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The day my dogs became guys
Markoe, Merrill.
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New York : Viking, [1999]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 x 28 cm
When an eclipse of the sun turns Carey's three dogs into people, they cause enormous problems by continuing to behave like dogs.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 28008.
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For courses in College Algebra, Algebra & Trigonometry, Precalculus, and Trigonometry which requires student use of a graphing calculator. Using the graphing utility to enhance mathematics, not replace it, this text approaches technology as a tool to solve problems, motivate concepts, and explore ideas. Many problems are solved using both algebra and a graphing utility, with the benefits of each illustrated. Throughout, applications and examples using real data enable students to make connections between the mathematics learned and familiar situations. The authors' user-friendly approach helps students develop the skills needed to succeed in subsequent mathematics courses.

Author Notes

Was the head writer and producer of The David Letterman Show for which she won several Emmys for comedy writing. She was a regular contributor to Not Necessarily the News and wrote and performed in several comedy specials for HBO, winning Writer's Guild and Ace Awards. She has been a regular contributor to magazines such as New York Woman and Woman's Day and her essays appeared in several other national magazines as well. She is the author of What the Dog's Have Taught Me and Other Things I've Learned, How to be Hap-Hap-Happy Like Me, Merrill Markoe's Guide to Love and a children's book, When My Dogs Became Guys. Current work from Merrill Markoe can be found at Oxygen: The Read. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Booklist Review

Ages 5^-9. During a solar eclipse, Carey's three dogs turn into people but retain their doggy personalities. Fat Dee Dee is thrilled to be able to get into the refrigerator herself, teenager Butch continues to yell at squirrels and chase cars, and old Ed is grouchy and tired. Although the basic situation is humorous, Markoe (best known for her adult humor books and her work on the David Letterman show) doesn't take it any further. There are no surprises, and Carey and his mother are without personality. But Brace's energetic illustrations are zesty and fun, playing with the resemblances between the humans and the dogs and giving each dog a distinct set of characteristics. Teachers may want to use this as a springboard for students to write their own stories about animals turned into humans. --Susan Dove Lempke

Publisher's Weekly Review

Markoe, an Emmy Award winner for her writing on Late Night with David Letterman, makes a very droll children's book debut. Carey, the protagonist, has three loyal but aggravating canines who drool at mealtimes and bark uselessly at squirrels. "I wish they were people, so we could make them understand things once and for all," Carey tells his mother. That afternoon, a solar eclipse darkens the town, and Carey finds three unusual humans in place of his dogs‘a transition that Brace (The Krazees) handily delivers with silhouettes that serve both their animal and human incarnations. Instead of the shaggy yellow mutt, Butch, there's a sloppy teenager; instead of the fat Dalmatian, Dee Dee, there's a plump, hyperactive lady in a spotted dress; and instead of the Scottish terrier, Ed, there's a balding older gentleman with a brushy black mustache and a plaid suit. After an affectionate hello, the three race for the kitchen. As Dee Dee raids the refrigerator, Ed leans out the window, yelling, "Squirrels!... Scum! Creeps! Get out of that tree now," and a muddy Butch chases a car ("It's getting away!") with Carey in hot pursuit. Markoe hilariously imagines the chaos that could arise from canine brains in human bodies. The dogs are earnest and sweet‘Butch cowers at the words, "Bad boy!"‘but they're also easily distracted and desperate for a snack. In his artwork, Brace uses curving shapes and extreme angles to suggest antic motion, and conveys the characters' goofiness with froggy, wide-set eyes, sprawling bodies and lolling tongues. His scenes of the trio wreaking havoc on a quiet suburban street will have children of all ages rolling on the floor. Ages 3-8. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-Carey's three dogs are pretty ordinary: Butch chases squirrels and cars, Dee Dee will eat anything and everything she can reach, and old Ed loves taking naps. One day, during a solar eclipse, Carey returns from school to find his dogs changed into very strange people who can talk, but who still retain their canine habits and behaviors. Now, Butch can verbally carry on his anti-squirrel crusade so loudly that he annoys the neighbors, Dee Dee can open the refrigerator and help herself, and Ed-well, Ed can take a nap. Mercifully, by the time the eclipse is over, the three "terrible people" turn back into three "pretty good dogs" and Carey doesn't have to worry about his mother's reaction to them. This amusing story has gray-toned, stylized illustrations, with cylindrical forms and Drescher-like figures whose tiny boneless limbs extrude like plastic pasta from mechanical-looking bodies, and with dogs' torpedo-shaped muzzles ending in dark-green, metallic noses. The overall effect is more grotesque than comedic. Still, readers who enjoy quirky humor will appreciate it, as will dog owners who may have occasionally wondered what their pets would be like if they were to turn human.-Marian Drabkin, Richmond Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.