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Rover Saves Christmas Hardcover – November 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books; 1st edition (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439305306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439305303
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Although most grownups know Roddy Doyle better from his Barrytown comic novels (including The Commitments), he's thankfully returned for a children's book follow-up to his ridiculously ridiculous The Giggler Treatment. What's the cast of kids from that nimble-witted book leaving on the mantel for Santa? One of their mother's cans of Guinness. Oh, and 27 cheese sandwiches (minus the crusts).

Doyle's decidedly Irish, self-referential silliness gets a workout on Christmas Eve as Robbie and Jimmy Mack find themselves "very bored and very excited" waiting for Christmas Day. They leave a carrot on the mantel, too, for Rudolph, but soon discover that the red-nosed reindeer's on strike. ("Look, man, next year, maybe," Rudolph tells Santa. "It's a mid-life thing. I need a rest.") So it's soon up to Rover, the smartest dog around, to save the day and lead Santa's sleigh. How smart is Rover? He's got "a brain the size of Africa tucked into a head the size of a baked potato." And like all dogs, Rover "pooed, yes, but then he sold his poo.... The fact is very few dogs are brainy enough to sell their poo."

Few holiday trips could possibly promise to be this fun and funny. In addition to throwaway references to poo and wee, Harry Potter, and "diet water," Doyle often talks straight to the reader ("Chapter Six--The Teenage Years: I don't want to be Chapter Six. I never asked to be Chapter Six.... You don't understand my music"). Captain Underpants fans and like-minded kids (and grownups) will appreciate such respect for their intelligence--and their sense of humor. (Ages 8 and older) --Paul Hughes

From Publishers Weekly

The cast of The Giggler Treatment makes a return engagement for the holidays in this invitingly loopy escapade. Rudolph languishes with the flu and Santa appeals to canine Rover and his young owners to take over for the evening. Doyle addresses readers directly on numerous occasions, and if the fun feels a little frenetically self-conscious at times, it's still enormously entertaining. Ajhar's frisky drawings add to the mayhem. Ages 8-12.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


More About the Author

Roddy Doyle is the author of eight novels, a collection of stories, and Rory & Ita, a memoir of his parents. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. He lives and works in Dublin.

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Don't worry if you dislike the ending of the book, for it offers a variety of conclusions for you to choose from.
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This book sparkles with a unique charm, from the off-the-wall characters to the ever recurring chapter 6.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Metta Bear on November 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Roddy Doyle has indeed done it again. This book ( a sequel to The Giggler Treatment) has all of the traits that made the original a must read book, wit, intelligence and a great sense of fun.
Rover is not your basic 'dog next door' and neither is the book. As you might expect, Rudolph has decided not to guide Santa's sleigh on Xmas Eve and it is up to Rover to make sure that all the good kids in the world get their toys.
If anyone has read "The Giggler Treatment" to know what to expect. A fun romp where the reader (from 8 to 80) never knows quite what is going to happen next, but that the gifts will arrive on time.
Unlike some authors Roddy Doyle does not insult his reader, while giving them an exciting and playful story.
Read the Giggler Treatment to your class first if you are a teacher like I am , and then expect your class to want this book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Emilia Palaveeva on November 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
THis book is FUNNY. I spotted it in the children's section in our bookstore and decided that it is somethign worth getting for my son (a couple of years will pass before he is old enough for ths, but as an ambitious mother I have already started building a library--I kow it is silly, but it is amazing how many really good children's books are rarely reprinted)
I read it and was laughing out loud. It is a simple story--Rudolph goes on strike and Santa needs to use Rover, the dog. The short chapters are hilarious, and the illustrations are beautiful. Some situations are absurd, and this absurdity is reinforced by the way the novel is structured (with recurring chapters and ads).
Doyle has a great, multi-layered sense of humor, that borh children and adults will enjoy. He reminded me a lot of Terry Pratchett.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book. It is so, so funny. It is a great Christmas book. I love the author, he writes really funny and entertaining books. I think it was as good as "The Giggler Treatment." I can't wait for his next book for kids.
Ethan Young age 7
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
i don't care what a lot of other people said, this book is really funny and i really liked it. so did my friends. it's definitely as good as the giggler treatment, maybe better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Do you like comedy, or laughing so hard you cry? If yes, read Rover Saves Christmas by: Roddy Doyle. If no, go find some other book.

What happen when Rudolph gets sick on Chtistmas Eve? Rover saves the day, with a little help from his friends. Can a dog make it all around the world in one night?

I think Roddy Doyle wrote this book because he nedded a good laugh.

This is the best book ever. It's so funny ( like S.N.L. for kids funny .) Even my mom likes it. So what are you waiting for? Go buy the book and read it!

P.S. : Read every page even 159.

P.S.S : Who are you? Who are you? Whhhooo aaarrreee yyyoooouu?!

P.S.S.S. : Bum - Bum! Bum - Bum!! Buuummm - Buummm!!!

You have to read the book to understand this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Rover Saves Christmas is about a dog named Rover who lives in Dublin with his friends. One day an elf showed up looking for Rover and told him that Santa needed him. So him , his friends, and the elf were off. when they got there they left emediatly. The rest of the night was incredable and they had a blast.

I think this is a great book for grades kindergarden through third.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Roddy Doyle became an instant hit with my nine year old (and thirteen year old) when we read 'The Giggler Treatment' together. A story whose central theme revolved around Mr Mack stepping into a pile of freshly laid poo and how Rover came to the rescue.
Consequently we immediately ordered the other two books in the series and we were not disappointed (they could have been longer). What is most enjoyable is how the characters all manage to have a say in how the story will proceed. One moment we are with Rover and the kids, the next moment the author (presumably Roddy is taking a coffee break while the story 'idles' and then suddenly Rover is egging the author to get back to his desk and continue writing. Wildy unpredictable - like Milligan but original. Highly recommended by both kids and myself
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