When Roxie heads off to Camp K-9 for a fun-filled summer, she’s terrified that the poodle bully may discover her secret. But maybe some of the other dogs have secrets too.
Roxie is excited to be going away to camp, but scared that the other dogs will find out she’s brought her blankie along in her Pooch Pouch. If the other campers find out, they’ll call her a scaredy-cat. Even worse, a mean bully named Lucy seems determined to cause trouble.
Mary Ann Rodman’s lighthearted but meaningful story of summer, secrets, and friendship is complemented by Nancy Hayashi’s warm, humorous illustrations that are sure to comfort anyone who has ever dealt with a bully.
“Comfort is the name of the game, and this will assure readers like, well, a favorite blanket.” ―Booklist
“Roxie’s present-tense narration contains all the right details of both activities and feelings. Hayashi’s clean pictures, in watercolor, pen and colored pencil, have a gentle look, apt for target audience. This empathetic tale should calm the nerves of all novice campers-to-be.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“The soft watercolor, pen, and colored-pencil cartoons enhance the mood and capture the campers’ expressions throughout.” ―School Library Journal
“A great title especially if you have a first-time camper this year.” ―MetroFamily Magazine
“The anthropomorphized pup’s bouts of homesickness and forays into friendship will reassure her human counterparts as will Nancy Hayashi’s humorous watercolor depictions of dogs making popsicle-stick boxes, wearing bathing suits and singing ’99 Buckets of Bones on the Wall.’” ―Washington Parent
“This book is sensitively written, and it will help children to better understand how to deal with the bullies that they encounter at camp and at school.” ―Through the Looking Glass
AR Level: 2.1
F&P: GRL K, Gr 2, Genre F
Themes: Bullying, Courage, Summer Camp
BISAC 1: JUV039230 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Bullying
BISAC 2: JUV039100 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Peer Pressure
BISAC 3: JUV002070 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs