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Stay! A Top Dog Story by Alex Latimer

Stay! A Top Dog Story

by Alex Latimer

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There are 2 reasons why I like this book; the plot and characters. The main character is a dog named Buster. Buster is a very mischievous dog that likes to get into trouble but his owner, ben, absolutely adores him. When Ben and his family go on vacation they ask grandpa to watch Buster. To help his grandfather, Ben writes a series of notes about Buster; he even continues to write to him on vacation. The notes all help describe Buster as a dog and by the end of the story, readers know Buster very well. Almost any dog owner can relate. The plot is interesting because, Ben keeps forgetting an important thing to tell his grandfather but he just cant think of what it is, he just knows he’s forgetting something. He finally remembers that he wanted to tell his grandfather not to take Buster to the post office because he will chase the mailman. By the time ben remembers, it’s to late, buster has already destroyed the post office. In reaction, his grandfather decides to train him while his family is on vacation. By the time they get back, buster is a well-behaved dog and everyone is happy. This story doesn’t have a moral; it’s only for entertainment. However, it’s very relatable and enjoyable. ( )
  Rwatts3 | Mar 15, 2017 |
Stay! is a clever little book about owning a pet and how kids and parents see that pet - where adults can find them a pain, kids see past a lot of their flaws because they are a companion. Ben is about to go on vacation with his stressed parents and they have told him that he cannot bring Buster, their dog. So instead Ben must write a list for grampa about what may happen while they are away - all the things Buster likes, dislikes, things to do with him etc. Sadly, Ben still forgets some important things, luckily Grampa knows how to handle it.

This was a very cute story about a kid and his dog and the different ways to react when a pet is misbehaving. It was very cute, very colorful, and all the drawings were marvelous. As a dog owner and lover, I highly recommend this cute book.
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  sszkutak | Sep 28, 2016 |
STAY! by Alex Latimer is a captivating picture book about a boy and his dog.

After last year’s vacation disaster, Ben’s dog Buster will be staying with grampa this year. Ben’s dad suggests that Ben create a list of things Buster likes so Buster and grampa will have a good time. During vacation, Ben continues to think of ideas, so he sends postcards to his grandfather. In the end, grampa has some ideas of his own to share with Ben.

The adorable storyline combined with engaging illustrations make this book perfect for the target audience. Children will enjoy creating their own lists related to their pets.

Librarians will find a huge audience for this alluring picture book. Create a display with other books about naughty pets.

Learn more about the author at http://www.alexlatimer.co.za/.

Published by Peachtree Publishers on September 1, 2015. Review copy courtesy of the publisher. ( )
  eduscapes | Oct 18, 2015 |
(ARC was provided to read and review, thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss.)

Ben loves his dog. For him Buster is simply the best dog in the world. The reality is a bit different, as Buster obviously never had any training and leaves a trail of devastation in his wake.
When it's time for the family holiday, Ben's parents aren't prepared to take Buster with them, they still have a vivid memory of the last vacation with the dog, and he is left with the grandfather. Ben isn't happy to leave his best friend behind and how does Grampa know, how to treat his dog anyway? All the things Buster likes and dislikes?
Ben's dad suggests he writes a note for his granddad and that's my favourite part and I completely loved it.
Wherever Ben goes, as soon as he remembers something about his beloved Buster, he writes it down. First there are his messages on pieces of paper and it continues when he is on holiday with postcards to Grampa.
True to the highly enjoyable Latimer-style, we get the handwritten messages accompanied with hilarious comic style drawings.

One important thing about his dog Ben remembers too late, the disaster has already happened, and his Grampa had enough, he starts to train Buster. But will he succeed? Will Buster learn to Sit! and to Stay!?

Reading Ben's notes we learn quite a few things about how to treat a dog and that training makes a lot of sense for the four legged friend. Children will understand, that owing a dog means, besides a lot of fun, also responsibility and work.
But we also see how much Ben cares for his dog and the correspondence between him and his Grampa shows something else, the love and affection they feel for each other.
The last page of the book is something every dog owner will truly understand, no matter how much you train man's best friend, they will still at one point be truly dog.

Overall, a hugely enjoyable story with vivid and colourful comic style illustrations which children (and basically every dog owner) will love. ( )
  MasterReadersBooks | Oct 6, 2015 |
This book was so adorable (dog farts included)! I think it would be great for anyone who is either thinking about owning a dog, or for a family already with a dog that they love (but is maybe a little naughty at times). Buster and his little boy have to go their separate ways when it is time for the family vacation, so the boy makes sure his grandfather will be watching Buster knows all of Buster's likes and dislikes. The boy's dedication to his dog is shown throughout the book, and with his grandfather's help by the end of vacation Buster is a better listener! The illustrations are adorable and very detailed. ( )
  theindigoshelf | Jun 2, 2015 |
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Ben thinks his dog, Buster, is the best in the world but his parents are not as sure, so when they go on vacation Buster must stay with Grampa who, guided by many notes from Ben and using his own dog-training methods, manages to get Buster under control--mostly.… (more)

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