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Author: Jackie Urbanovic

Illustrator: Jackie Urbanovic

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: When Anabel, Bordy's niece comes for a visit, it is hard to keep her out of trouble. Bordy (a dog) gets help from his friends when they play dress up and hide and seek with her. As hard as they all try they can’t keep her from finding trouble! This picture book offers a humorous look at mischief and friendship.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 7; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 1.8

Age of Child: Read with and by a 6-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked this book because she has read about this duck before. She laughed a lot while reading and enjoyed the pictures.

Adult Reader Reaction: I enjoyed the pictures the most. The story was cute but didn’t keep me as an adult that entertained.

Pros: This is a fun story about friendship, responsibility, and babysitting.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Although the pictures were great the story itself was not one you would really want to read more then a couple times. It is a good choice for a public or school library to own.


Educational Themes: This is a story that is meant to be shared for fun. Still, you can talk about responsibility, friendship, and playing with children (what is/isn't appropriate).

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, friendship, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2010

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