friendship is more important than being mad. It can also show children that it is okay to talk to others about a problem.
Jaimee
A dog writes to the paper for help dealing with his owner who just doesn't understand him. He tries to follow her directions but things just keep going wrong and he doesn't understand why. This book was a good idea but I felt like the owner was little too mean to the dog. I just couldn't identify with this book but I don't own a dog so that might have been part of the problem.
Amy Carr
I did not like anything about this book. First, this story has already been written and the first book is so much better done. Second, the story was so pointless and poorly executed that I actually felt frustrated by the time I finished. Skip this poor imitation and go check out "Dear Mrs. Larue: Letters from Obedience School" by Mark Teague.
Barbara
I love this adorable picture book! As would any dog lover. Emma's human is driving her crazy, it's bad, bad, bad all day long, what's a dog to do? So Emma e-mails her problems to "Ask Queenie" to find out the best way to handle her human! Hilarious!
Alicia
An all right story about a dog desperate to please his "owner" but he always messes up and seeks advice. I'm not a big fan of the advice.
Joelle Anthony
The only Christelow book I haven't liked. It seemed so mean. I read the sequel first, and enjoyed it a lot, though!
Squishy
I like that a dog types on a computer. I like that there is a kitty too and the kitty looks soft and fluffy.
April Thompson
2.5 stars. This story was frustrating to read. There were more sour feelings toward the dog than good moments.
Joanna
In the tradition of Martha the talking dog, this dog just isn't quite as lovable.
z.diddy
I think this is funny because the dog is on the computer.
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Desperate dog asks Dear Queenie for advice.
Chris
Totally hilarious.
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