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Tricky Hardcover – Illustrated, October 15, 2017
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"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
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,054,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This story would make a great mentor text for different literacy skills. It can be used to inference, predict, theme or lesson etc. It can also be used in an art lesson teaching detail. This book could also be used when teaching about bullying, putting yourself in someone else's shoes (Golden Rule) and trying to change bad behaviours or habits. I loved the illustrations. They reminded me of old time cartoons with Snidley Whiplash. A great book for schools, classroom and home libraries.
Tricky is a very well written and entertaining story. This tale is rich with lessons. Namely, teaching us that even the worst people aren't really that bad.
Even though the words used in this tale are light and simple. There are clear hidden messages that force you to think things through a different light. Not to mention, the retro styled illustration is simply wonderful! If you look closely enough, the details in those drawings add more value and depth to the story.
This book makes me wonder, maybe Tricky was tricked into this life? After all, he's only a dog who was taught to live a certain way. But the moment he was shown a different, kinder path, he took it without hesitation. And isn't that just a representation of all of us? This just enforces the lesson: With kindness and opportunity, People can change for the better. So be kind.
I love this story, and I would undoubtedly recommend it!