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Jun 14 2018

My (almost) perfect puppy by Meredith Costain and Danielle McDonald

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Olivia's secret scribbles. Scholastic, 2018. ISBN 9781760277079
(Age: 6-8) Recommended. Themes: Pets. Friendship. Therapy pets. Diaries. Olivia likes to record important things in her Big Book of Private Secrets. But they are not so secret... because we get to read them! In this book, Ella's younger sister Olivia shares about her friendship with her 'across the back fence' friend Matilda, her struggles with her siblings (especially Ella), and all about her not-so-perfect pet puppy, Bob. Bob gets into rubbish bins, is too energetic and makes life very difficult when he visits Great-Nanna Peggy in her home at Golden Gardens (a 'golden oldies' home). Bob does eventually redeem himself, but not without first creating havoc.
This book will be enjoyed by young female readers as Olivia branches out on her own away from her sister Ella. This is an easy chapter book with naive cartoon-style drawings (with pink highlights) and a simple view of life and problems.
Recommended for readers aged 6-8.
Carolyn Hull

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