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Little Klein

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  75 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
A boy and his loyal dog roam freely and make mischief in a compelling portrait of a spirited family in bygone America.

Born Harold Sylvester George Klein, Little Klein can’t seem to measure up to the "Bigs." His older brothers are a boisterous gang held together by the bustling, bighearted Mother Klein. Try as he might to stand tall and be heard above the din, Harold often
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 25th 2007 by Candlewick Press
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Jun 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Realistic fiction, 9 and up
Realistic fiction. Award winner.
The three older Klein boys are notorious hell raisers. The run wild, their mother manages the family, Dad is off for months at a time at some traveling kind of work. The youngest by a stretch of the 4 Klein boys, little Klein is considered the runt of the litter by his mother. She is overprotective of him, but he wants in on the fun. Most of all, he Wants a Dog! Enter Leroy, he has been a loner, but when he smells Little Klein, he knows he is home.
A nice little
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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P.D.R. Lindsay
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s

This is a book which many children will enjoy. There is a youngest brother, Little Klein, who struggles to catch up with his three older brothers. There's a dog of character who adopts Little Klein, and a series of small town adventures, culminating in a whopping adventure child readers will envy. The writing is tight, the word choices stimulating and it reads as well aloud as silently.

As an adult reader I did find it a little 'soggy with nostalgia' and, for all the excellent writing, rather twe
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I almost hated this book. The first few chapters did not impress me much and I somehow had this inexplicable annoyance towards the tone and style used to narrate the story.

The 67th page, the chapter where The Minister was introduced, changed my initial opinion about this book entirely.

"The boys called him The Minister because they'd first seen him on a Sunday morning and he'd slapped the water loud as the preacher'd pounded the pulpit on Easter."

I couldn't believe that happened to be the most m
Very nice family and coming of age story. Very easy for kids to relate to.
Harold is known by everyone as Little Klein because not only is he the youngest of four boys, but he is also definitely the runt of the litter. His mother doesn't want to let him go, so she babies him. His older brothers treat him more like a pet or a toy that they tote along with them.
Little Klein only wants to be treated his age and he hopes that maybe having a dog will make his family see him as older. In comes LeRoy, a
Feb 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-school
Harold, the youngest of four boys, is known as Little Klein. Coddled by his mother, tolerated by his brothers (known collectively as the Big Kleins) this is the story of a young boy wishing he were everything he isn't: bigger, stronger, older, and if that's not possible, it would be nice to at least be heard. Young Klein grows into his own after a dramatic incident involving his older brothers, a tornado and the local falls. The story of Little Klein is linked with his family being adopted by a ...more
Jul 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Kristin by: Lisa Meidl
Everyone seems to love this book, judging from the other reviews. And Lisa loves it, so I think maybe I just don't understand boys! It was cute, but I kept feeling like something was missing. Maybe it was because there wasn';t a huge amount of dialogue, like I am used to... Hmm. I will put this book in my library though. I also loved the parts that were from the dog's perspective--that part was super cute.
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Absolutely charming story of a boy, Little Klein, his brothers "The Bigs," and his dog, LeRoy. (Awesome names.) A normal, busy family of boys and their adventures—dogs, fishing, dog houses, pie—in small town America of 1949. And how Little Klein became "big." Fun dog-thoughs on life from LeRoy's point of view.

Charming, lovely book, and must read for those who like positive stories of boys and their dogs and joys of normal life.
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
I haven't read youth fiction in ages, so it took me a bit to get into this. But each night, I became more interested in seeing how the story would end. I was happily surprised by the twist at the end! Our book group is going to Skype the author this month, so we are reading different books by her. Of course, LeRoy was my favorite character.
Nov 15, 2009 rated it liked it

Book Festival author. Chapter book. "A boy and his loyal dog roam freely and make mischief in a compelling portrait of a spirited family in bygone America."

"Compelling" is a bit overstated. Entertaining.
May 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
It was a vey sweet story -- and I don't mean that in a bad way. It spans all ages, a good read aloud for the younger set, but could even be appreciated by middle schoolers. Harold (aka Little Klein)is a character who is quirky and lovable.
Jacklyn L.
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing

I just finished! It was a touching book. I would recomend it to people who like books about people who overcome their nickname. One connection I made was when the main character didn't want to do something because he was scared and I have felt that way several times before.
Nov 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This was a good story with warm characters and a charming dog. Living with older siblings is not easy but when you are small and they are big, it can be even harder. Little Klein is set in the late 1930's, a time of innocence and sweetness in his small town.
Apr 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
dusty smal town summers - tom sawyer isn't the only one who knew how to enjoy them.
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
The last two chapters make this book - A sweet read.
Adrienne Furness
Aug 25, 2007 rated it liked it
A family story, very much in the tradition of books like The Moffats and The Penderwicks.
Oct 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit, own
One of sweetest children's books I've ever read.
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this little book. Refreshing story of a boy and his dog. The dog is still alive by the end of the book.
Jan 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
Too slow moving for me--not nostalgic, just not interesting. I wanted to like it.
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