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The Boy Who Ate Dog Biscuits
Contributor(s): Sachs, Betsy, Apple, Margot (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0394847784     ISBN-13: 9780394847788
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 1989
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Annotation: Billy Getten really wants a dog. He's so dog crazy that he eats dog biscuits! But Billy's parents won't give in. They say he's too irresponsible. Then Billy meets the dog of his dreams. Can Billy convince his parents that he's ready for a pet before the most wonderful dog in the world gets adopted by someone else?
"This short chapter book offers good role models; strong, three-generational family relationships; and a smooth message about friendship. The soft, expressive black-line drawings will help draw readers."--"Booklist

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Babies; Fiction.
Brothers and sisters; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Family
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 89003905
Lexile Measure: 330
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: Stepping Stone Book
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.25" W x 0.25" (0.15 lbs) 62 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 404
Reading Level: 2.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q01504
Reading Level: 3.1   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 3.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Billy Getten really wants a dog. He' s so dog crazy that he eats dog biscuits But Billy' s parents won' t give in. They say he' s too irresponsible. Then Billy meets the dog of his dreams. Can Billy convince his parents that he' s ready for a pet before the most wonderful dog in the world gets adopted by someone else?
" This short chapter book offers good role models; strong, three-generational family relationships; and a smooth message about friendship. The soft, expressive black-line drawings will help draw readers." -- "Booklist"

Contributor Bio(s): Betsy Sachs is the author of Mountain Bike Madness and The Boy Who Ate Dog Biscuits, which was inspired by her biscuit-eating cousin. She lives in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Spring)
Billy would rather have a dog than a new baby sister. Once Billy's grandfather teaches him about helping with the baby, Billy's parents agree that he is responsible enough for a dog, too. This pleasant, short chapter book has a fast plot, realistic situations, and enough expressive illustrations to satisfy the inten?ed audience. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1989 February)
Gr 2-4-- A disjointed story about the summer days of a soon-to-be-third-grader who wants a dog. Plot development is fragmented and illogical at times. The inconsistent characterization of the parents sends mixed messages about their son, whom they think needs improvement before he is allowed to have a pet. Billy is a likable, regular kid, and one whom other kids would like to know. His parents call him ``irresponsible,'' but all summer they have trusted him to walk blocks, cross at the light, and spend his free time with the local veterinarian, exercising her strays. When Billy's grandfather comes to visit, he see the responsible side of his grandson, and Billy's favorite stray is brought home to him. Young readers may accept the parental incongruities as normal, but the book is unnecessary in most library collections. --Ellen Dibner, East School, Long Beach, NY Copyright 1989 Cahners Business Information.
 
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