Absolutely Lucy #1: Absolutely Lucy Paperback – Dec 17 1999
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From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3-Children who are stretching their reading wings will enjoy these short chapter books. In Lucy, Bobby Quinn is a shy child who has no friends until he receives a beagle puppy for his eighth birthday. Named after a favorite baby-sitter who has moved away, Lucy becomes the child's best friend. During a long, hot summer, she helps him develop special relationships with an elderly neighbor, a talkative girl at dog obedience school, and a new boy who is also shy. Bobby's fears of new people and situations are skillfully captured, and the story is entertaining and well plotted. Bobby is an endearing character, and he and his dog are an appealing combination. Ghost Horse also deals with making friends, but with a supernatural touch. When Emily's family moves to a small town, she is unhappy about leaving her friends behind. From her new bedroom window, she spies a ghost horse and, with the help of a classmate, learns more about the fate of "Moonlight" and his owners. While many readers will identify more with the realistic portrayals in Cooper's work, Stanley's story also results in new friendships and provides readers with a bit of a mystery to solve. Welcome additions to any collection in which short chapter books are in demand.
Maura Bresnahan, Shawsheen School, Andover, MA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Bobby Quinn is shy. In fact, he's so shy, he has trouble making friends. But that changes when he gets a squirmy little puppy for his birthday. Unlike Bobby, Lucy isn't shy at all. And to his surprise, she keeps dragging him into all sorts of adventures--and friendships, too!
"Depicted with humor and realism. . . . The respectful attention given to their peer's difficulties and progress will be much appreciated by newly and almost independent readers."--"The Bulletin
"Bobby's fears of new people and situations are skillfully captured, and the story is entertaining and well plotted. Bobby is an endearing character, and he and his dog are an appealing combination."--"School Library Journal
For over 20 years, Ilene Cooper has been writing both fiction and nonfiction books for children, including "Buddy Love Now on Video and "Jack: "The Early Years of J.F.K. She is the children's books editor at ALA Booklist. The author lives in Highland Park, IL. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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The book is about Bobby Quinn, a painfully shy boy, and his beagle pup, Lucy. Since Bobby's parents gave Lucy to him for his eighth birthday earlier in the summer, Lucy has helped Bobby make his first two friends and start to come out of his shell. The new friends, Shawn and Candy, are both new to the neighborhood and all three are waiting to see whether they'll be in the same classroom when school starts. The three children decide to enter their pets in a "spokespet" contest at the local pet store, and Lucy manages to win, earning her a year's worth of dog food and a chance to be in a commercial if she wins at the next level. Bobby is proud and excited for Lucy until he learns that he would also be expected to be in the commercial. The thought terrifies him, but he doesn't want Lucy to miss an opportunity for the spotlight. Further, when school starts, Bobby's teacher tells the class they will be giving oral reports in front of the class. Bobby has a lot of fears to deal with, but has a dog and two new friends to help him through it.
The plot is somewhat similar to Because of Winn-Dixie, where the main character is lonely and has no friends until a pet dog helps her make new friends and become more outgoing.
I've enjoyed reading this series, including this third book. At 102 pages, with large print and several illustrations, this book is longer than the 74-75 pages of the first two books, but still perfect for my lower fourth grade readers. The reading level, 2.8, is also higher than the 2.0 and 1.9 of the first two books. However, as young readers become more familiar with characters, storyline, etc., it tends to make the reading level easier for them.
I can now file these three books together on my "limited series" shelf, filling a niche for my struggling readers. I'm sure the books will be much read and loved in the coming years.
I would rate this book an 8 (solidly enjoyable, good quality) on a scale of 1-10.
I have just read the book "Absolutely Lucy" by Ilene Cooper, and I am writing my first book report ever! This book is about a squirmy little puppy beagle and her owner Bobby, who is really shy. Bobby got the beagle on his 8th birthday and named her "Lucy". Lucy drags Bobby into all sorts of things! Also, Lucy helps Bobby make new friends, because Bobby was so shy he had trouble making friends.
I really enjoyed reading "Absolutely Lucy" and I want to know more about Lucy and Bobby!
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