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

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

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

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age 11+

Based on 3 parent 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!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (13 ):

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.

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