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Reading Rockets recommends the following books by Mark Teague.
Amanda Smeedy is a seasoned babysitter. Nothing can get her riled, not even an entire circus appearing in the living room! This funny fantasy is told in rhyme and complemented by larger-than-life illustrations.
When Ike LaRue is "imprisoned" at the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy, he tries everything to get sent home weepy letters to his owner, even illness. In reality, Brotweiler is more camp than prison, but still, Ike is not cut out for life without Mrs. LaRue and his creature comforts. Finally, he runs away, only to find himself back in Snort City just in time to save Mrs. LaRue's life.
Ike LaRue, famous correspondent (introduced in Dear Mrs. LaRue) known by readers as a four-legged letter writer with a flair for exaggeration now turns to solving the mysterious disappearance of neighborhood cats.
Edward, a curious young dog and aspiring firefighter, visits the firehouse with his friend, Judy. Edward and Judy practice with the fire fighting Dalmatians in this gentle, satisfying, humorous look at firefighters.
When asked what he did on his summer vacation, normally quiet Wallace Bleff launches into an over-the-top tale of cowboys and cattle and more. Told in rhyme with richly colored, humorous, and understated illustrations, this book puts a new spin on an old back-to-school assignment.
When Wendell’s mom declares his room a pigsty and tells him he can live like that if he wants, it’s not surprising that Wendell is delighted. It’s even more fun when two round pigs move in with him making the bedroom a real pigsty! Kids and the adults in their lives will see themselves in this lively fantasy and will rejoice in its resolution.
Two of three pigs, paid for their work by the Florida-bound farmer, enjoy chips and "sody-pop" more than a sturdy home. Only one is smart enough to grow healthy food and with her pay build a brick house with a pool. This funny, nonviolent riff on a familiar tale makes a gentle comment about healthy food and hygiene and its impact on huffing and puffing!
Books illustrated by Mark Teague
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