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Upchuck and the Rotten Willy Library Binding – April 25, 2008

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6?Chuck the cat has a fairly routine life. His person, Katie, treats him well, and he spends his days with his best friend, Tom the cat, taunting dogs. Chuck's life is unsettled by the death of his alleycat friend, Louie, who is hit by a car. It is further disrupted when Katie goes off to a place called "college," and again when Tom moves away. The lonely Chuck finds a new friend in a rottweiler whom Tom has maliciously named "Rotten Willy." Willy's person is also away at school, so the cat and dog discover that despite their differences, they have much in common. Told through the eyes of Chuck, the story has a chatty tone, but it gets off to a slow start, and the conclusion is predictable, particularly because of the cover artwork. Despite Chuck's amusing observations of people and other animals, the book lacks the strength of Russell Erickson's A Toad for Tuesday (Lothrop, 1974), which is better written and more aptly portrays an unlikely friendship between two dissimilar creatures.?Lucy Rafael, The Center for Early Education, West Hollywood, CA
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From Wallace (True Friends, 1994, etc.), a tale of interspecies friendship. Chuck the cat is lonely. His best friend, Tom, has moved away with his owners; another friend, Louie, was killed by a car; and Chuck's owner has gone off to college. Trapped on a tree branch for two days and nights by the poodles who moved into Tom's house, he is rescued by a kind-hearted rottweiler, Willy, who feeds and warms him before sending him back home. This tale, warmed by the patience of Willy, who perseveres in the face of feline prejudice, is told completely from the animals' perspective: They understand human language but can't read it or speak it. With the exception of Willy, it is not a particularly nice world; cats torment dogs, dogs--in turn--attempt to do cats in, cars come out of the ether to crumple the unwary, grudges hold, humans behave in inexplicable ways, and loneliness is bitter. As it should, friendship overcomes all; despite the unnecessarily pandering title, the book has a gentle message that comes through without treacle. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Library Binding: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-04-25 (April 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435264134
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435264137
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,969,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a story about how a cat and a dog can be friends. Upchuck is the cat and Rotten Willy is the dog. When Upchuck's friend moves away and his Katie goes to some place called College, he becomes lonely. So the only one to play with is Rotten Willy, a Rottweiler, "As big as a car and as black as death itself," but can he trust him to be his friend and not another stupid dog wanting to bite off his head and eat him for lunch?
If you want to find out, then you will have to read the book! It warmed my heart, and made me laugh. If you like books about animals and like to laugh, then this book is for you!
Heather Harger, age 10
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My 8 1/2 year old got this book and asked me to read it to him every night. I also fell in love with this book and it was so well written. I am now going to get all of the sequels to this book as a special surprise for Christmas. A story of friendship and sharing life together, it warmed our hearts. The book also kept us both in stitches. We would read paragraphs over and over just to get a good laugh! It was wonderful time together laughing and learning about what life as a cat would be. I loved the parts where the cats would make fun of the dogs.
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Upchuck and the Rotten Willy was the best book I ever read. It made me cry, it made me laugh, and it made me have a warm and fuzzy feeling inside all at the same time. If you haven't read this book you have got to read it! It is written from a cat's perspective who runs into lots of troubles, adventures, friendship, sadness and happiness.
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By A Customer on December 21, 1998
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This is the best book I have ever read! It is about a cat named Upchuck.When his friend gets "smooshed", and his other friend moves away,he has to deal with the Rotten Willy.
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By A Customer on May 31, 2001
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Yipee! This book takes off running and doesn't slow down. I had to get the sequels to get these characters out of my system. My 10 yr old son breezed through it and liked the character's antics and situations. I liked the friendship between the two unlikelys-the big dog is gentle while the little cat is spunky (a nice lesson in prejudice at a kid's level). There are no inappropriate scenes-can be read a bedtime! You finish the book on a high note and long for more from these two lovable pets!
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By A Customer on November 22, 2000
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I read this book with my 7 year old. It is a story that teaches children that things are not always what they seem. It's done with humor and in a way that they can understand. We laughed and laughed when the cats first met Rotten Willy, and we were very thoughtful as we talked about how it feels when a friend moves away. We enjoyed this story so much, that we're picking up his other two books!
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I love this book. I got it at a school book fair in 4th grade. I think all pet lovers, or any one that would like to read a good book, should read this one. Upchucks (Chuck) best friend moves away. One day his is stuck between to fences. The Rotten Willy (a kind dog), and the one that would like to bite Chucks head off. To find out what happens, You've Got To Read It Frist!
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A Kid's Review on February 8, 2006
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Have you ever thought of a cow in a cat's point of view? Well in the book Upchuck and the Rotten Willy you will find a lot of things in a cats point of view. In Chuck` s point of view if you haven't eaten spaghetti you haven't lived.

Have you ever just sat on a fence all morning telling jokes? Just hanging out with friends. If not, Chuck will tell you all about it. In this book at times I think Chuck talks and thinks like a person. He thinks about things that most people wouldn't thing twice about.

This book is really funny in the first part of the story when the 2 friends (Tom & Chuck) make fun of the dogs at the park. "Why are dogs noses so flat?" " From chasing parked cars."

If you like animals, horsing around, or if you like spaghetti this is the right book for YOU!
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