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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
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Hákon Gunnarsson
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals, cats, childrens, dogs
An interesting, almost plotless children's book. It consists of letters from dogs seeking advice from the self help dog, Mr. Mutt, his replies, and Queen's (who is a cat) counter replies. It's quite funny, and I think it can be used as a starting point to talk to kids about dog... and cats. Like the way it points out that tail pulling is not a good game, and that dogs need their exercise. Not all of Mr. Mutt's advice is as good though. Canine obesity is a problem that will not be solved with unl ...more
Sep 07, 2009 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
Jun 07, 2012 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
I've fallen behind in my reading goal for this year so I decided to include a few picture books or other short books to catch up. Most of the books I'm reading lately are quite long. So these are a bit of a relief for my eyes and energies.

Help Me, Mr. Mutt! Jumped out at me when I visited the library last. I loved the cute dog on the cover and decided that would be a good one to try.

The idea of a dog answering letters for other dogs with people problems was delightful. I loved the sneaky letter
Robin Gaphni
Jul 17, 2009 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(
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
Sep 30, 2012 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
Sarah Routt
Feb 01, 2013 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
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
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
Nicole Shirmer
Feb 10, 2015 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
Mandy Steffen
Sep 11, 2013 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
Sam Williamson
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really fun. Has nice illustrations, funny characters, and the format is fun to read. I can definitely see kids enjoying this if they like cats and/or dogs (and most do, right?) if I were a teacher I would probably use this as a catalyst to encourage my students to write their own letters from the POV of their dog or another dog. Kind of makes me wish I were a human parent, but I'm gonna stick with dog parent. 😅
Jairo Marquez
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a dog named Mr. Mutt. He is a self-proclaimed counselor for dogs. Several dogs write to Mr. Mutt to complain about the actions of their human owners. Some of the dogs’ problems include: disliking how they’re not the center of attention, not being allowed to eat more food, and not having a comfortable place to sleep. Mr. Mutt writes back to these dogs and offers them funny solutions to their problems while criticizing the cat that lives with him. The cat, who is named The Queen ...more
Love this book! you can do so much teaching with this book. Each letter has a different characters personality so you can have students talk about how they should read each one. You could also have your students do creative letter writing after reading the book. there are also graphs and diagrams and you can talk about how they add to the story.
This has a fun shtick (letters from dogs to a dog advice columnist with occasional commentary from a cat) and could be cute for an older crowd of dog lovers. There's a lot of text per page and much of it is complicated and involved. Definitely not for the preschool crowd, but might make for a fun book talk for the elementary school crowd.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an interesting read and funny. I really liked the concept and believe it would be a really cute children's cartoon. I think the book was a little drug out for a four year old. I do think it was good level for my fourth grader. I was able to see a difference in the interest level while reading it to them.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This book was super cute. I loved how the dogs were "writing" to each other and then the cat got involved with writing about how the cats are not lazy and spoiled. Very cute short story and I think that kids will really enjoy the humor in the animals writing letters.
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Like a “Dear Abby” for dogs seeking advice.
Lynn  Davidson
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dogs with problems with their humans, and complaints about cats, write to Mr. Mutt canine counsellor. He replies with funny advice to which the resident cat objects. Fabulous illustrations.
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
People with dogs and cats can relate.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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
Karli Abels
Jan 26, 2013 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 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
Kym Winchester
Jan 21, 2013 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
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
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
Pawsitive School  Counselor
I have two copies of this book in my office =) It's a perfect book for me, because it ties in what I do while keeping with my dog theme. I have used it for several years and when we had Stouie (a dog) visit for reading in the schools day his mom read a few pages. I have used it as an introduction to "what is a counselor?" and also read a few pages to introduce my health unit. My favorite thing to do with this book is have the kids write letters to Mr. Mutt. It's amazing how much I learn about st ...more
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Audience: P-2nd grade, children with pets at home or who want pets, children who like pets, elementary teachers.
Appeal: Gives the reader a chance to see things from a dog and cat's perspectives. Students can brainstorm solutions to the problems the dogs write to Mr. Mutt about, which can be a fun way to teach problem solving. The book is very funny and children will like that.

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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