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Desperate to come home, Ike shows great enthusiasm for stretching the truth about his treatment at Brotweiler Canine Academy. Illustrator and author Mark Teague has developed a hilariously disdainful and dignified voice for the not-very-put-upon Ike, but Teague's most cunning innovation is the book's format: He splits each spread between what's really happening, done in color, and what Ike's imagining and exaggerating to Mrs. LaRue, in big thought bubbles using dramatic black and white. As Ike delivers his first letter, in his thought bubble we see Ike carted away in the Brotweiler Canine Academy paddy wagon ("We Aim to Tame"!), up a windy road to a scary-looking quasi-Transylvanian compound, complete with lightning and bats; in full-color reality, Brotweiler looks much more like the UCLA campus in spring bloom, with a sign pointing to the sauna (on the right) and the pool (on the left).
Ike's first carefully typed letter pleads, "How could you do this to me? This is a PRISON, not a school! You should see the other dogs. They are BAD DOGS, Mrs. LaRue! I do not fit in." Subsequent letters describe the staff ("The GUARDS here are all caught up in this 'good dog, bad dog' thing"), the "crimes" that landed him there ("I'd like to clear up some misconceptions about the Hibbins' cats. First, they are hardly the little angels Mrs. Hibbins makes them out to be. Second, how should I know what they were doing out on the fire escape in the middle of January? They were being a bit melodramatic, don't you think?"), and his eventual plans for escape ("I'm sorry it has come to this, since I am really a very good dog, but frankly you left me no choice"). Teague drew inspiration from a couple of sneaky dogs in his own life; kids and grownups reading Ike's tall tales might be reminded of loyal and misunderstood pooches of their own. (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes
You'll absolutely love this book whether you are a kid, parent, adult or dog lover!
A very funny story, which is only enhanced by the splendid illustrations provided by Teague, make this book a storytime winner!
Poor, misunderstood Ike has been sent off to the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy by his harried owner Mrs. Gertrude R. LaRue.
Every kid who has ever been to camp, got lonely and wanted to come home can relate to the storyline. Read morePublished 2 months ago by LJC
These engaging cartoon illustrations are move that half of the story. The tongue in cheek references are a real hoot for kids of all ages. Great for dog lovers. Read morePublished 6 months ago by C. C. Fischer
It is too much for small children to sit through. I read a lot to a two year old, a four year old and sometimes a 7 year old and they don't ask for this book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by g l crownover
In his Detective LaRue books, Mark Teague tells the story from multiple perspectives in both text and pictures. Read morePublished 8 months ago by My Two Cents
Enjoyed the humor of this book. Another selection I sent to my grandson I wasn't disappointed. Fun reading the antics of this cute pupPublished 9 months ago by Carolk
Not presidential. If there is any rascal in you you may enjoy Ike. Humor, adventure, fun foolishness. Nothing biting. No moral, lesson or advice. Just a great spoof. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Persop
Students love this book! I bought it for my collection of books I change out month by month. It offers a different "start of school" perspective.Published 15 months ago by Elizabeth Wineland