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No Dogs Allowed (Ready, Set, Dogs!) Hardcover – October 1, 2013
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From School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Dog-loving best friends Katie and Lucie live next door to one another in an apartment building with an unfortunate rule: NO DOGS ALLOWED. On a trip to the neighborhood thrift shop, the girls try on matching pink dog bone-shaped necklaces and discover that the jewelry holds the power to turn its wearers into dogs. Fortunately, they quickly figure out how to turn back into girls, and they have fun shape-shifting at will for the remainder of the story. Lucie and Katie join forces with two boys to write the winning submission for a local radio contest promoting Adopt-a-Dog Week. Back matter includes dog jokes, true stories about heroic dogs, and the authors' real-life dog ownership tales. Occasional black-and-white drawings highlight key characters and scenes, such as a humorous scene of the girls, in dog form, digging holes in a garden as their mothers look on with shocked expressions. This fun, quick read will have young dog lovers sitting up and begging for the next book in the series.—Amanda Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library, Madison, WI
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A trip to the thrift shop to fulfill an errand, however, results in an experience that casts their friendship in a new light, as a magical encounter with a pair of dog-bone necklaces turns them into dogs. Consequently, this is when the real fun begins. As dogs, the girls' sense of smell is so keen that everything smells good, even garbage! And they can hear better as dogs than humans. Ironically enough, these new abilities get them both into and out of trouble as they head out on various adventures.
This was an enjoyable and imaginative read from start to finish, and I could hardly put it down. My eight-year-old daughter recommended this book to me after having read it more than three times!
The girls' mothers are both single parents, living next-door in apartments. It is beneficial when books present different domestic situations, though it would have been useful to know how old the girls are. I didn't see an age or grade for the characters, although the recommended reading range is 6 to 9. Given that young readers want to read about slightly older protagonists, Kate and Lucie may be as young as 8. That would make the girls' independence a trifle troubling. For example, they walk to the thrift store alone (without parents). How safe is "Tuckertown"?
Fictional caregiving concerns notwithstanding, the story is enjoyable, though obviously intended for a female audience. The vocabulary is repetitious: lots of pink and sparkly. It is unusual for such a book to be co-written by two authors, however this does not detract from the story's flow. I found it confusing that the story involves a radio DJ, and one of the boy characters is named DJ. Finally, the sequel is titled "Teacher's Pets" but maybe should have been titled "Dog Detectives" (see Chapter 12).
3 ½ stars
[The reviewer was provided with a complimentary copy of the book.]