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5.0 out of 5 starsTippy Lemmey
Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2020
Patricia C. McKissack always has a story worth telling. This is a lovely little tale about three children who are trying to cope with a mean neighborhood dog. Tippy Lemmey is a dog with a first AND last name and he is chasing them and snapping at their heels as they pass his turf. I loved the kids inventiveness as they try to out think and out run the dog. The children do not wish the dog harm even though he is making their life a misery. The story has a nice resolution, which is a relief--I always worry about "dog" stories (à la No More Dogs by Gordon Korman) With only 64 pages this is a perfect book for those children transitioning to "chapter books."
Part of SonLight homeschool curriculum. My son LOVED this book. He laughed out loud several times and pretty much told me the plot after reading each chapter. I had to read it myself after asking him the comprehension questions. The plot is a great example of how kids should deal with a difficult situation by asking their parents for help first, then finding the courage to do the right thing. It's also good for those that are a bit fearful of dogs.