Izzy’s Tail of Trouble

Kids Can. Sept. 2022. 168p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781771387330.
Gr 1-3–Izzy and her pup are back and facing new challenges in this silly sequel to Izzy in the Doghouse. Izzy and her friend Zoe love to play pretend with Rolo the dog, forcing him into baby clothes and pushing him around in the stroller. They love waiting for Zoe’s big brother Lionel to pop out and play “Baby Stealer” so they can chase him all around. But things are changing: suddenly Rolo is getting too big and too strong to play “baby” anymore, choosing instead to pull on the leash and chase squirrels. Lionel is suddenly too cool to play with them, choosing instead to mope around in a bad mood. Zoe says Lionel is a teenager now, which makes Izzy wonder if Rolo could be a teenager, too! This funny, thoughtful tale successfully evokes the mix of emotions that come from growing up and facing changes, whether or not you are ready for them. Adderson adeptly weaves a positive message about perseverance into the antics of Izzy and Rolo, while Collier’s illustrations capture the zaniness and heart of the characters.
VERDICT A gentle tale for dog lovers and newly confident readers alike. Recommended for purchase where beginning chapter book series are popular.

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