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Edwards, Pamela Duncan.
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Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Text tells the story of the hard working dog, Muldoon- while the illustrations show the hilarious reality.
Reading Level:
AD 840 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 65032.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.3 1 Quiz: 37040 Guided reading level: K.
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Muldoon is a precocious puppy who works for the West family. Or at least he thinks he does! Each day, he performs his chores, waking the family up, bringing the children to school and helping clean up after meals. This charming picture books tells one story in the text while showing the hilarious reality in the illustrations. The truth is that adorable Muldoon is a handful, but the West family wouldn't have him any other way

Author Notes

Pamela Duncan Edwards was born in England. She became a school librarian when she moved to the United States with her husband and children. She eventually started writing children's books. Her works include Livingstone Mouse; Roar! A Noisy Counting Book; The Worrywarts; Clara Caterpillar; Wake-Up Kisses; Dear Tooth Fairy; McGillycuddy Could!; and The Neat Line.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS^-K. Muldoon, a perky little puppy, "works for the West family." The working conditions are swell: he gets to live in their "big blue kennel" (that would be a house to us humans); he can come and go as he pleases, and as for the wages--well, how do two square meals a day, tickles behind the ears, and lots of tummy scratches sound? The text presents Muldoon's matter-of-fact point of view (he takes his work very seriously), but the real story emerges in the droll cartoon illustrations, with the story's gentle comedy evolving from the ironic differences between the two. There's nothing startlingly original here--and not much of a plot, either--but Muldoon is a cutie, Edwards is a clever writer, and the whole enterprise is informed by good humor as irresistible as a puppy. --Michael Cart

Publisher's Weekly Review

Floppy-eared Muldoon thinks of himself as his family's employee, and this newest offering from the creators of Some Smug Slug stretches the joke from the first line ("Muldoon works for the West family") to the last ("But the day he likes best of all is Saturday, because Saturday is... payday!"-the "pay" is a big bone). The text takes the dog's point of view, while the pictures reveal the reality of each situation as Muldoon progresses through the day. For instance, "He's in charge of getting everyone up" accompanies a picture of Muldoon in the master bedroom pulling down the covers; and a spread of the kids walking the dog to school reads "Muldoon puts the children on a leash so they don't run away." Younger children may not get all the gags about Muldoon's "career" (under a scene at the pet store, the text says, "The Wests chose Muldoon from a lot of other applicants"), but they will likely relate to the everyday events in the Wests' lives and are sure to enjoy Cole's unaffected drawings of the appealing pup and his harried family. Youngsters with canine "employees" of their own will enjoy this fun take on the pet-owning experience. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-The West family brings Muldoon home from the pet store to "work" for them. The puppy lists his working conditions (he gets two meals a day) and enumerates his accomplishments proudly as the oversized cartoon illustrations reveal the truth: Muldoon is a lovable disaster. While the two children have breakfast, "-Muldoon supervises so that nothing gets wasted." The picture shows the pup pulling the tablecloth and food onto the kitchen floor. Gentle humor, a pleasant story, and tongue-in-cheek illustrations serve up a treat for young dog lovers. Not an essential purchase, but fun.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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