Izzy in the Doghouse

Caroline Adderson
Kelly Collier

From the author of the Jasper John Dooley series comes a new lovable character: Isabel! The first title in this early chapter book series tells us why Isabel just has, has, has to get a dog!

Isabel and Zoë are favorite friends --- most of the time. They have side-by-side cubbies at school. They never take off their friendship bracelets. And they make each other laugh like nobody else. But some of the time, Isabel isn't Zoë's favorite friend at all. Because some of the time, the fun things they do end in a no-fun way. Like how they've been sent to the principal's office because of Isabel's shenanigans with some kindergartners. Now Zoë is mad at Isabel, and Isabel is miserable. Isabel is trying everything to win her friend back. Will getting a new puppy help Isabel mend her friendship with Zoë?

In this first title of the chapter book series for emerging readers, author Caroline Adderson introduces the inimitable Isabel and how she came to have her lovable dog, Rollo. Short chapters, spot-on humor and engaging illustrations on every spread make this series a perfect pick for both independent reading and read-alouds. Highly entertaining and fun, it also showcases the personal growth and development of the main character, while touching on subjects of interest to elementary-age children: relationships with friends, the responsibilities of having pets and family situations of all kinds, including how Isabel, who lives with her single mother and a nanny, loves the story of her adoption (and its similarities to their adoption of the dog).

978-1-77138-732-3 | Oct 6, 2020
List Price: USD $15.99, CAD $16.99
BW 5 1/2 x 7 1/4 168 pages
Grades: 1 To 4 / Ages: 6 to 9
978-1-5253-0598-6 | Oct 6, 2020
List Price: USD $7.99, CAD $7.99

Awards & Reviews

“An endearing, energetic take on chapter books for transitioning readers.”
— Kirkus Reviews, July 2020
“... whimsical and satisfying.”
— CM Magazine, October 2020
“A big-hearted series spin-off that stands (and yips) alone.”
— School Library Journal, October 2020
“For some kids, the move to reading on their own is dependent on fiercely engaging chapter books - ones that have the right combination of easy vocabulary, short sentences, relatable characters, goofiness, gross-out humour, and spot illustrations that help tell the story when you just need a break from all those words. Izzy in the Doghouse ... hits most of these notes, taking pointers from Ivy and Bean, one of the more successful beginner chapter-book series in recent memory.”
— Quill & Quire, November 2020
“With wide ranging emotions and frequent hilarity, Izzy in the Doghouse teaches kids about adoption, the responsibilities of child and pet care, non-traditional families, and the sometimes rocky road of friendship.”
— Ormsby Review, March 2021
2022 - Chocolate Lily Book Awards, Chapter Book category, Short-listed

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