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Author: Latimer, Alex
Ben thinks his dog, Buster, is the best in the world but his parents are not as sure, so when they go on vacation Buster must stay with Grampa who, guided by many notes from Ben and using his own dog-training methods, manages to get Buster under control--mostly.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.50
Points: .5 Quiz: 177100
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 3.20
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 66170
Kirkus Reviews (06/15/15)
School Library Journal (08/01/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 08/01/2015 K-Gr 3—Ben thinks that Buster is "the best dog in the whole world," but illustrations tell another story. When his parents decide to go on a vacation and leave Buster with Grandpa, Ben writes and draws many notes to let Grandpa know about Buster's needs and preferences, such as "Belly tickles, dog biscuits with peanut butter [and] sleeping on Dad's pillow." While on vacation Ben sends postcards for further information. Fluent readers will enjoy reading the notes, looking at the postcards, and deciphering some notes, which are partially concealed. The engaging images are bold and energetic with lots of detail. While Ben is away, Grandpa begins to train Buster and readers will enjoy seeing the results. VERDICT A wonderful follow-up to Charise Mericle Harper's Henry's Heart (Holt, 2011) and a great companion to Mark Teague's Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School (Scholastic, 2002)—and a welcome addition to most picture book collections.—Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.