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"I dare you to eat some dog food." How many times has a good friend or a cheeky little brother issued this dare. Too many to count, I'm sure. In Kibble Talk by Cynthia Port, the dare is issued to Tawny by her best friend Jenny who knows that Tawny will accept the challenge. Yes, she does, and things change fast and furiously. Immediately Jenny's dog begins talking to Tawny. Frightened, but keeping this horrible transformation to herself, Tawny runs home.
It is at home that the fun really begins for Tawny has a huge dog, a Great Dane with the improbable name of Dinky. Dinky becomes a major character in this story and a very colorful one. I think all kids would love a Dinky type dog in their lives.
It is through Dinky that we learn that Tawny can really talk, or read the thoughts of dogs. Their 'conversations' lead to many adventures. In a short time Tawny learns that Dinky, large as he is, really wants to be a small, cuddly lap dog. (Is this a comment on people in general, for so many of us want to be tall if we are short, short if we are tall, etc.?)Tawny tries to help Dinky achieve his dream and along the way they win a Dog Beauty Contest but almost lose a best friend. Jenny, still in the dark about the results of her dare, now feels displaced by a DOG! How humiliating.
In the end, everything works out, for Tawny, Jenny, and Dinky, but not before some hilarious episodes. A lot of the fun comes from the interaction of girl and dog. I think most children would love to be in Tawny's place, at least for a little while. I know most children would love the silliness of this book. It had me laughing out loud many times.
The book is well written and easy to read.Read more ›
Port captures Tawny's youthful voice perfectly, and it's impossible not to fall in love with the slobbery, wisecracking, sparkle-and-tiara-loving Dinky. The plot follows Dinky's determination to fulfill his dream, but it isn't all hijinks. Through Dinky, Tawny learns a lot - not only about Dinky and the other neighborhood pets and their secret desires, but about her evolving relationships with her parents and best friend. There is also a strong message of self-acceptance, a popular theme in books these days. I can't imagine any middle-grader (or adult, for that matter) not enjoying this funny and insightful story.
I truly loved this book. The writing is impeccable and the story itself is, well, hilarious. Tawny is a spunky, good-hearted kid who does her best to make things right--even when whatever can go wrong, does go wrong. Dinky is a lovable dog who doesn't let something as trivial as size or body shape get in the way of his heart's desire to be a lap dog. With words and phrases like "dogzilla" and "dogologist" or "Darn Well Please" mornings which is Tawny's family code name for days when the family is allowed to sleep in, I found myself chuckling throughout the story. The author's descriptions of the characters and day to day activities in Tawny's life are so well done, I felt myself slipping back to when I was a fourth grader!
Overall, this is an excellent book, terrific for dog lovers and non-dog lovers alike. I highly recommend this fun, funny, and ultimately heart-warming book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For those of us dog owners who ever have looked at your dog as he is staring at us and you could swear your dog just winked at you or you ever wondered what your dog was thinking,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anne
Though this book is written for a school-age audience, I guarantee that adults will enjoy it, as well. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paul Cwalina
Picked this up for my daughter and after she devoured it I pick it up myself. What an adorable story and clearly written by someone who spends a lot of time with preteen girls... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Loves To Read
I am WELL above middle-grade age (no, I'm not saying how far above), but I still love to dive into books in that genre, in the hopes that I'll find adorable stories like this one. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I alternated reading this aloud to my 8-year-old son and him reading it on his own. It was one of the few books that he'd beg to read on his own after I finished reading at night. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Chris
If you have children with an imagination know that they will love this book. Who hasn't, as a child, pretended they can understand what their pets are saying? Read morePublished 10 months ago by J Turner
Nine year-old Tawny is in a fix. Her best friend, Jenny, has dared her to eat a piece of dog food. So Tawny eats it, bleah, all the while looking at Jenny’s dog, Gunner, and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Happy Reader
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