A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
This story's just for fun, not intended for learning.
Positive MessagesThe dogs stay together, putting friendship before satisfying their hunger. When Karen disappears, they set aside their quest and focus on rescuing her first.
Positive Role ModelsStick Dog is fairly patient with his friends, hearing them out even when they're headed off-track with absurd ideas. The dogs work together as a team. Stick Dog generously shares the hot dogs with the rival raccoons.
Parents Need to KnowParents need to know that Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog is about a group of stray dogs plotting to steal frankfurters from an unsuspecting vendor in the park. Unlike in the first book, Stick Dog -- wherein the dogs' intended targets freely gave the canines their food -- here the vendor ends up being tricked and the friends pull off the scheme. But Stick Dog shares the loot with hungry rivals. Baffled by the sight of a man exercising, some of the dogs assume he's doing a mating performance to get a girlfriend. When one of the dogs leaps out of an upper-story window, the narrator pauses the story to point out that kids should never try something similar. It's all silly fun, best for young kids and early and reluctant readers.
Is It Any Good?
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