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Title:
The pocket dogs
Author:
Wild, Margaret, 1948-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 2001.

©2000
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
Biff and Buff are two very small dogs who are happy to travel in Mr. Pocket's pockets, until Biff falls through a hole one day.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 200 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.4 0.5 58840.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.2 2 Quiz: 24373 Guided reading level: E.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780439239738

9780439239745
Format :
Book

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Biff and Buff are two very small dogs who are happy to travel in Mr. Pockets's pockets, until Biff falls through a hole one day.


Author Notes

Margaret Wild was born in South Africa and moved to Australia in 1972. She has been a journalist on newspapers and magazines, and worked as a book editor in children's publishing for sixteen years. She eventually quit to write fulltime.

Wild has written more than 40 books for children. Some titles include The House of Narcissus, Jenny Angel, Tom Goes to Kindergarten, Nighty Night!, The Pocket Dogs and The Very Best of Friends.

Her books are published around the world and have won numerous awards, including the Young Australian Best Book Award (YABBA) - Picture Book Shortlisted in 2001 for Jenny Angel; the New South Wales State Literary Award - Young Reader Shortlisted in 2000 for Jenny Angel; the CBC Book of the Year - Picture Book Winner in 2000 for Jenny Angel; the Young Australian Best Book Award (YABBA) - Picture Book listed in 2000 for Miss Lily's Fabulous Pink Feather Boa; the Australian Publishers Association - Design Shortlisted in 1999 for Jenny Angel; the Family Award for Children's Books - Picture Book shortlisted in 1999 for Jenny Angel; the Young Australian Best Book Award (YABBA) - Picture Book Shortlisted in 1999 for Miss Lily's Fabulous Pink Feather Boa; and the CBC Book of the Year - Picture Book Shortlisted in 1985 for There's a Sea in My Bedroom. In 2015 she had an Honour Book at the 2015 Children's Book Council (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards with her title, The Stone Lion. (Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-5. Two little dogs, Biff and Buff, live with their beloved owner, Mr. Pockets. Every day, Mr. Pockets dons a coat with two big pockets, deposits Biff in one and Buff in the other and walks to the grocery store, greeting friendly folks along the way. When a hole appears in the right-hand pocket, Biff tries to tell Mr. Pockets, who doesn't understand. The hole grows larger, Biff slips through it, and he finds himself lost in the store. Various people pick him up, promising to help him find his home, but Biff won't be content until he has found Mr. Pockets. The scruffy but expressive line of the ink drawings gives the illustrations an informal look that's just right for the tale of amiable Mr. Pockets and his lovable little dogs. Watercolor washes vividly fill the scenes and draw attention to the lively details of people and animals in action. Well conceived and told with rhythm and humor, the story of Biff and Buff will strike a chord with young children, who don't always communicate well either. Parents and teachers will enjoy reading this endearing Australian picture book, and children will ask for it again and again. --Carolyn Phelan


Publisher's Weekly Review

An Australian team confidently delivers a tale about overcoming fear. Mr. Pockets, a kindly middle-aged gentleman with a large nose and a polka-dot muffler, carries his two small dogs, Biff and Buff, in his overcoat pockets everywhere he goes. The right pocket has a hole, though, and he loses Biff when the seam opens and the dog falls out onto the supermarket floor. Several patrons offer to rescue Biff, but he isn't interested in making friends and runs away: "Biff didn't like being a shopping basket dog. He was a pocket dog, Mr. Pockets' pocket dog." Luckily, Mr. Pockets locates Biff after another suspenseful moment or two. Wild (Our Granny) uses short words and repetitive phrases to convey a depth of emotion. Along with the main theme of getting lost and separated, the book contains a premonitory dream of Biff's about becoming separated from his owner, plus a subplot about communication gaps the dogs try to warn Mr. Pockets about the fraying pocket, but for all his kindliness, he cannot understand them. King's (A Special Kind of Love) benevolent, well-padded people and child's-eye perspective of legs and carts add charm and credence to the tale: Biff's dream is scary without becoming too terrifying, and the portrayal of the kindly shoppers will reassure youngsters that Biff will be okay until he finds his way back to his rightful place. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Mr. Pockets loves to take his two small dogs everywhere. Biff always rides in the right pocket of his blue plaid coat, and Buff in the left. While out and about one day, Biff notices a small hole in his pocket that begins to grow "bigger and bigger and bigger." He tries to tell his master, but can only manage a "Ruff! Ruff!" Buff warns Biff, "One day you will fall out of the pocket.-On to the ground. You might get lost!" Of course, the very next morning when the trio goes to the store, Biff falls onto the crowded floor, where all of the human legs surrounding him look alike. Several people come to the aid of the pup, putting him in their shopping cart, basket, or doll carriage. Biff doesn't like any of this, for he is a pocket dog. Having run away from his would-be rescuers, cowering on the floor and feeling scared and alone, he is finally found by his congenial master, who deftly sews up the hole. The soft-hued watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations convey the warmth and whimsy that surround Mr. Pockets and his beloved pets. With its happy ending, this is a good choice for children who have worries about getting lost.-Lisa Gangemi Krapp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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