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Author: Staniszewski, Anna
Ben selects from the shelter a most unusual "dog" that wreaks havoc in town until she has a chance to prove her worth.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.50
Points: .5 Quiz: 197451
Kirkus Reviews (05/15/17)
School Library Journal (07/01/17)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/10/17)
The Hornbook (00/07/17)
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School Library Journal - 07/01/2017 PreS-Gr 2—Ben visits the pound with his mother to adopt a puppy and ends up leaving with a dinosaur. Hilarity ensues as he tries to treat his new pet, Sadie, like a dog. Poor Sadie cannot perform anything she is asked to do. She obliterates cars, destroys fruit stands, and won't even fit into her own house. Soon, the townsfolk turn on her and encourage Ben to take her back to the pound. One day, Sadie has the opportunity to prove her worth and chases a thief through the town and into the fields. Her dinosaur strength and speed render her more useful than any police officer. Could Sadie be helpful after all? Before long, Sadie charms her neighbors and is appreciated for the sweet pet she is. This upbeat and original story stresses the importance of compassion and giving everyone a second chance. Readers will learn how to look beyond appearances. Fans of Bob Shea's "Dinosaur Versus" series will notice similarities, particularly the outrageous scenarios and witty dialogue. The narrative is perfectly complemented by Hawkes's whimsical and colorful illustrations. VERDICT This is a delightful and funny read-aloud that will entice children of all ages.—Katherine Hickey, Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma City - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.