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Roscoe Riley Rules #3: Don't Swap Your Sweater for a Dog

by Katherine Applegate

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Roscoe is tired of being the only one in the family who hasn’t earned a trophy! Roscoe enters a friends dog for the pet competition and wins a trophy, but at what cost?

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Roscoe’s little sister has yet won another trophy. Roscoe has no trophies and he’s sick of it! His dog Goofy is a good dog but cannot learn a trick for the upcoming pet competition. If Roscoe wins he will finally have a trophy, but Goofy is not cooperating. While Roscoe is playing outside with his friends, Emma and Gus, a new boy name Martin who has an amazing dog named Edward who can read!!! He doesn’t read real words, but if there are three words on the page, he barks three times, and if four, barks four times. Roscoe asks Martin if he can borrow Edward for the pet competition. Martin agrees if he can have the sweater that Roscoe’s grandmother knit him (which has bunnies, flowers, and baby ducks). Since Roscoe doesn’t like the sweater, he agrees to the trade. A trophy is won, but at what cost.

This is a cute story and told in a child’s voice which I appreciate. I look forward to reading more of Roscoe’s adventures.

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I could only find one review of this book perhaps because its copyright date is 2008.
School Library Journal Review: The reviewer says that this series of book begin and end in the “time-out” chair. It also says that Roscoe is a “hyper, trouble-finding boy”. I didn’t get the impression that he was hyper, just very creative. The reviewer notes that the book is a fun read and a “Good choices for children transitioning from beginning readers to chapter books”. The review has a brief summary of the story and I would have thought the description of the humor in the story and a good transition from early readers to chapter book recommendation would be enough for me to find this series of books.
  messok | Nov 30, 2008 |
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A trophy for Roscoe?

It seems like everyone has an award of some kind. Except Roscoe. But a pet-trick contest is coming up, and first prize is a big, shiny trophy. Roscoe really wants that trophy—would he even borrow someone else's dog to win?

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Determined to win a trophy of some kind, first-grader Roscoe swaps a hand-knitted sweater from his grandmother for the chance to enter his new neighbor's very clever dog in a trick contest.

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