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PreSchool-K–Emma, a Beagle-like mutt, feels that she is sorely unappreciated and misunderstood by her owner, George, who yells at her for sleeping on the sofa, barking to communicate with the dog next door, and getting into the garbage. The demoralized Emma goes to the library to e-mail the canine advice columnist who writes Ask Queenie for the Weekly Bone. Several electronic exchanges result in several suggestions, but George continues to find fault. Queenie then advises getting a job, and Emma auditions for an actor's role that requires lying on the couch–something she knows she's good at. Before she can think, she's whisked out of town with the traveling theater troupe. While she becomes a big star, she can't help but wonder whether or not her owner misses her. When they are reunited, George's joy is evident–until Emma manages to lock him out of his truck and chews on his hat. But absence has made the heart grow fonder, and they've now agreed to put up with one another. Children will find humor in Emma's trip to the library to use the computer, identify with her on those days when she can't seem to do anything right, and experience relief that George loves her no matter what. Colorful, action-filled cartoon art, often featuring several panels per page, accompanies the brief text.–Nancy Silverrod, San Francisco Public Library
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Emma, a peppy brown-and-white dog lives with a painter, George, and his cat. Although usually they get along, tensions do arise. George doesn't like the way Emma barks, gets into the trash, and messes up his painting. In desperation, Emma turns to Queenie, a doggy-advice columnist in the Weekly Bone. Queenie has lots of good suggestions (always ending with the admonition, "Keep that tail wagging"), but whether she advises Emma to keep George's spirits up, to work around the house, or to take a job as an actor, Emma finds there are always unintended consequences. This is a delightful romp, and Christelow shows Emma's story off to great advantage in an oversize format with comic-book-style watercolor art featuring dogs, cats, and people popping out of the pictures' borders. And along with all the silly fun, there are also some heartfelt messages about friendship and the bond between animals and their human companions. -- Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (October 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618510036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618510030
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 9.5 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emma is a dog with human problems.

Most of the time, life with her human, George, is great, but as every pet (and pet parent) knows, there are days when the kibble hit the fan, and Emma’s overall a good dog, she makes her share of missteps, though George’s temperamental nature doesn't help!
(He’s an artist, they can be moody sometimes…)

Emma, both heartbroken and furious, finally decides it’s time to get some help, in the form of “Dear Queenie.” Queenie's a canine advice columnist, who gives sassy and succinct counsel to pets at the end of their proverbial rope, and under the alias “Desperate Dog” Emma begins a string of correspondence between herself and Queenie, that ultimately leads her to leave George’s home to the cat and be her own dog!

Best known for her “Five Little Monkeys” series, author-illustrator Eileen Christelow brings us a funny and fast-paced tale that dog lovers everywhere will find as much truth as there is fiction.

Inspired by the exploits of the “Original Emma” (the author’s dog who sadly died in 2013) Eileen’s frenetic yet warm illustrations reflect inviting yet quirky tones of the story, fans of “Martha Speaks” will definitely take to Emma’s direct and spunky voice.

The use of the comic panel format (similar to “There’s A Wolf at the Door”) adds a fun twist that is well executed. If you’ve got pups of your own, who are hard-pressed to read (or have read to them) anything in non-comic format, this book surely delight.

As an author myself, I know there are often callous jokes in publishing about authors advised not write about their dogs, if Eileen heard this counsel, I’m SO GLAD she didn’t listen to them!
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unless you have a vivid and corny imagination I would avoid this book. The book supposed that a dog can type and writes letters of complaint about the miserable life it leads. I never read it to children because I thought
It was too ridiculous. I gave the book away to a dog lover.
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My girls loved this book and immediately began writing letters modeled on the dog featured in the book. Really fun.
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By rowenta on February 4, 2015
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No complaints.
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