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Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School

(Ike LaRue)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  8,309 ratings  ·  347 reviews
When Ike Larue is "imprisoned" at the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy, he tries everything to get sent home--weepy letters to his owner, even illness. In reality, Brotweiler is more like camp than prison, but still, Ike's not cut out for life w/o Mrs. Larue & his creature comforts. Finally, he runs away only to find himself back in Snort City--just in time to save Mrs. Laru ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Scholastic Press (first published 2002)
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Lisa Vegan
This book could have been incredibly hilarious, and while for me it didn’t quite make it to that level, I thought it was really cute and funny. The illustrations are great: in color for reality and the alternate scenes, as told by Ike the dog, are in black & white. I love the words that are part of the pictures, and especially loved the chart diagnosis on Ike’s infirmary bed. Anybody who knows and loves dogs will recognize some doggy behaviors and thought processes here, even though Ike is highl ...more
Jan Polep
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Letters written by a dog to his owner try to make his case that he doesn't belong in prison (Obedience School) for 2 months. When that doesn't work, "Ike" LaRue runs away from from "prison" and eventually saves Mrs. LaRue from getting run over. Lots to look at and a fun read.
(NS) Laura Jackson
Oct 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Ike is a rambunctious dog that has been sent away, by his owner, to obedience school. Ike finds himself at the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy because of his bad behavior at home. Ike wants nothing more than to go back home to his owner Mrs. LaRue. So he decides to begin writing letters to his owner describing his experiences at the obedience school. As Ike writes his letters, he stretches the truth, in describing how horrible his experiences are at the Canine Academy. But because of the wonderfu ...more
Lisa  Skripps
Oct 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School, by Mark Teague, is a playful story about Ike, a misunderstood puppy. Ike was sent to the Brotweiler Canine Academy by his owner Mrs. LaRue. Ike writes letter after letter to Mrs. LaRue explaining the horrific treatment he is receiving at the academy. However, the intricate illustrations suggest otherwise. For example, when Ike writes about being sent to solitary confinement in a cell, there is a picture of him a nice woman giving all of the dogs tr ...more
Katherine Austin
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reading-4050
1) Book summary, in your own words (3 pts)
-Ike LaRue is a little dog who has been sent to obedience school, or if you ask him, prison. He absolutely hates it and sends letter to his owner, Mrs. LaRue, pleading desperately to let him leave. He misses everything about home. Eventually, Ike escapes obedience school just in time to save his owner from a horrible accident.
2) Grade level, interest level, lexile (1 pt)
-1st-3rd grade.
3) Appropriate classroom use (subject area) (1 pt)
-Entertainment read
Cassandra Lemieux
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Summary: Mrs. LaRue sends her dog, Ike, away to an obedience school. Ike sends Mrs. LaRue letters each day explaining how "awful" it is at this school. Ike threatens to run away from the school and become a stray dog, but things don't turn out as great as he thinks.

Grade level: 3-4

Appropriate classroom use: English

Students who may benefit: Students who like bright detailed pictures and who like dogs would enjoy this humorous book.

Small group use: This would be a good book for children to pass a
Betty Ortega
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
* Book Summary
Ike is a puppy who has been sent to obedience school because he has behavioral issues, while in the obedience school he refuses to listen and writes letters to his owner every day. Mrs. Larue refuses to see him but writes back to him. Eventually, Ike decides to escape the school but doesn't know if he's returning to Mrs. Larue's home.

Book of the Year Award: Children's Illustrated

* Grade Level/ Interest level

* Appropriate Classroom Use
I would use this book when l
Nancy (Colorado)
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was used for a reading lesson on the skills of asking questions and drawing conclusions.
We love these books so much! Wayyyyy too cute!
Hannah Barnes
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Summary: Dear Mrs. LaRue is an epistolary book comprised of letters sent to Mrs. LaRue from her dog Ike who is currently residing at obedience school. Ike sends Mrs. LaRue daily letters about how much he dislikes his obedience school. He also explains that it was a mistake for her to send him there and that she should come and get him right away. No one expects what Ike will do when Mrs. LaRue does not come to get him.

Evaluation: This is an exceptionally good book to teach students about writin
Lauren Kramer
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dear Mrs. LaRue Letters from Obedience School written and illustrated by Mark Teague tells the tale of a misunderstood pooch, Ike. After a series of unfortunate events, Mrs. LaRue decides to send Ike to the Brotweiler Canine Academy for obedience training.

Ike sends Mrs. LaRue letters daily describing the horrible conditions that he is in. He relentlessly pleads his case requesting to come home immediately. Will Ike ever learn how to be a good dog? Will Mrs. LaRue ever forgive Ike for his transgr
Feb 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
This is a fun book in which a wire fox terrier, Ike La Rue, is sent to obedience school after ruining Mrs. La Rue's coat. Ike writes letters home detailing the horrible conditions at the school. Color pictures juxtapose reality with Ike's melodramatic descriptions.

This can be used to introduce and have children practice letter writing, as well as comparing and contrasting Ike's fiction with his reality. Primary students as well as secondary students can benefit from this book.
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was funny! I don't think that younger kids will appreciate it as much, since there's a lot of vocabulary that they won't understand. So I recommend this for the older kids. Like, 9 or 10 years old.
Nancy Kotkin
Funny picture book narrated as a series of letters from the perspective of a dog to his owner. When Mrs. LaRue enrolls Ike in obedience school for two months, he is so distraught that he breaks out. The illustrations show Ike's reality versus the exaggerated melodramatic scenes from his letters.
Oct 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I think that this book is very funny and the dog thinks that this school is very bad.
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Cute little story that would be a great lesson on perspective and persuasive word choice.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good book that showed there are two sides to every story.
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious! My third graders really enjoyed the book!
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We have an Airedale Terrier - in a way the bigger cousin of Ike, Mrs LaRue's mischievous wire hair Fox Terrier.
I heard about this book in a Facebook terrier group (weirdly enough), and was lucky to get a second hand copy immediately.

As a fellow terrier owner I can strongly empathize with Mrs LaRue's struggles (been there, done that, err: am there and doing that, actually). I laughed out loud at Ike's melodramatic letters hone from obedience school (a very nice place actually, drawn in color, bu
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Teague, M. (2002). Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School. New York: Scholastic Press.


Appetizer: Ike LaRue, a dog, has been sentenced to go to obedience school for two months after proving to be a bit of a trouble maker at home. Ike shares his worst daydreams about what is happening at the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy to Mrs. LaRue through the letters he writes home. Growing frustrated with his situation and Mrs. LaRue's refusal to help, Ike decides to attempt a daring escape
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School" is a cute story about a dog named Ike that has been placed in obedience school against his wishes. At home, he has been chasing cats, eating food he isn't supposed to, and pulling his owner down while on walks. At school, Ike writes letters to Mrs. LaRue about how he feels he has been unjustly put in this school, and that he will do anything to get out of it. Mrs. LaRue ignores his letters though, as she knows that this school is what is best for ...more
Alisha N.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of my all-time favorites and another excellent example of a postmodern children's picturebook. The protagonist of the book is Ike Mrs. LaRue's dog who gets sent to obedience school, by Mrs. LaRue for being unapologetically mischievous and naughty. The story is narrated by Ike through a series of letters that he writes to Mrs. LaRue from the confines of the obedience school. The story line and plot are moved along by the visuals that align with the text. Within the illustrations ...more
Lydia Boverie
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so fun, and it is something I can totally see how kids would love reading/hearing a story about a dog being left at an obedience school and him telling his side of it. This for sure brings to life the childlike dream of being able to communicate with your dog. I really enjoyed how it showed both Ike's idea of what was happening vs. what was actually happening, and the fact that Mrs. LaRue didn't seemed too interested in her dog's dramatic letters. Or the fact that the workers at th ...more
Adams Eagles
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it

Veronica A.

Mrs.LaRue enrolled Ike to an academy because he was stealing food from the counter table. Ike always send a letter to Mrs. LaRue telling her how bad was this school. Ike think that this school is a prison he wants to go with Mrs. LaRue. Ike is sorry about the chicken pie he ate that he wasn't supposed to eat.Ike is now telling Mrs.LaRue about the Hibbins cats.Ike has to do what Miss Klondike Ike is telling Mrs.LaRue that she is making them do what she wants.Ike is telling Mrs.LaRue
This was a funny, cute story about Ike LaRue's time in the slammer -- the obedience school slammer, that is. It follows a series of letters he writes home to his owner, begging for release from the torturous situation.

I liked how reality was in color and Ike's imagined scenes were in black and white. It really sets it apart for a child. There is also a good number of words to stretch vocabulary.

I listened to the book on CD as well, and thought it was really well done. The reader was perfect, an
Megan Reichmann
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The first time I came into contact with this book was when I was in fourth grade when my teacher read it to my class. I am now in college and it still is one of my favorite picture books. Every time I read it it cracks me up. This book is about Ike the dog who is sent to Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy because of his previous bad behavior. While he is there he sends letters to his 'person' named Mrs. LaRue. This book is a perfect example of dramatic irony. In his letters he describes how horrible ...more
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School begins w/ a clever premise: Ike, Mrs. LaRue's dog, has been mischievous, so Mrs. LaRue sends him to obedience school. While there, Ike writes many letters defending himself (think: apologia in terms of rhetorical technique), but his fate seems sealed.

I love the news stories that frame Ike's predicament and the ideas in his many letters. However, Ike's voice doesn't ring true to dog-speak in my mind. I just can't hear a dog in the letters.

Still, I'
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cl-fiction, childrens
Reading Grade Level: 2

I LOVED this book! It's a very funny story written as a collection of letters from a dog, Ike, to his owner from doggie obedience school. However, Ike's letters may not quite be truthful (as his owner says, he's quite "melodramatic") and both his version and the real version are told across the pages by contrasting black and white with color illustrations. 7 year old L and I had some great discussions about writing letters, imagination, fiction vs non-fiction, and there are
Sara L.
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is about a dog that is sent to obedience school and from there he starts writing letters to his owner about his experience at the obedience school. I love this half-truth and half fantasy book. It has colorful illustrations on one side and on the other side has black and white illustrations. It’s a hilarious book for students who like dogs and for students who are learning about dogs. It can be used to teach children how to write letters.
Mary Train
Jan 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
If you're an adult, this book is humorous and clever. If you're a kid, this book is unaccessible and confusing...and a big let-down. I know many reviewers would disagree with me, but kids don't lie!
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Mark Teague has delighted young readers with more than 20 picture books, and he has written many of them himself, including the popular Pigsty, Baby Tamer, and One Halloween Night. He is also the illustrator of Cynthia Rylant's beloved Poppleton series for beginning readers and the best-selling books by Jane Yolen, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight and How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon.

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