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Big Dog Decisions
Big Dog Decisions
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Big Dog Decisions

Everyone loves dogs, right? That seems to be the one thing that Sidney, Sydney, Gomez, and Harley can agree on. What they can't agree on is how to run their new dog walking business. From who makes the posters to who picks up the poop, the foursome is off to a slow start. Big dog decisions must be made, but what will the end result be?

Reading LevelGrades 1-3
Interest LevelGrades 1-3
Lexile Level630L
ATOS Level3.6
AR Points3.6
AR Quiz #166996
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Count128
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price

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Novel Nutritious blog - Jennifer Szoch

"Told from Sidney and Sydney’s perspective, the alternating point of view, will appeal to both boys and girls. Young readers will find the story enjoyable and entertaining. As a series, young readers will look forward to the adventures these two have and look forward to each new book." - Novel Nutritious blog

March 27, 2013

Review Carnival blog

"Good characters. The concept is interesting. Clear and easy to understand writing style, especially for children." - Review Carnival blog

February 19, 2013

Second Bookshelf on the Right blog - Mai

"There's a female character and a male character so kids can relate to at least one of the characters. . . .It's a feel-good story." - Second Bookshelf on the Right blog

January 31, 2013


Publishers Weekly

"The Sidney & Sydney series debuts with a straightforward story alternately narrated by two classmates with homophonic names and a few shared interests. Sidney has traveled extensively with his family, and Sydney aspires to be a world traveler; they both love art museums; and—the clincher—they are mutual fans of the video game Galaxy Conquest. Both Jakubowski and Montalto flatter their audience’s sense of independence and autonomy: “I’m only eight years old, but it’s never too early to be fashionable,” image-conscious Sydney tells readers, while jokester Sidney, sitting alone at lunch, knows “that it’s really dorky to get a note from your mom when you are eight years old. But it did make me feel a little better.” (The stylish students in Jablonski’s full-color illustrations, meanwhile, look much older than eight, but what kids think of themselves and their peers as young?) After some early stumbles, the two third-graders become fast friends, a relationship that’s cemented as they try to make Halloween a success. Sidney’s narrative can be repetitive and Sydney’s melodramatic, but readers should appreciate the book’s contemporary tone and humor." - Publishers Weekly

December 18, 2012

Ohioana Quarterly, Ohioana Library Association - Ava Kessler, Lupe Oloyede, & Eudora Smith, grade 4

"We would recommend this book. Sidney and Sydney have courage walking the dogs and are not afraid of them. When a dog drools on Sydney, she does not throw a fit. This book shows the reader that even if you do not get what you want, you can still work to be successful." - Ohioana Quarterly, Ohioana Library Association

January 1, 2016

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)

"This observant and humorous story is the first book in a series that refreshingly promises to appeal to both boys and girls. Sydney and Sidney alternately narrate (each chapter’s narrator is identified by an illustrative headpiece) and each of their perspectives is credible on both age and gender levels. The text moves quickly and effortlessly, and the kid-centered scenarios will resonate with middle-graders. . . .Consider this for a refreshing classroom readaloud, for mixed-gender book groups, or for encouraging more friendships that cross the middle-grade gender divide." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)

March 1, 2013

Michele Jakubowski

Michele Jakubowski

Raised in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates, Michele Jakubowski has the teachers in her life to thank for her love of reading and writing. While writing has always been a passion for Michele, she believes it is the books she has read throughout the years, and the teachers who assigned them, that have made her the storyteller she is today. Michele lives in Powell, Ohio, with her husband, John, and their children, Jack and Mia.

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