Scholastic. Apr. 2021. 256p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781338645910.
Gr 4-8–Freaky Friday meets Dr. Doolittle in this story of learning to see things from a different perspective. Parker can’t stand his sister’s dog Boof. He is messy, never listens, and seems to live to destroy everything important to Parker. When his sister Billie leaves for an amazing opportunity, it falls to Parker to take care of Boof while she is gone. To say it does not go well would be an understatement. After fighting with a statue that belonged to Parker’s grandmother, both boy and dog awake to find themselves trapped in each other’s bodies. Misunderstandings and comically impossible situations ensue, with Boof and Parker finding common ground and learning that neither of them always has it easy. The plot is predictable but funny all the same. Underlying themes of loss drive the story towards resolution and understanding. Secondary characters never see development and serve as space fillers for Parker and Boof. The story is well written with nice pacing throughout.
VERDICT An easy and pleasant, if slightly formulaic, departure from the typical “boy and his dog” story for upper elementary and middle school students.

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