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Boomer's big surprise
McGeorge, Constance W.
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Publication Information:
San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
26 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 26 cm
Boomer is distressed by the special treatment given to the new puppy in his household and feels that he is no longer top dog, but then he finds that the recent arrival can be a friend and playmate.
Reading Level:
AD 500 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 151405.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.5 1 Quiz: 15476 Guided reading level: K.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Little Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Boomer knows something's up the day a shiny new bowl appears next to his, but imagine Boomer's surprise when he finds himself nose to nose with a new puppy! Just when Boomer thinks he's no longer top dog, he discovers there's room for two, and that the puppy is more than a new sibling--he's a new friend. Boomer's Big Surprise is filled with the same warmth and humor as the first two books in the Boomer series, and will have special appeal to any child facing the arrival of a new baby.

Author Notes

Constance McGeorge dedicates her time to writing children's books and painting. She lives with her husband, James, three dogs and a horse in Columbus, Ohio.

Mary Whyte is an accomplished artist best known for her watercolor paintings. She lives in South Carolina with her husband and their golden retriever.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-7. Boomer, the spunky golden retriever who starred in Boomer's Big Day (1994) and Boomer Goes to School (1996), is back in a new adventure. This time he gets a new dog sibling and has most of the same feelings young children have when there's a new baby in the house. First, Boomer is confused. Why is Baby eating when it isn't dinnertime yet? Then the green-eyed monster rears its head as Boomer watches Baby playing with Boomer's favorite toy and getting a belly rub. But just when Boomer is beginning to wonder whether anyone will ever play with him again, he feels a lick on his nose. It isn't long before Boomer and Baby are off and running--with Boomer leading the way. This delightful series may use a lovable family dog to play out common childhood events, but children will relate to Boomer's experience as easily as they would to a child's. Whyte, who actually owns a golden retreiver named Boomer, has done another fine job depicting the action in flowing watercolors. A worthwhile addition to a fine series. --Lauren Peterson

School Library Journal Review

PreS-KIn this latest book about Boomer the dog, another anxiety-producing situation is explored. This time its the arrival of a puppy. When Baby, as the newcomer is called, enters the family, Boomer feels both confused and left out. He wondered if anyone would ever play with him. But then, Baby licks his nose and the fun begins, in the waterin the dirtand all through the house! Boomers canine reactions provide insight into the new sibling experience. His expressions of curiosity and dejected concern will garner sympathy from readers and allow them to see the pains and rewards that accompany any addition to a family. Following the lead of the text, the watercolor illustrations give a dogs-eye view of the world. Soft and pleasing, they make the most of the inherent cuteness of a golden retriever puppy. Delightful and emotionally satisfying.Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.