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Tricky Hardcover – Illustrated, October 15, 2017

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PreS-Gr 3— Duke, a man, and his dog, Tricky, work hard at playing tricks, cheating people, and generally being mean and greedy. When a new baker arrives in town, Duke and Tricky immediately steal a bunch of bread loves from her. One day, Duke steps out of the bakery to steal a newspaper and leaves Tricky alone with the baker, who pets the pup and gives him a treat. This act of kindness changes everything for the dog and he begins to wonder about the way he and Duke behave. When Duke destroys a beautiful cake that the baker has made, Tricky realizes that what he and Duke are doing is wrong. But of course, he can't really tell the man about his change of heart so he expresses himself in the only way he knows how: he plays tricks on his former partner. Duke is not happy to have been tricked. When he discovers that Tricky is responsible, he throws him out of the house. Left to his own devices, Tricky goes back to the bakery and follows the baker home, where he stays. Duke realizes that pulling pranks no longer has the same appeal when he's doing it alone. If an old dog can learn some new tricks, perhaps there's hope for Duke as well. Rust's art is attractive with the characters' faces being especially expressive. Colorful illustrations that expand and contract add to the power of the story. The writing and art complement each other beautifully with the straightforward text giving the story extra verve. The opportunities for discussions about kindness, second chances, and choices are legion. VERDICT This powerful story about kindness versus unkindness is a must-have for all libraries.— Heidi Grange, Summit Elementary School, Smithfield, UT

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"This book is a delight to read, with a fast-paced and amusing story. An added advantage is that it presents a life lesson in a light-hearted manner. Tricky is a book for all children's collections." ― Canadian Review of Materials

"Despite the clear demarcation of good and evil, debut talent Rust avoids smarminess with lots of slapstick energy, and by not insisting on Duke's conversion at the end (although she does hint at reform)." ― Publishers Weekly

"Their story is ultimately one of kindness and reform, so hilariously told that kids won't realize they've absorbed a behaviour lesson. Now that's a good trick." ― Booklist

"The animated illustrations are especially deft at showing small shifts in body language, making even the nasty Duke somewhat endearing....promising." ― Kirkus Reviews

"This powerful story about kindness versus unkindness is a must-have for all libraries." ― School Library Journal

"This is a beautifully illustrated picture book that eloquently teaches a valuable lesson... Recommended." ― School Library Connection

"Heartwarming and humorous, kids are going to love hearing this debut picture book. It is fun to read out loud, and its illustrations will have little ones giggling as it is shared." ― Sal's Fiction Addiction

Product details

  • Lexile measure : AD760L
  • Grade level : 1 - 3
  • Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
  • Hardcover : 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1771472529
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1771472524
  • Dimensions : 10.3 x 0.5 x 8.1 inches
  • Publisher : Owlkids; Illustrated edition (October 15, 2017)
  • Reading level : 3 - 7 years
  • Language: : English
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