Izzy's Tail of Trouble (Izzy)

by Caroline Adderson (Author) Kelly Collier (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: The Izzy

Isabel, Zoë and Rollo are back! But, this time, Isabel's sweet little puppy is turning into a dog she can't recognize. So, who's in the doghouse now?

Isabel's dog, Rollo -- "the cutest, funniest puppy" ever -- just doesn't seem like himself these days. For starters, he doesn't fit into any of her best friend Zoë's doll clothes anymore when they try to play baby with him. But worse, he keeps doing things that get him into a very big amount of trouble. Like, even when both girls are holding his leash, he manages to jerk loose to chase a squirrel -- then keeps running! And, when no one's looking, he eats everyone's ice cream, right off the table! Sure, Isabel bent the rules (or, um, had no rules?) for Rollo when he was a baby. But now he's a teenager -- and he's out of control!! Is there a cure for this?

Caroline Adderson, author of the Jasper John Dooley series, where Isabel was introduced, has created another pitch-perfect early chapter book series starring a hilarious, irrepressible and lovable hero. The short chapters, loads of humor and hijinks and fun illustrations by Kelly Collier on almost every spread are just right for early readers. And the quirky details, well-drawn cast of characters and one-of-a-kind perspective are sure to leave them begging for more the next Izzy adventure.

This title is sure to resonate with any child who has ever dealt with an unexpectedly challenging pet. With its focus on social-emotional growth and development, it will spark lively discussions about growing up and taking responsibility.

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Gr 1-3--Izzy and her pup are back and facing new challenges in this silly sequel to Izzy in the Doghouse. Izzy and her friend Zoe love to play pretend with Rolo the dog, forcing him into baby clothes and pushing him around in the stroller. They love waiting for Zoe's big brother Lionel to pop out and play "Baby Stealer" so they can chase him all around. But things are changing: suddenly Rolo is getting too big and too strong to play "baby" anymore, choosing instead to pull on the leash and chase squirrels. Lionel is suddenly too cool to play with them, choosing instead to mope around in a bad mood. Zoe says Lionel is a teenager now, which makes Izzy wonder if Rolo could be a teenager, too! This funny, thoughtful tale successfully evokes the mix of emotions that come from growing up and facing changes, whether or not you are ready for them. Adderson adeptly weaves a positive message about perseverance into the antics of Izzy and Rolo, while Collier's illustrations capture the zaniness and heart of the characters. VERDICT A gentle tale for dog lovers and newly confident readers alike. Recommended for purchase where beginning chapter book series are popular.--Kristy Pasquariello

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An endearing, energetic take on chapter books for transitioning readers.—Kirkus Reviews (Praise for Izzy in the Doghouse)
Caroline Adderson
Caroline Adderson is the acclaimed, award-winning author of the Jasper John Dooley series, as well as many other books for readers of all ages. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and her disobedient Jack Russell terrier, Arlo.
Kelly Collier has been drawing since she was little and studied illustration in college. She is the author-illustrator of A Horse Named Steve and Team Steve, and the illustrator of Sloth and Squirrel in a Pickle and the Izzy series. She has an identical twin sister and an older brother. The idea for A Horse Named Steve came from a doodle she did to fill a small empty frame at home. Kelly lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and daughter.
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Guided Reading Level
Kids Can Press
Publication date
September 20, 2022
The Izzy
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002190 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Pets
JUV045000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Chapter Books
Library of Congress categories

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