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Readers will be surprised what the Jack Russell catches and how it all plays out. This book manages to take on the serious topics of parental separation and divorce, raising and training puppies, and making sense of changes in life. Lending itself to being read aloud quite well, this title could provide a good basis for a discussion on these complex issues.  - Review from School Library Connection, November/December 2019 issue


Elmquist keeps the story real: Reece’s parents aren’t likely to reunite, but he begins to develop some understanding of their individual needs, and Ruckus is given an outlet for his boundless energy, making for an optimistic conclusion. Parkins’ detailed illustrations are particularly attractive and break up the brief chapters, making this an inviting read for those newly transitioned to chapter books. - Kirkus Review

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