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Help Me, Mr. Mutt!: Expert Answers for Dogs with People Problems

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Responding to disgruntled dogs nationwide, Mr. Mutt, Canine Counselor, has solutions to the most sticky dilemmas. But Mr. Mutt has his own problem to solve: the cat (aka The Queen), who has her own idea of who’s in charge. Now Mr. Mutt is the one who needs help--quick!

Through letters and newspaper clippings--and with plenty of their trademark humor--Janet Stevens and Susan
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jun 07, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This book is a 2011-2012 Golden Sower Primary Honor book. The audience this book is geared towards would include boys and girls in kindergarten through second grade. The book is appealing due to its humorous story. It is a story written mostly in letters about about a dog who gives advice to other dogs who have people problems. When the dog gives advice about how to handle cats, a particular cat he knows becomes annoyed and responds to him in letter form. It is a cute story that children who are ...more
Sep 07, 2009 Charlyn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Charlyn by: Texas Bluebonnet Award reading list
Do you deprive your dog of tasty treats from the table? Does your dog have an outfit for every holiday? Do you make your dog sleep in a doggie bed or--even worse--on the floor? Then your dog might need Mr. Mutt, the canine counselor for dogs pestered by people problems. And, although he doles out advice to a variety of complainants, he must deal with a problem of his own, the cat who believes she is Queen of the home they share. Both cat and dog lovers will laugh at the antics and answers provid ...more
Nicole Shirmer
Feb 10, 2015 Nicole Shirmer rated it it was amazing
This story is letters written between dogs who have problems with their people and Mr. Mutt who answers with what he believes the dog should do and always ends with "you are top dog." The Queen, cat, in Mr. Mutt's household always writes him a letter about how cats are not rotten or spoiled, they're just better. She continues to get fed up with Mr. Mutt and eventually ties him up to take over. Mr. Mutt's patients come to the rescue!

A major theme of this book is humor. Mr. Mutt, the dog counselor
Gabrielle Blockton
Date: September 30th, 2014

Author: Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel; Illustrated by Janet Stevens

Title: Help Me, Mr. Mutt!: Expert Answers for Dogs with People Problems

Plot: Mr. Mutt is a dog, a cat-hater and an expert on how to deal with people problems. With his helpful advice, The Queen, a snotty cat that reads Mr. Mutt's advice to dogs all over the United States, wants to stop him, no matter what the costs may be.

Setting: Delaware (main location); various locations

Characters: Mr. Mut
Taurean Watkins
Cats aren’t the only species in the “Pet Advice” business. Like his feline counterpart
“Dear Tabby” (by Carolyn Crimi/illus. David Roberts) Mr. Mutt gives dry wit and matter-of-fact tone to reply the the hounds, terriers, spaniels and mutts of all kinds who write him.

Epistolary stories (i.e. Stories told entirely via letters) are tricky to pull off because just like in straight prose, each exchange has to pull its weight, and this book does just that.

Unlike “Dear Tabby” that had a variety of pets



2 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 2 out of 5
Plot: 1 out of 5

Dogs with everyday people (and cat) problems write to Mr. Mutt for advice.

What can I say about this book? It it was very, err, boring. :( The plot would have been interesting if there was a little bit more to it. I like the idea using dogs to write to another dog for the advice, but my attention was drawn more t
Nov 20, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing
In Help Me, Mr. Mutt by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel, Mr. Mutt is a canine counselor who advises other dogs on their people problems through an advice column in the paper. The dogs all have common people problems such as owners who yell at them not to bark, dress them up, put them on diets, make them sleep on the floor, bathe them often or won’t play with them. Mr. Mutt has an answer for every problem. Some of his suggestions are questionable and even mischievous—like telling Underpl ...more
Robin Gaphni
Jul 17, 2009 Robin Gaphni rated it it was amazing
Help Me, Mr. Mutt! is a must read for dog lovers (and cat lovers too). It's a hilarious book that kids and adults will want to read over and over again. The full title is: Help Me, Mr. Mutt!: Expert Answers for Dogs with People Problems and it's by the indomitable sister-team of Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel.

Mr. Mutt is the Dear Abby to the dog world. He is there to offer his sage advice to dogs everywhere. The book is written in a letter format. Dogs write Mr. Mutt with their problem(
Brian Breese
What?: People sometimes have problems with their dogs and seek out the help of dog trainers. But what’s a dog to do when he has problems with his humans? Well, they write a letter to Mr. Mutt asking for advice and usually include a postscript about how a cat in their family is treated much better. What they get in return is encouragement, a reminder that they are “Top Dog!,” and a postscript about their cat issues. “The Queen,” the cat that lives with Mr. Mutt, is quick to reply to Mr. Mutt abou ...more
Sarah Tiedemann
Feb 01, 2013 Sarah Tiedemann rated it it was amazing
Audience: Class of 2nd or 3rd graders

Appeal: We would read this book when we are learning about how to write a letter and the elements of a letter. It will be similar to the Flat Stanley activity that many second grade classes do.

Application: I would introduce this book to my class during the time that we are learning how to write letters. We would open with a discussion, to introduce the topic of the book, about the pets they may have. I would ask them what kind of trouble the pets have gotten
Parker Lewis
Oct 23, 2014 Parker Lewis rated it liked it
This humorous book won a Texas Bluebonnet award. The book talks about Mr. Mutt who is a Canine Counselor that gives advice to other dogs nationwide about people problems they are having. However, when he gives advice about cats, a particular cat named The Queen gets mad at his advice. How does Mr. Mutt deal with this snobby Queen?
This books theme could be cats and dogs don't get along.
You could have the kids become their own "dog with a problem" and write to Mr. Mutt about their problem.
Mandy Steffen Lucas
Sep 11, 2013 Mandy Steffen Lucas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
“Help Me, Mr. Mutt!” is about a canine counselor who puts an ad in the paper offering to give advice to his fellow four-legged friends when they have problems with their people. Mr. Mutt’s clients include a range of funny characters, from a dachshund that was put on a diet to a blue heeler that was moving from a farm into the city and was concerned about his people turning him into a pampered pooch. Unfortunately, Mr. Mutt has a problem of his own, a cat referred to as “The Queen”, who always ha ...more
Ali Dunn
Jan 24, 2015 Ali Dunn rated it really liked it
A classic tale of dogs versus cats, only this time the dogs are ringing in for advice. From the help of Mr. Mutt, these desperate dogs learn new skills to help them live longer and happier lives, however the Queen (a cat) points out that dogs are silly and should not bother because cats rule. I could do a lot of great read and response activities with this book and I can definitely see students' true feelings come out if one suggests dogs are better than cats....
Karli Abels
Jan 26, 2013 Karli Abels rated it really liked it
Audience: This book would be best suited for a middle elementary age such as third grades. It can be of interest to both boys and girls especially those who show an interest in pets, especially dogs.
Appeal: This book would very easily capture the interest of a class on a humorous level due to the dogs being the only characters having a conversation. It gives the idea of dogs having a secret form of communication that many students will find amusing. It also has very detailed and creative pictur
Allison Parker
Feb 23, 2011 Allison Parker rated it it was ok
A dog’s life isn’t always easy! At last, an expert canine shares his newspaper advice to other dogs through letters they write. Owners not feeding you nearly enough yummy food? Make a dash for their countertops and trashcans! People dressing you up in ridiculous costumes? Rip those clothes to rags! Don’t get enough play time? Destroy your enemy: the TV! Whatever you do, be sure to watch out for the cat. Those felines are nothing but trouble…

Mr. Mutt is hilarious! After each letter this pooch wr
Feb 03, 2016 Peacegal rated it it was ok
2.5 stars -- This is a goofy book with a cats vs. dogs theme reminiscent of a more sedate version of LOONEY TUNES.

