Good Dog, Aggie by Lori Ries

Ben has a dog named Aggie. Aggie needs some training.  She doesn’t listen.  Ben takes Aggie to dog training class where Aggie causes chaos of all kinds.  Ben learns that he will have to practice with Aggie is she is going to learn.  Along the way, Ben meets many different kinds of people who are eager to see Aggie’s tricks.  Aggie needs lots of practice!  Finally, after chasing cats and hats and other things, Ben finally finds the thing that will help Aggie sit and stay.  Once that happens, both Aggie and Ben have success.

Dogs seem to be popular this year and this story, told in three chapters, is excellent.    This is more of a story than the other easy readers in my Cybils list.  It feels like a complete story, rather than an episode.  The pictures are whimsical and assist the reader in what the text is saying.  The text is repetitive but not redundant.  I enjoyed this very much.

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About SH

I'm a children's librarian in the western suburbs of Chicago. I've been involved with children's literature since working in a children's bookstore in 1990.
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