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Gr 4-6-Zelly Fried has problems. Her best friend is off at camp and hasn't written. Her Jewish family has recently moved to Vermont after the death of her grandmother, Bubbles. Her grandfather, Ace, is now living with them. And she wants a dog, but her parents won't let her have one. That's a lot for a 10-year-old (almost 11) to put up with. Then Ace comes up with an idea-a "practice dog." If Zelly can prove that she's responsible with the surrogate, surely she can convince her parents she's ready for the real thing. This explains why Zelly is dragging a plastic orange juice jug around town on a leash all summer. Is there humiliation involved? Of course. Will it be worth it? Who knows? Perl's fabulous story (Knopf, 2011) receives first-class treatment in this audio version. Abigail Revasch is amazing as she creates different voices and styles for each character. Ace's broad Jewish accent and his interfering, storytelling ways come across especially well here, as does the young but determined voice of Zelly. This delightful story will have listeners giggling, while rooting for Zelly's ultimate pet success.-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary, Federal Way, WAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
ERICA S. PERL is the author several picture books and the young adult novel Vintage Veronica, which Publishers Weekly called "wonderfully fun!" In addition to writing books, Erica works at First Book, the groundbreaking non-profit organization that has provided over 70 million brand new books to children in need. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.See all Editorial Reviews
I have nothing negative to say about this book. It was a nice story, well-written, with interesting characters, and realistic problems. Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. Tilman
I really liked this book . I liked the whole plan of it . I'm hoping to read the second book.Published 5 months ago by AMAZON Reviews
I really loved this book because you won't be able to predict everything out because the book isn't like that. I would recommend this book to any little kid that wants a dog.Published 5 months ago by MIKE DESOUZA
When I stared at the cover I thought it was not about a surprise dog! The book had lots of cool thing s inside but I thought it was extremely amazing!Published 5 months ago by Jacqueline M. Borree
This book was amazing!!!!! I thought it was funny and sad and it had determination. This book deserves this great ratingPublished 5 months ago by Bella
Entertaining and showed responsibility in a humorous way. Even adults like the book.
It was fun to make an OJ for real.
Made one for the school media center.