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Bad Dog, Dodger!
On his ninth birthday Sam is given what he wants most of all -- a puppy. Sam names him Dodger. The whole family loves Dodger, but Dodger does get into trouble sometimes -- like when he knocks the trash all over the kitchen floor, or chews a big hole in Sam's baseball cap, or jumps into the tub when Sam's older sister is taking a bath. "Bad dog, Dodger!" Sam scolds him each...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Sam gets a puppy, finally, but as Dodger the puppy grows up he becomes harder and harder to control. His antics (going through the trash, pulling down the curtains) are illustrated with thick oil paintings. Eventually, it looks like the dog is going to have to leave. Will Sam find a way to get him under control? The story seems to miss some opportunities for humor; it's a pretty serious tone throughout which makes it less appealing.
Barbara Abercrombie has published two novels for adults, plus books for children, including the award winning picture book, Charlie Anderson. Her novels have been optioned for films and published in six languages. Her essays, articles and poems have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor and United Airlines Hemisphere magazine....moreMore about Barbara Abercrombie...