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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 360L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (October 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547242050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547242057
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,128,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

More About the Author

Eileen Christelow has created numerous fun and funny picture books, including the Five Little Monkeys series, Author, and most recently, Letters from a Desperate Dog. She and her husband, Ahren, live in Vermont. For more information visit www.christelow.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on October 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am a bit surprised that this follow up to Eileen Christelow's Letters from a Desperate Dog has not received more attention than it has. Ms. Christelow is an extremely talented writer of children's book and a very, very good artist and has been able to blend her writing, humor and art perfectly. Like Mark Teague in his popular "Dear Mrs. LaRue" books featuring one of my favorite canine characters, I Ike, Christelow is able to get inside the mind of a dog and react to the human world the way we can imagine a dog might. Being a dog owner all of my life...I can relate.

In this episode we find Emma (the dog, comfortably living the perfect lap with her human George the painter and her orange cat. All is well. Plenty of snacks, good T.V., everyone gets along, it is peaceful...well, life is just good!

"But one morning, my blissful life is turned upside down!" There is a stranger in the house - a woman! Emma tries to defend George from this invasive creature...she must save him! Well needless to say George is not all that grateful for being "saved" and Emma is told to leave the room...oh my. What to do, what to do?

Emma goes to the library where she normally goes for information and to use there computer. She writes a letter to the local advice dog at the paper...Queenie as king her what actions need to be taken.

What follows is a rather funny exchange of letters between Emma and Queenie; Queenie who is giving the advice with the rather slanted information supplied by Emma. Well things go from bad to worse when Emma in introduced to Loretta's dog...Loretta is the lady trying to ruin Emma's perfect life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LuAnn Schindler on February 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In this follow-up to Letters from a Desperate Dog, Eileen Christelow brings Emma the dog to life once again in The Desperate Dog Writes Again.

Emma the dog has a comfortable relationship and home with her human, George, and the family cat. When Loretta enters George's life, Emma resorts to consulting local canine advice columnist Queenie for tips to drive away Loretta. Emma's positive Loretta is a kidnapper since she hold George's hands, and Queenie instructs Emma to use naughty tricks to force Loretta off George's couch.

After Emma hides Loretta's purse and eats the cookies she's baked, George scolds Emma and shouts that she is a useless, horrible pet. Additional emails with Queenie say another dog believes there's a kidnapper named George who is threatening the dog's master.

Emma and Loretta's dog Hankie team up to break up the duo, but once the animal catcher spies the dogs, they hide out in a dumpster and pig out on pizza. Will Emma accept another human and fellow canine in her house? Yes, but she's not sure she wants to share the couch.

Christelow creates an engaging premise told in comic book format. The individual frames keep the reader engaged and focused on the action within each frame. The Desperate Dog Writes Again is a fun book that offers subtle themes of friendship and the animal-owner bond.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on December 2, 2011
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Emma, a dog, lives a good life with her owner George. One day she is afraid that will change when George finds a new girlfriend. Emma sets out to write "Dear Queenie" an advise columnist for animals. This might be a good choice to use in the classroom during a unit on letter writing.
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We just purchased this book after getting it from the library three weeks ago. We have read this book so many times that my daughter (almost five) has me point to the captions and she will recite them from memory. It's a sweet story, and very "realistic." The only downside is that there aren't a series of them! Really enjoyable, fast moving, and the child gets to think and look at reading in a really tangible way. What a great book. I hope Ms. Christelow is hard at work on another "Desperate Dog" book.
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