The story of a mischievous boy and his 'scapegoat' dog. Age group 3 plus.
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PreSchool-Grade 2-- Danny and his dog are inseparable companions. One day, when he's particularly bored, Danny engages in a number of activities that result in ever larger messes. Each time he is confronted by his mother, the boy invariably blames his dog with the refrain, "It was Jake!" When Danny is caught in his lie, an angry Mom sends him to bed supperless, but then relents with a sandwich and milk. The story concludes with Jake finally pulling a prank by taking the sandwich while Danny's back is turned. The light watercolor and pen illustrations are dwarfed on each page by the large size of the text. Because the pictures are small, it is often difficult to distinguish whether it's Danny or Jake misbehaving. The text lacks punch, and the characters are all somewhat one-dimensional and unrealistic. A better choice for dealing with dishonesty is Oppenheim's Rooter Remembers (Viking, 1990); for a canine with personality and clever antics, nothing beats Kellogg's "Pinkerton" (Dial). --Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI
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In an amusing alternative to the imaginary-friend scapegoat, Danny blames his misdemeanors on his huge, obliging dog until his mother calls a halt: ``Jake can't use scissors...and Jake can't dress himself!'' Danny, not Jake, is sent to bed supperless. His mother relents, but Jake inadvertently exacts fitting revenge: Danny's sandwich disappears, and this time Jake really is the culprit. Appropriately light-hearted illustrations round out the funny side of this slight but pleasing story. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Little Brown & Co (Juv). Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0316461202 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1031462
Book Description Little Brown & Co (Juv), 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110316461202