From School Library Journal
Grade 2-3-Rosie, a lively pup, lives with Mommy, Daddy, Duff, and Jessie. In the first of three related stories that use short sentences and simple language, the family eats breakfast, insisting that their pet wait to be fed until they are finished. In a minute-by-minute account of the meal, Duff tries to negotiate a moneymaking opportunity to wash the family car and announces that he wants to be called Peter; Jessie resists eating; Mommy pats hungry Rosie on the head, and more. Children are sure to be confused-or as impatient as the dog-about why she has to wait. In the second tale, the dog is home alone, and she investigates the food smells "from the tall thing kept under the sink." Mommy returns to a mess, angrily saying, "You're a very bad dog." "Out, Rosie. You are evil and wicked." Back inside and left alone again, the pet digs into the garbage, making another mess and later prompting anger from Daddy and the children. Mommy finally places a large spoon through the cabinet handles to block Rosie from the trash. In the last story, after dinner the pup joins the family workout as they watch a Jane Fonda exercise tape, which makes everyone laugh. Despite Smith's appealing, boldly colored illustrations, children may not have the heart to read to the end to witness the family's love of Rosie.Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI
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Gr. 1-3. Award-winning YA novelist Voigt turns to a younger audience who are making the transition to chapter books. Rosie the dog takes center stage as she romps through the day with its ups and downs. In "Good Morning, Rosie," she waits for everyone else before she gets her breakfast, unsuccessfully trying to hurry her humans by barking their words back to them. She gets into trouble in "Hold the Fort, Rosie!" when she attempts to knock over the trash. And in the hilarious final story, "Let's Get Some Exercise, Rosie!" she gamely follows along as Mommy and the two kids exercise in front of the TV. Voigt cleverly uses Rosie's repetition of words to create a feeling of success in new readers. Just the right amount of illustrations delightfully capture Rosie's antics. Louise BrueggemanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved