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Tippy Lemmey
McKissack, Pat, 1944-2017.
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Publication Information:
New York : Aladdin, [2003]

Physical Description:
59 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Reading Level:
Ages 7-10.

380 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 1.0 66071.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.1 3 Quiz: 32845 Guided reading level: M.
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A New Dog in Town Tippy Lemmey is no ordinary dog. Not only is he the only dog Leandra, Paul, and Jeannie have ever met with a first and a last name, he's a living, breathing monster! When they ride their bikes, he chases them, snapping at their heels. When they run, he runs. If they cross the street, he follows. There's no getting away from him -- over him or under him. He's their number one enemy. Leandra, Paul, and Jeannie try to come up with a plan to stop Tippy Lemmey, but nothing works. But then Tippy does something totally unexpected, and the kids realize that maybe he's not their enemy after all.

Author Notes

Patricia C. McKissack was born in Smyrna, Tennessee on August 9, 1944. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Tennessee State University in 1964 and a master's degree in early childhood literature and media programming from Webster University in 1975. After college, she worked as a junior high school English teacher and a children's book editor at Concordia Publishing.

Since the 1980's, she and her husband Frederick L. McKissack have written over 100 books together. Most of their titles are biographies with a strong focus on African-American themes for young readers. Their early 1990s biography series, Great African Americans included volumes on Frederick Douglass, Marian Anderson, and Paul Robeson. Their other works included Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers and Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States. Over their 30 years of writing together, the couple won many awards including the C.S. Lewis Silver Medal, a Newbery Honor, nine Coretta Scott King Author and Honor awards, the Jane Addams Peace Award, and the NAACP Image Award for Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman?. In 1998, they received the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

She also writes fiction on her own. Her book included Flossie and the Fox, Stitchin' and Pullin': A Gee's Bend Quilt, A Friendship for Today, and Let's Clap, Jump, Sing and Shout; Dance, Spin and Turn It Out! She won the Newberry Honor Book Award and the King Author Award for The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural in 1993 and the Caldecott Medal for Mirandy and Brother Wind. She dead of cardio-respiratory arrest on April 7, 2017 at the age of 72.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-4. Narrator Leandra and her friends Jeannie and Paul agree that the new neighborhood dog, called Tippy Lemmey, has a "sweet teddy-bear face," but there's no question that he's making their lives miserable by chasing, barking, and snapping at them. Nothing they do seems to help. Then Tippy is dognapped, and the kids are torn between enjoying their peace and rescuing a critter they know is someone's beloved pet. Their decision to help their nemesis leads to unexpected troubles and a surprising discovery, as the pup eventually turns out to be a good doggy friend. Leandra is an observant, appealing narrator, whose dilemmas are sympathetically portrayed, and the book's short chapters, straightforward prose, and suspense will keep the pages turning. Although the story is set in 1951 in Templeton, Tennessee, and there are a few references to the Korean War, readers will be more involved with the canine conflict than the backdrop. Black-and-white drawings show African American Leandra and her buddies in action in this pleasing Ready-for-Chapters book that will appeal to fans of both animal stories and realistic fiction. --Shelle Rosenfeld

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-In 1951, in Templeton, TN, Leanne Martin and her friends Paul and Jeannie are at war with Tippy Lemmey, a dog that frightens them. Believing him to be vicious, they strategize to win their conflict with him, eventually asking Leanne's parents to intervene. The kids learn that Tippy is simply a puppy who wants to play, and that his owner is fighting in Korea. Leanne remains unconvinced about the dog's good intentions, but when the friends see thieves stealing him and other neighborhood dogs to sell across state, they rescue the animals and are rewarded when Tippy gets them out of a dangerous situation. The believable characters learn not to judge by appearances and end up great pals with the pup. This charming and humorous story moves along at a fast pace, making it perfect for readers just venturing into chapter-book territory. Evocative black-and-white illustrations effectively portray the children's changing perceptions of Tippy Lemmey. A delightful addition to any collection.-B. Allison Gray, South Country Library, Bellport, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.