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The Invisible Dog Paperback – May 10, 1995

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From Publishers Weekly

King-Smith produces another winner with this latest animal yarn starring a lovable little girl with a jumbo-size dream. Rupert, the family dog, has long been in his grave when Janie discovers his collar in the garage. Knowing her parents would never buy another Great Dane (they are too expensive to feed), the determined eight-year-old decides to invent a pet of her own. Enter Henry, the invisible dog who eats invisible food purchased with invisible money . . . . What follows is a captivating conglomeration of propitious events, acts of fate and magical brewings which lead to Henry's metamorphosis into a real live dog. Like its predecessors, including Babe the Gallant Pig , Pretty Polly and Paddy's Pot of Gold , this slim volume is chock-full of warmth, zany imagination and soft-hearted irony. This novel will appeal to animal lovers of all ages, and also to those who believe or fervently hope that wishes can come true. Ages 7-10.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Kindergarten-Grade 2-- A beginning chapter book that is well up to King-Smith's usual high standards. Janie is nearly eight-years-old and can barely remember her family Great Dane that died when she was two. She longs for another pet, but her parents insist that they no longer have the time or the money for such a large dog. Janie finds Rupert's collar and leash hanging in the garage and begins an elaborate game of pretending to have an imaginary dog. She meets an elderly neighbor who enters into the fun. How Janie succeeds in finding, first, the money she needs, and then, her flesh-and-blood Great Dane makes a marvelously unpredictable tale, and one that ends with a tantalizing bit of ambiguity. The author has the ability to round out characters in just a few well-chosen words. A fine choice for newly independent readers or as a classroom read-aloud. Children will beg for more. --Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, Allen, TX
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; 1st Yearling ed edition (May 10, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679870415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679870418
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dick King-Smith was a farmer for twenty years before becoming a writer, and most of his animal stories are based on his farming experiences. He won the Guardian Award with The Sheep-Pig, which became the blockbuster film Babe. Dick lives in Gloucestershire.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on December 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is a great choice for that first or second grader who reads WAY above grade level. It's funny, with a plot, it is not obviously vocabulary-leveled, and there's a bit of a mystery.

Parent note: in the context of judging a dog show, this book uses the word "bitch" -- appropriately. However, that is a Forbidden Word in some households, so I wanted to mention it.

vocabulary includes: invisible, straightening, positioned, volley, harlequin, dangling

Also recommend: Bunnicula Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery (Bunnicula and Friends)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A 10-year old reader on November 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is about a girl named Janie who finds a collar that belonged to her Great Dane, Rupert, who died when she was younger.
She carries it with her down the street. Mrs. Garrow, one of her neighbors, sees her and makes believe that she is petting a dog and gives Janie compliments on it. So Janie names her invisible harlequin Great Dane, Henry. She takes him everywhere she goes except school.
When her birthday comes her parents surprise her and take her to a dog show. She hopes the Harlequin Great Dane will win.
Read the book to find out who wins the show, what Mrs. Garrow finds in the teacup and how Janie's dream of owning a Great Dane comes true.
If you enjoy books that you can't put down, you'll love this one. I really love books about dogs so that is why I would recommend it to others who love dog stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James N Simpson on April 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
The author of the junior novel which the film Babe was based on has written a great tale about a dog named Henry. The Invisible Dog is a quick and simple read that both children and adults will enjoy. There are also a few illustrations inside as well.

Henry is a Great Dane and only a little girl named Janie and an old lady at the end of the street can see him. To everyone else Henry is invisible at a disturbing at times imagination of Janie who just seems to be carrying the family's dead dog's collar around the place. Janie knows Henry is real, she feeds it invisible food and cleans up its invisible waste and her father has told if she can raise $500 they'll get a dog everyone can see. Janie is very specific though, she knows the colour and everything that the dog they will get will be, because she's been walking it everyday for a long time now.
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By Sam on April 10, 2014
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My 10 year old - a dog lover - and I enjoyed this sweet book about a little girl who longs for a dog and believes she has one on the end of a leash, until she does indeed get a visible one.
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By Keitha Williams on January 7, 2014
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I bought the invisible dog leash as a joke and the book fit right in with what I was doing
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill on August 27, 2006
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I am always looking for "animal" stories to interest my daughter. This author has written many stories that keep her interest and The Invisible Dog is no exception. The story is simple, a girl wants a dog, her parents are reluctant. The girl finds an old collar and leash and imagines her pet. Through a series of remarkable coincidences, her dream comes true at the end of the story.
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