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Grade 1-3–Narrated from a dogs point of view, this easy chapter book covers the hilarious antics of two canine friends who puzzle through and explain life with their masters. Even though this title is a follow-up to Down Girl and Sit: Smarter Than Squirrels (Marshall Cavendish, 2004), it stands alone. In one of the four episodes, the pups enjoy a car ride as their ticket to see the world. In another, while camping with her human, Down Girl turns into Wild Dog and stalks squirrels, surmising that they may be the creatures she had chased away from her home in the city. Then, she runs when a rabbit (What kind of squirrel was this?) twitches its nose. A small black-and-white illustration appears on almost every page, supporting the texts humor. Anyone who has owned a dog can relate to these tales. Children will be delightfully challenged by the perspective and ask for more.–Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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Gr. 1-3. This charming, hilarious follow-up to Smarter than Squirrels (2004) portrays the further adventures of canine protagonist-narrator Down Girl. A road trip to the beach with her owner, whom she calls Rruff; her best dog friend, Sit; and Sit's owner proves unexpectedly eventful as the dogs find themselves alone in a moving car, and curious Down Girl gets her nose pinched by a crab. A camping trip brings more excitement: singing at the campfire, eating hotdogs, and chasing squirrels. Even a car ride to the Lady in the White Coat for a nail trim isn't too bad: Down Girl gets a cookie and sees her despised feline neighbor, Here Kitty Kitty, contained in a carrier. Nolan's simple, peppy text is fun to read, and kids will enjoy Down Girl's escapades as well as her endearing naivete, which is visualized in witty, black-and-white art. Shelle Rosenfeld
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1st - 3rd
  • Series: Down Girl and Sit Series (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions; Reprint edition (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761455728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761455721
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Mehsikomer on May 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an adorable book from the first sentence in which the lead canine character declares "My name is Down Girl".

My young reader doesn't always like it when I tell her it's time to read, but she can't wait to get back to this book. She reads it out loud to me and we laugh together. Any book that can encourage a desire to read is a winner in my eyes!

I will be looking for other stories from this author!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
My seven-year-old triplet grandsons are hard to read to. They really would rather be playing computer games. But they roared with laughter with this book and the others by Lucy Nolan. They especially loved the bit where the dogs drive the car. I can actually entice them away from the computer and into my lap for a few minutes when I offer them stories of Down Girl and Sit. Since listening, they have decided that our Irish setter puppy, Buddy, really thinks his name is "Nobuddy".
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By Marisa on June 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Love it, Love it, Love it! I really loved reading this book and found myself smiling as I continued to read especially because I have a dog myself. Author Lucy Nolan did a great job in writing this book especially by putting it in the perspective of the dog. It gets you thinking if your own dog actually could have thoughts and intentions like Down Girl. I thought it was so cute how many times the dog tried to help his owner but was actually doing quite the opposite. This book can be enjoyed and easily read by many children. It was fun going through the adventures with Down Girl and his friend Sit.

The illustrations by Mike Reed help put you deeper into the mind of the dog as he goes through his adventures with Sit. The pictures make you understand why the dog comes to all of his conclusions to his actions. Great book to read for all ages especially those who have dogs as pets. I will definitely read more books from this series of Down Girl and Sit.
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Lucy Nolan, <strong>Down Girl and Sit, vol. 2: On the Road</strong> (Marshall Cavendish, 2005)

For some reason I didn't have it marked down on the TBR sheet that <em>On the Road</em> was book two of a series, so I read it without reading #1. Which I find annoying, but <em>On the Road</em> is a good enough stand-alone that if you (or your kid) hasn't read the first, it won't be a big deal. Down Girl and Sit are dogs, who assume those are their names because that's what the human who own them say to them most (Sit is Down Girl's next-door neighbor). The two of them are off for a car ride into the country that turns into a camping trip. Funny, unexpected, and kinda sweet. Will definitely hold the interest of beginning readers, and has enough slyness to keep the parents going through the inevitable repeated reads at bedtime. Recommended. *** ½
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Format: Paperback
What a GREAT book!!!! My daughter was in preschool when she brought this book home from her schools library for us to read. It was a hit!! Not only did she like it but her 3yr old sister did too. It had us laughing through the entire book and we cannot wait to read the other adventures Down Girl and Sit have. Our family gave this book 2 thumbs up!!!!!
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By Jennifer on May 30, 2014
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My kids really enjoyed this book. They liked that it was read on my kindle device. I find it very cute to get the story from the animals perspective.
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My granddaughter is a 2nd grader and she read this book to me. We laughed at the book. The chapters are more like short stories of the adventures of a dog and his owner when they go on short trips, the vets. etc. We read a chapter at a time for her reading requirement at school.
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By Amazon Customer on April 12, 2014
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I like these stories because they are funny. Down girl is funny because she doesn't understand anything going on. You should read this book. This was written by a 5 year old.
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