- Age Range: 7 and up
- Grade Level: 3 - 4
- Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (October 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0439305330
- ISBN-13: 978-0439305334
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,705,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rover Saves Christmas Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2003
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About the Author
RODDY DOYLE won the Booker Prize in 1993 for his adult novel, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. Once a Geography and English teacher in North Dublin, Roddy Doyle has written four novels for children. This is his first picture book.
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Rover is not your basic 'dog next door' and neither is the book. As you might expect, Rudolph has decided not to guide Santa's sleigh on Xmas Eve and it is up to Rover to make sure that all the good kids in the world get their toys.
If anyone has read "The Giggler Treatment" to know what to expect. A fun romp where the reader (from 8 to 80) never knows quite what is going to happen next, but that the gifts will arrive on time.
Unlike some authors Roddy Doyle does not insult his reader, while giving them an exciting and playful story.
Read the Giggler Treatment to your class first if you are a teacher like I am , and then expect your class to want this book!
I read it and was laughing out loud. It is a simple story--Rudolph goes on strike and Santa needs to use Rover, the dog. The short chapters are hilarious, and the illustrations are beautiful. Some situations are absurd, and this absurdity is reinforced by the way the novel is structured (with recurring chapters and ads).
Doyle has a great, multi-layered sense of humor, that borh children and adults will enjoy. He reminded me a lot of Terry Pratchett.
Consequently we immediately ordered the other two books in the series and we were not disappointed (they could have been longer). What is most enjoyable is how the characters all manage to have a say in how the story will proceed. One moment we are with Rover and the kids, the next moment the author (presumably Roddy is taking a coffee break while the story 'idles' and then suddenly Rover is egging the author to get back to his desk and continue writing. Wildy unpredictable - like Milligan but original. Highly recommended by both kids and myself