Reviews for Down Girl and Sit: On the Road

by Lucy Nolan

School Library Journal
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Gr 1-3-Narrated from a dog's point of view, this easy chapter book covers the hilarious antics of two canine friends who puzzle through and explain life with their masters. Even though this title is a follow-up to Down Girl and Sit: Smarter Than Squirrels (Marshall Cavendish, 2004), it stands alone. In one of the four episodes, the pups enjoy a car ride as their ticket to see the world. In another, while camping with her human, Down Girl turns into "Wild Dog" and stalks squirrels, surmising that they may be the creatures she had chased away from her home in the city. Then, she runs when a rabbit ("What kind of squirrel was this?") twitches its nose. A small black-and-white illustration appears on almost every page, supporting the text's humor. Anyone who has owned a dog can relate to these tales. Children will be delightfully challenged by the perspective and ask for more.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book
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In this beginning chapter book, youngsters must notice both tone and point of view as canine protagonist Down Girl (Smarter than Squirrels) relates her doggie observations about the human world. Numerous illustrations break up chunks of text and helpfully outline the plot. There's a lot of skill development going on here, but the stories are so much doggone fun, readers won't even notice. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.


Kirkus
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Down Girl and Sit are best friends. They are also dogs, dogs who enjoy the finer things of canine life, including chasing squirrels, bothering their masters and eating crumbs. The charming first-canine point of view really works here—partly because Nolan keeps her dog's voice steady and humorous, and partly because she really seems to think like a dog. The first of the four linked stories involves a drive to the beach and an exciting episode where the car's brake fails and the two dogs "drive" down the beach. Because Down Girl sees the world through canine glasses, the reader is treated to some amusing takes on dog behavior. For instance, when Down Girl and Sit find a bag of two doughnuts, they have to decide who gets them. "Hmm. There were two dogs, two masters, and two doughnuts. That sounded about right. Thank goodness dogs don't know math. That makes all our decisions easy. We ate the doughnuts." Kids will want to curl up with their best friend and laugh at the adventures of Down Girl and Sit. (Fiction. 6-9) Copyright ŠKirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Book list
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Gr. 1-3. This charming, hilarious follow-up to Smarter than Squirrels (2004) portrays the further adventures of canine protagonist-narrator Down Girl. A road trip to the beach with her owner, whom she calls Rruff; her best dog friend, Sit; and Sit's owner proves unexpectedly eventful as the dogs find themselves alone in a moving car, and curious Down Girl gets her nose pinched by a crab. A camping trip brings more excitement: singing at the campfire, eating hotdogs, and chasing squirrels. Even a car ride to the Lady in the White Coat for a nail trim isn't too bad: Down Girl gets a cookie and sees her despised feline neighbor, Here Kitty Kitty, contained in a carrier. Nolan's simple, peppy text is fun to read, and kids will enjoy Down Girl's escapades as well as her endearing naivete, which is visualized in witty, black-and-white art. --Shelle Rosenfeld Copyright 2005 Booklist

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