Calvin Coconut: Dog Heaven by Graham Salisbury (Wendy Lamb Books, 2010)

May 11, 2010 at 2:52 pm Leave a comment

What I Want So Badly I Can Taste It’ is the writing prompt in Mr. Purdy’s sixth grade class. Calvin thinks about wanting a skateboard or a bike, but what he really wants is a dog. His mother says ‘no’ to dogs because of the work involved and also because Stella, a teenage helper in the family, may be allergic. Calvin gets unexpected help from Ledward, his mother’s boy friend. Ledward is a dog lover and takes Calvin and his sister Darci to dog heaven aka as the animal shelter. There is Calvin’s dog – a spirited, licking puff of energy that promptly licks Calvin’s face and acquires the obvious name of Streak. By using psychology and smarts, Calvin plots the means of achieving his heart’s desire and writing an excellent persuasive paper at the same time. This is the latest episode in the Hawaiian series of Calvin and his gang. It’s a winner!

J Fiction (Series), Recommended—Lillian Hecker (PEL)

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