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Letters from a Desperate Dog
by Eileen Christelow
Order:  USA  Can
Clarion, 2006 (2006)
* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Emma tries to be good, but her human, an artist named George, isn't very understanding. Sleeping on the couch is wrong. Barking is wrong. It seems like whatever Emma does is wrong. She can't understand why she is so unappreciated, so she emails a doggy advice column for help.

Queenie, the columnist, is full of useful advice. But when Emma tries it, things always turn out wrong. Finally, Queenie advises Emma to get a job. Emma tries out for a play and gets the part. Not until she's on the road does Emma realize the job means leaving her human.

Emma - and her desire to be a good dog - is sure to please any dog lover who will recognize the good and the bad aspects of living with a canine. Even those without a dog to love will enjoy this hilarious tale. The cartoon-like drawings fit the text and add to the humor. As Queenie says, 'Keep that tail wagging.'

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