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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.
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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?
- Author: Rachel Renee Russell
- Illustrator: Rachel Renee Russell
- Genre: School
- Topics: Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Friendship, Misfits and Underdogs
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Aladdin
- Publication date: October 20, 2015
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 13
- Number of pages: 320
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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