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 Lucky author has a dog
 Author: Ray, Mary Lyn

 Publisher:  Scholastic (2015)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [40] p., col. ill., 28 cm.

 BTSB No: 527882 ISBN: 9780545518765
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Authors -- Fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

It is a lucky author who has a dog to greet her in the morning and help her with ideas, because everything is better with a dog--but a dog who has an author is also lucky.

 Illustrator: Henry, Steven
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.80
   Points: .5   Quiz: 180258
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 1.60
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 67427

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (05/01/15)
   School Library Journal (10/01/15)
   Booklist (07/01/15)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 07/01/2015 Why is an author with a dog lucky? The dog will wake her with a kiss, bring her ideas while she writes, and remind her when it’s time to go outside. One day, the author in the story breaks her routine to visit a school, where she talks with the children and signs books. When she arrives back home, we can see that a dog with an author is lucky, too. She’ll bring home mysterious school smells, serve his supper in a red bowl, and take him for a walk. The concise, precisely written narrative works well, creating a light framework of story, along with reflections on dogs. The appealing illustrations, pencil drawings digitally enhanced with color, create a series of intriguing scenes with plenty of interrelated details for kids to notice and enjoy. A girl who appears in the background of outdoor scenes becomes the focus of two large illustrations later in the story. Highly recommended for classrooms before an author visit, this amiable picture book makes the writer’s life look mighty good. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 10/01/2015 K-Gr 2—Ray's new picture book shows a day in the life of an author who works from home. The author lives in a brownstone in a city with her small dog. "So the dog brings ideas. A lucky author has a dog who helps." Children will smile when they see how the tongue-in-cheek writing is complemented and extended by Henry's realistic pencil and digital illustrations. When the author goes into an elementary school, her advice inspires the children to write stories of their own, even if they don't have a real dog. VERDICT The autumn setting makes this a perfect book to read during the first months of school or in preparation for an author visit.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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