The illustrations are the best part; the dog on the cover reminded me of my own and the "Queen" cat in the story looked a lot like my Siamese kitty. The "complaints" lodged by the dogs will be instantly familiar to those of us who live with canines.
Angie Kohout
Apr 29, 2015 Angie Kohout rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: K-5
Plot: Responding to disgruntled dogs nationwide, Mr. Mutt, Canine Counselor, has solutions to the most sticky dilemmas. But Mr. Mutt has his own problem to solve: the cat (aka The Queen), who has her own idea of who’s in charge. Now Mr. Mutt is the one who needs help--quick!

Setting: United States

Characters: Mr. Mutt, Cat, various writers asking for help.

Point-of view: Third person.

Theme: Humor.

Style: Children's fiction
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
May 18, 2015 Barb (Boxermommyreads) rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Cute quirky children's book where troubled dogs write in to Mr. Mutt asking for solutions to their human people problems. The artwork is super cute and Mr. Mutt's advice would be humorous and helpful to any dog out there. Booker T Boxer will be posting his thoughts on our blog later this week!
Renee Brown
Jan 16, 2016 Renee Brown rated it it was amazing
We'll be booktalking this title at the elementary schools this week. I love the premise, the illustrations are superb, and the humorous letters by Mr. Mutt and The Queen are wonderful! A huge hit with the primary grades! Black-Eyed Susan picture book nominee 2009
Brenda Cregor
Jun 03, 2015 Brenda Cregor rated it really liked it
Besides being ADORABLE because it's a book about the BEST species in the universe [DOGS], this book also offers great examples of friendly letters and how authors incorporate text features, such as graphs, into their writing to make it more accessible to readers.
Kym Winchester
Jan 21, 2013 Kym Winchester rated it it was amazing
Audience: The audience for this book is primary elementary school. Due to the style of humor, I believe it would best suit 2nd-3rd graders.

Appeal: I think children who love dogs would love this book. Children who enjoy the debate "who is better, a cat or dog" will get a kick out of the back and forth comments between the dog and cat in this story! It is very funny and has great pictures, too!

Application: I might use this book to open up the concept of debate or proving your point for how you fe
Mar 02, 2014 Pam rated it really liked it
A great book for teaching young children to think about their dog's perspective (and their cat's). No one draws more adorable dogs than Janet Stevens!
Every dog-owner/dog-lover can relate to this book full of the hilarious escapades of dogs and cats. Nasty generalizations abound about cats: from being aloof, acting like a queen, and getting away with being tempermental and persnickey. Dogs, on the other hand, have to endure going on diets, playing dress-up, taking baths, being ignored and being told to stop barking, for heaven's sake! Written in letter form to Mr. Mutt, Canine Counselor, this book will tickle funny bones and resonate with huma ...more
May 09, 2014 Lona rated it it was amazing
Hilarious! I found references to all three of our dogs plus Kate and Steve's dog and cat in the book. THANK YOU, Trudy O'Rourke!
Stevens, Janet., Crummel, Susan. Help Me, Mr. Mutt!: Expert Answers for Dogs with People Problems. Orlando: Harcourt, 2008. Fantasy

A humorous story that explores the world through the mind of dogs! In this book, Mr. Mutt gives advice to fellow dogs about how to deal with their humans. The story is a long one, but definitely worth the read with its quality word choice and humorous spin on the human and pet interaction. It also would be a great book to introduce letter writing, since the whole sto
Mar 15, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Great book! Would be good for teaching letter writing. Great illustrations! Any dog lover would appreciate this book!
Jubilee Harrold
May 07, 2014 Jubilee Harrold rated it liked it
so cute!! if u like cats don't read this book. made me laugh really hard
Apr 03, 2014 Yolandra rated it it was amazing
The students loved the cat in this bookend of course Mr. Mutt!
Sep 02, 2015 Stacey rated it it was amazing
Hysterical. A must read for any family with a dog.
Jul 10, 2015 Aprils rated it liked it
Dog owners might find this funny.
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Janet Stevens began drawing as a child. Pictures decorated her walls, mirrors, furniture and school work -- including math assignments. While this didn't always sit well with her teachers, it was what she loved to do.

Janet’s father was in the Navy therefore she moved a great deal and attended many schools while growing up.

After graduating from high school in Hawaii in 1971 she landed a job creati
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