Fenway and the Bone Thieves (Make Way for Fenway!)

by Victoria J Coe (Author) Joanne Lew-Vriethoff (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

The little dog with a GIANT personality from Fenway and Hattie is starring in his own chapter book series!

There's nothing better than a brand-new bone!

And nothing worse than sneaky squirrels trying to steal it! But Fenway is smarter than those squirrels, and he finds the perfect place to hide his bone. The only problem is the hiding place might be too hard for Fenway to find, too!

With an easy reading level and lively illustrations, emerging readers will be eager to get their paws on the Make Way for Fenway! chapter books.

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School Library Journal

Gr 1-3 The winsome Jack Russell terrier from the "Fenway and Hattie" series returns in two shorter books designed for newly independent readers ready for chapters. In the first book, Fenway buries his bone in the "perfect" garden spot, keeping it safe from sneaky squirrels. When he forgets the exact location, Fenway digs and digs before being reunited with his prized possession. In the second, more engaging story, Fenway's game of fetch is interrupted by a Rottweiler who receives praise for his frisbee-catching abilities. Fenway sets out to master this new skill, but his efforts fall short until he figures out a unique way to use the round disc. Narrated by Fenway, both stories rely on subtle humor to accentuate the differences between dog and human perception. When the delivery man brings a package, Fenway credits himself for getting the man to drop it and leave. When his own misdeeds land Hattie in a time-out, he wonders what she has done. Fenway names his humans using similar dog-centered logic: Mom is Food Lady and Dad is Fetch Man. Divided into 10 chapters of eight to 10 pages each, the books use simple but effective phrasing that includes mostly one- or two-syllable words. Expressive sketches with a charmingly retro feel appear every few pages, breaking up the full-page text and providing clues to Fenway's state of mind. VERDICT A good choice for dog lovers ready to dig into chapter books. Written from a dog's perspective, the jokes may elude some readers, but those who catch on will enjoy a good laugh.

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Victoria J Coe
Victoria J. Coe grew up in the seaside community of Duxbury, Massachusetts, and went on to live in New York and San Francisco, as well as large and small towns on both U.S. coasts. Her books for middle grade readers include the Global Read Aloud, Amazon Teacher's Pick, and One School, One Book favorite Fenway and Hattie as well as three Fenway and Hattie sequels. Make Way for Fenway! is her first chapter book series.

Born in Malaysia, Joanne Lew-Vriethoff grew up in Los Angeles and now divides her time between Amsterdam and Asia. She has worked in the television industry as a character and concept illustrator as well as in graphic design. Besides making art, Joanne loves exploring the world with her family, road trips, photography, cycling along the Amsterdam canals at midnight, snorkeling, day dreaming, collecting picture books and stationery, and loves K-pop and Jazz.
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Guided Reading Level
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication date
March 20, 2022
Make Way for Fenway!
BISAC categories
JUV039050 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emotions & Feelings
JUV002070 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
JUV045000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Chapter Books
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