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The Desperate Dog Writes Again    by Eileen Christelow order for
Desperate Dog Writes Again
by Eileen Christelow
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Clarion, 2010 (2010)

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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and when there's a desperate dog involved, well, that opens the door to all kinds of situations, many of which are downright comical.

In this graphic picture book, arranged like a multi-paneled comic book, Emma the dog is living the good life with her human, George, and an unnamed cat. She has the run of the place, including a prime spot next to George on the couch when suddenly ... not one interloper but two: George starts bringing home his girlfriend Loretta, who visits with her dog, Hankie. Suddenly, the couch isn't big enough for Emma.

Resentful and scared of losing her place as the alpha dog, Emma heads to the library, where, in Dear Abby fashion, she emails Queenie for some advice as to how to handle this distressing situation.

Of course, Queenie's advice does nothing but land Emma in even more trouble. Emma must learn to accept her owner's new love and her pet, which is much easier when she learns that Loretta is a chef who keeps a lot of awesome food in the dumpster behind her restaurant. Emma doesn't realize that Hankie feels the same way as she does, but when they team up, they discover that they aren't losing their families but gaining more people (and animals) to love.

The book carries a sweet message about love and friendship and is a pleasure to read. The pictures range between funny and silly and are a perfect fit with the story.

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