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The Chihuahua Chase Hardcover – June 8, 2010

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Grade 3–4—Teddy's dog, one of the fastest Chihuahuas in Salt Lake City, has disappeared before the first annual Chihuahua Race. Fourth-graders Addie May and Teddy have had their differences in the past, but they are willing to work together to find Phantom. While they disagree on what happened to the animal and who should be on the suspect list, they question everyone with a motive and involve Addie May's mom and the police when they suspect dognapping. The black-and-white illustrations, some full page, draw attention to some pivotal scenes. The Chihuahua Chase won't make readers laugh like Darrel Odgers and Sally Odgers's "Jack Russell: Dog Detective" books (Kane/Miller) do, but beginning chapter-book readers who are looking for an uncomplicated mystery/dog/friendship story may find this book to their liking.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
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Asking the kinds of questions her crime-reporter mother would ask and following every lead, fourth-grader Addie May finds classmate Teddy Krebs’ missing Chihuahua. On top of that, she figures out why Teddy has been bullying her. This straightforward middle-grade mystery is set in a contemporary world in which young people send instant messages and have enough independence to take a public bus. Family relationships and classroom situations ring true, but readers (or, more likely, adults) in some parts of the country may be taken aback by fourth-graders thinking about being in love. Cannon gives her young readers something more substantive to ponder: how does a person turn into someone who would take someone else’s dog? She offers two different examples in place of a pat answer. Each of the 20 short chapters includes a black-and-white illustration by Olson, many showing Chihuahuas with big ears and winning smiles. With believable dialogue and flashes of humor, this is an undemanding and satisfying read. Grades 3-5. --Kathleen Isaacs
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374312591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374312596
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,475,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great story for young readers. For those who enjoy mystery, relationships, and pets. A.E. Cannon goes beyond a typical story and gives her characters life and complexity.

Julie Olsen filled the book with soft, telling pictures. A great marriage between literature and art.
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Chihuahuas have gone missing from Salt Lake City. Who is responsible for their losses? Can it be Zack Rust, whose chihuahua has won all the preliminary heats for the Liberty Park chihuahua races but is beaten by Teddy Kreps' chihuahua in the final preliminary race? Is it Sandra Hopkins, President of Save the Chihuahuas? It's up to Addie May Jones to put her detection skills to use to find out who's behind the heists in A. E. Cannon's The Chihuahua Chase.

Told in the first person point of view, I felt like I was Addie May detecting, fighting with Teddy Kreps, and dealing with her unrequited love for Zack, Addie May is an unforgettable character. She has an unusual way of looking at things and making comparisons. Though she may not like the questions or the answers she receives Addie May continues her search for the missing dogs. Will she succeed?

I loved the comparisons A. E. Cannon makes through this tale. I laughed out loud at them. There is nothing clichéd about The Chihuahua Chase. It's a cute, easy to read tale which includes drawings. You and your children will enjoy it.
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I am reading this book with my son. We both love it. The story and the humor are authentic. Often with early readers things are overly stylized or packaged. This is a book that isn't afraid to show the cranky, confusing, and often awesome parts of being a kid.
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My daughter and I are veyr big Chihuahua fans, having 4 of our own..LOL. We love this story! Recommend to any dog lover!
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By Kris M. on December 23, 2014
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Bought this for my niece! She has not opened it yet but I really am happy with the purchase!
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