From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1—Emma lives contentedly with her human George, a painter, and an orange cat-until she spies a woman holding his hand. She laments, "A cloud casts a shadow over my happy life." As in Letters from a Desperate Dog
(Clarion, 2006), the pooch goes to the library seeking online help from "Ask Queenie." She follows the offered advice to derail the romance ("try wearing a good stinky perfume"), but neither Loretta (the alleged "kidnapper") nor her dog, Hankie, is deterred. Being on her worst behavior only lands Emma further in the doghouse. Back at the library, she discovers that Hankie has also been writing to Queenie about his problems with "an unfriendly, obnoxious, stuck-up mutt." A tumble in a Dumpster full of pizza brings the pair closer together, and when Emma realizes that Loretta is a chef she embraces the idea of her new blended family. In Christelow's comic-strip-style artwork, Emma's inner musings are revealed in thought bubbles. Readers will chuckle at the pup's flair for the melodramatic, but also relate to her feelings of jealousy and her need to belong.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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In this follow-up to Letters from a Desperate Dog (2006), canine Emma lives happily with her human, George. Then another human named Loretta comes along, and she keeps holding George’s hand. Convinced she needs to save George, Emma heads to the library and begins a desperate e-mail correspondence with Queenie, the canine advice columnist. After several amusing high jinks, Emma begins to adjust to her changed circumstances. Christelow’s exuberant comic-book art humorously shows Emma acting on Queenie’s consistently unsound advice. Young readers will enjoy this romp and perhaps reflect on how they can deal with changes of their own. Preschool-Grade 2. --Kat Kan