Spunky tells all /

by Cameron, Ann; Castillo, Lauren [ill.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011Edition: 1st ed.Description: 105 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9780374380007; 0374380007.Subject(s): Dogs -- Juvenile fiction | Cats -- Juvenile fiction | Pets -- Juvenile fictionSummary: Called a troublemaker by his human family, a reflective dog defends himself and then relates the family's adoption of an aristocratic but incompetent cat, who gives him a life purpose and a new way of looking at his world.
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<p>Spunky the dog would be happy to share all of his secrets, if only his human family spoke his language. But no matter how hard he tries to talk, it's all "yerf!" to them. Through a series of unfortunate miscommunications, his family decides that Spunky wants a friend--specifically, a cat. Spunky can't imagine anything worse than having to share his family, especially Huey and Julian, with the snobby Balinese Fiona. But when headstrong Fiona keeps getting into trouble and it's up to Spunky tosave her, he is astonished to find that being her protector has given his life new purpose and meaning.</p> <p>The latest addition to the beloved Huey and Julian series, which includes the popular The Stories Julian Tells (featured on an Oprah.com summer reading list).</p>

School Library Journal starred, November 2011

Kirkus Starred, September 2011

Booklist, November 2011

Horn Book, November 2011

Bulletin (Center for Children's books), November 2011

Called a troublemaker by his human family, a reflective dog defends himself and then relates the family's adoption of an aristocratic but incompetent cat, who gives him a life purpose and a new way of looking at his world.

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Horn Book Review

Readers who know Julian and Huey (The Stories Julian Tells and The Stories Huey Tells, for example) will see them in a whole new light -- from the point of view of Huey's dog, Spunky. With a jacket showing a winsome pup only Cruella de Vil could dislike, this is a beginning chapter book that begs to be read. Short, near-episodic chapters (some plot threads are carried over several segments, but each chapter contains a satisfactory ending) give voice to Spunky's life with humans. Newly independent readers (who already know how to say and define most of the vocabulary words) will get to practice their context clues to identify the objects and places described from Spunky's point of view, such as the Food Board (kitchen table) or the Blanket Cave (Huey's bed) or the White Pond Room (you guess that one). Cameron also provides textual hints for deciphering unfamiliar words: "There was some kind of a problem...a cat emergency...a cat catastrophe. A cat cataclysm." Spunky explains his own instincts thorough ancestral canine myths, and he cements his love for Huey (which even exceeds his love for Hot Tamale Sauce Flavored Tortilla Chips) in a magical dream. Magical realism and mythology take beginning readers beyond the everyday occurrences usually covered in books written for them, and although the novel's arc is not as strong as its individual chapters, there's much to contemplate and enjoy here. betty carter (c) Copyright 2011. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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