Dog books for kids – Roscoe Riley Rules: Don’t Swap Your Sweater for a Dog

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As far as dog books for kids go, Roscoe Riley Rules: Don’t Swap Your Sweater for a Dog by Katherine Applegate is one we heartily recommended. Melissa Young explains why:

What You Need to Know:

• The Roscoe Riley Rules series is a welcome new addition to the early chapter book category of children’s literature, particularly for boys, but girls will equally enjoy it .
• Roscoe, our protagonist, is a first grade boy.
• Roscoe is reminiscent of Junie B., without the outright brattiness. Parents can relax, no bad behavior modeling here. Just good, old-fashioned kid stuff.
• Roscoe’s trouble is earnest in nature, children will relate to the tricky situations he gets into, but really no naughty behavior to emulate.


Roscoe really, really wants a trophy. Roscoe’s little sister has a bazillion trophies from preschool, including being the best skipper in the class. Best friend Gus has a trophy from Karate and best friend Emma has a trophy from piano playing. Even Roscoe’s mom has a trophy for being the best girl scout cookie seller. What’s a kid to do if he wants a trophy and doesn’t have one? Well, you borrow someone’s dog, trade the sweater your grandma made you (with love) and enter the pet trick contest, of course. Well, that’s what you do if you are Roscoe. And of course, you have lots of fun, a little bit of trouble and a couple regrets along the way. In the end, Roscoe does the right thing as he always does, and imparts a few lessons to the young reader, all in a very entertaining story.”

Have your children read Roscoe Riley Rules: Don’t Swap Your Sweater for a Dog? What did they think of the book?

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