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K-Gr 2-This is a sweet story about a Dalmatian named Poppy and her seaside vacation with her family. Divided into small chapters, the tale starts with Poppy getting a pirate scarf at a local shop. Once it is tied around her neck, she takes on the demeanor of her inner pirate and begins searching for the perfect vessel. As their vacation unfolds, Mom, Dad, and the kids enjoy a fishing excursion, pedal boats, speedboats, and even a boat that spots "sea monsters," none of which suit the pup. It is only when her humans do a bit of research that they come up with the ideal way to spend their last day. "We've found Poppy's perfect pirate ship! It's exactly the right size, it's not too fast, and there are no big scary sea monsters." Phillips's playful illustrations rendered in ink and watercolors provide strong context for assistance with word recognition, comprehension, and fluency. In the same vein as Cynthia Rylant's "Henry and Mudge" books (S & S), this well-crafted title is sure to be a hit with early readers.-Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MIα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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While on vacation with her family, Suzy, a dalmatian, decides she loves her new skull-and-crossbones bandanna so much that she needs a persona to match. And so she becomes Poppy the Pirate Dog. Though Poppy dreams of adventures on the high seas, in reality, a fishing-boat jaunt leaves her feeling wet and wobbly. Short voyages on a seal-spotting boat, a pedal boat, and a speed boat don’t suit her, either. Dejected, she wonders if she is a pirate dog. Finally, her sympathetic family finds just the right vessel to enjoy with Poppy. Best known for writing the Emily Windsnap series, Kessler offers an amusing tale for readers who are beyond the beginning stage but not quite ready for full-length chapter books. With its good pacing and appealing artwork, the episodic story also works well as a read-aloud choice. Phillips, who clearly understands canine body language, contributes a series of expressive ink-and-watercolor illustrations that brighten the pages while heightening the humor. Engaging fare for young readers. Grades K-3. --Carolyn Phelan

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 0540 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076366569X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763665692
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,124,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Liz Kessler used to live in Manchester but had taken a year off to travel around Europe in a camper van. She studied English at Loughborough University, has worked as a teacher and a journalist and has an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University.

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The fun story is about the Brown family (Mom, Dad, Tim, and Suzy) going on a seaside vacation for a week with their Dalmatian dog called Poppy. Upon arrival at the harbor, Poppy is anxiously trying to observe her surroundings by pulling and tugging on her leash.

Suddenly, Poppy's leash gets mistakenly caught around a hat stand causing a scarf to fall to the ground. The scarf is black and white designed with skulls and crossbones. Poppy picks up the scarf with her mouth. Dad decides to purchase the scarf for Poppy and a new hat for Mom. Suzy ties the skulls and crossbones scarf around Poppy’s neck. Poppy has now become the Pirate dog.
One of my favorite parts of the story is the illustration showing Poppy and Tim comfortably cuddling together looking at pictures in his book about pirates. I also liked seeing Mom, Dad, Tim and Suzy searching through magazines and pamphlets, hoping to find the perfect pirate ship to lift Poppy's spirits.

I feel young readers will enjoy reading this story that’s filled with colorful entertaining illustrations on each page. The story also makes for a good read-aloud book for children and parents. Therefore, I’m giving Poppy the Pirate Dog a rating of five stars.

Review by Cyrus S., age 7, Greater New York Mensa
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On a family vacation to the coast, the Brown family’s dog, Poppy the dalmatian, falls in love with a skulls-and-crossbones scarf. So they buy it for her and give her a nickname: Poppy the Pirate Dog! Poppy knows all about pirates. She has a week to find her perfect pirate ship. The family books a number of boating trips; which one will be the kind of ship for a pirate dog?

Liz Kessler has created a character children will adore with “Poppy the Pirate Dog.” This cute chapter book, geared towards beginning readers, is simply written and full of fun accompanying illustrations to help keep little ones engaged. The story is cute, and will appeal to readers of all kinds, including those who aren’t anywhere close to being able to read it themselves! This is a fun little book that children will want to read over and over again.

Book originally reviewed for San Diego Book Review.
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My 4 year old grandson loved this first chapter book! Great story for little ones getting out of picture books! Highly recommended!
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