Author: MacLachlan, Patricia
A sweet and funny tale about a magical dog named Rex, and how he comes to the aid of seven-year-old Grace and her writer's block.
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 3.20
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 506463
Kirkus Reviews (11/01/19)
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Booklist - 02/01/2020 Seven-year-old Grace spends a lot of time with Aunt Lily, an author suffering from writer's block. Hoping to become more productive, Lily places an ad for an assistant, and soon a magician arrives at her door, offering his Labrador retriever, Rex, for the job. Rex is truly magical. In addition to possessing the usual canine charms, Rex can read, write, and pull up inspiring quotations from the web. In no time Lily is creating again, but the real change comes with Grace, a child who has been encouraged to write but feels intimidated by the process. Newbery-winner MacLachlan's spare but elegant prose touches on themes of self-confidence, the writer's craft, and the sense of well-being that can come from pet ownership. Descriptions of Lily's writers' group (and Grace's attempts to spy on them) add levity to the narrative, as do Rex's messages and his love of lemon cake. With a large font, generous line spacing, and frequent black-and-white illustrations, this book will please younger readers and inspire would-be wordsmiths. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.