Dork Diaries 10: Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter

Book review by Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
Dork Diaries 10: Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 9+

Puppy caper adds to the drama of tween life in fun volume.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 14 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Not so sure...

Talked with my daughter about this book. After reading reviews from some of the other books in this series, I became concerned that there may be some bad lessons being inadvertently taught by the author... at least I HOPE it's inadvertent. I asked my daughter, age 11, what she thought of the main character, Nikki, and if she ever read anything that Nikki did that we would not approve of. Apparently, at one point in the book, Nikki is told by her mother that no dogs are allowed in the house because they just got new carpet (or furniture, not quite sure which). Well, Nikki decided to disobey to save the puppies. ... okay, not terrible yet... However, at no point, according to my daughter, did Nikki ever confess to her disobedience, or get caught. The author completely missed a golden opportunity to explain that there may be times in life as a child or teenager when you would have a completely valid reason to disobey parent or adult, and then show how to talk to the adult about your actions and take responsibility for it. NOOOOOOO... she skips right on by that, Nikki gets away with it, never confesses, and in the end is rewarded with her very own puppy. I haven't taken the books away from my daughter, but I will be sure to talk with her more about them. For now, I told her to read it as a story about a made up person in a made up world and NOT as an example of how to behave or how the world works.
age 10+

Tales From A Satisfied Aunt!

My pre-teen niece has a birthday this month, and she put this on her wishlist. My brother and sister in-law (known as "Mom" and "Dad to my niece) have never heard of this series, so they asked me to get a copy from the library and see if it was an appropriate gift. It was a very good choice. I loved that there was very little mean girl drama, and that Nikki and Brianna got a puppy at the end! My niece will be delighted when she opens her package to see thie wonderful book inside on September 30th!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages

Book Details

Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love stories andbout friendship and middle school

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon picture of a dog and mouse
    Cats, Dogs, and Mice
    See all
  • Cartoon hands high fiving
    Friendship
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate