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

Book review by
Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Puppy caper adds to the drama of tween life in fun volume.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 12 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Dips into the issues of pet adoption. Being a fun read, it may hook reluctant readers.

Positive Messages

Teamwork and friendship are on display throughout, though there is some conspiring that leads to outright lying to save the puppies.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No one's really mean or nasty beyond the resident mean girl -- but even her armor shows sizable chinks. Most of the characters, even if they are one-dimensional, show positive traits.


An almost-kiss.


Some mild name-calling, including, "beast," "schizoid," and "sociopath."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter is the 10th volume in the popular Dork Diary series. The typical mean girl drama readers have come to expect continues, this time with a sizable dose of animal-related high jinks. There are boys and girls "liking" each other, as well as mentions of a kiss and an almost-kiss. A fluffy fan favorite, the Dork Diaries series has wide appeal and is great for getting reluctant readers aboard the book train.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysweet_lily_850 March 28, 2016

Dork Diaries: Tales from a NOT-So Perfect Pet Sitter

There was a delivery box to Fuzzy Friends. Guess what was inside, cute little puppies!! They were so adorable! Brandon loves to have more critters in the store... Continue reading
Adult Written byStacia7722 February 25, 2020

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 lesson... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byPocket Pigs November 29, 2020

One of The Most Problematic Book Series You Can Let Your Kids Read

I read this series when I was younger, and looking back, I got a lot of negative messages from these books. The only things that are important in life according... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byReader1234567890 December 6, 2017

Pretty Good Book

This book was pretty great. Im a teen myself, but I think that this book would appeal to kids grades 6+. It has an intersting plot and amazing characters that w... Continue reading

What's the story?

When Nikki and Brandon discover a litter of puppies their mom left at their favorite dog shelter, they must spring into action to take care of the dogs until they find homes for them. Unfortunately, that's not as easy as it sounds, as they have to hide the puppies for several days and keep Mackenzie from exposing their puppy plight. Will the puppies find homes, and will Nikki be able to keep her sanity?

Is it any good?

This volume is a nice departure from the typical mean-girl drama that dominates the Dork Diaries series. Concern for a litter of puppies that need homes adds to the over-the-top drama and fun that fans love about the series. There's some mean-girl behavior, but this time we get to find out the true motivation behind it, as the author further develops these characters. Overall, TALES FROM A NOT-SO-PERFECT PET SITTER is a fun, fluffy romp through middle school life that's dripping in both drama and sweetness.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how media portrays female relationships. Do you think reality TV and school-drama shows accurately portray friendships among girls?

  • Families also can talk about volunteerism and giving back to charities. What cause(s) can you support alone and with your family? What are some great places to volunteer for both kids and families in your area?

  • Nikki isn't the only one who worries about how people will view her -- MacKenzie feels the same way. What are effective ways to deal with insecurity without channeling it into mean-girl territory?

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