Author: Choldenko, Gennifer
Ten-year-old Liam and his two younger sisters, precocious third-grader Dakota and second-grader Izzy, who has Down syndrome, face the possibility of losing their beloved dog, Cupcake, who keeps urinating on their apartment's carpet.
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 3.60
Points: 4.0 Quiz: 500569
Kirkus Reviews (+) (10/15/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/12/18)
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Booklist - 11/01/2018 Fifth-grader Liam is used to being the responsible one. With mom and dad divorced, it’s his job to rein in his two younger sisters: the ever-precocious second-grader Dakota, whose science experiments rattle the neighbors, and first-grader Izzy, who has Down syndrome. But what’s wreaking havoc on Liam most of all lately is his beloved pooch, Cupcake, who can’t seem to refrain from peeing all over their basement apartment. Unfortunately, their elderly landlord, Mr. Torpse, says Cupcake’s got to go if they can’t get this situation under control, so Liam and his sisters are on it. Choldenko packs a lot into this slim volume, as Liam also struggles with his family’s financial situation—not imperiled, exactly, but enough to worry him—and a new foe in tennis, who just so happens to be super wealthy. Liam’s concerns are common for young readers, who will find much to relate to in this slice-of-life story. Expressive and amusing, Ceulemans’ illustrations enhance the reading experience in a book perfect for classroom read-alouds. Simply endearing. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.