A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Dips into the issues of pet adoption. Being a fun read, it may hook reluctant readers.
Teamwork and friendship are on display throughout, though there is some conspiring that leads to outright lying to save the puppies.
Positive Role Models
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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Some mild name-calling, including, "beast," "schizoid," and "sociopath."
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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.
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.
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