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Dodger and Me Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-04 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 23 user ratings
ISBN:0312561229
LANGUAGE:English

" Grades 4-6Willie gets a very different kind of imaginary friend, a talking blue chimpanzee, who appears out of a fast food bag turned teapot. He seems to have the power to grant Willie wishes, and when that happens, well...things start to get interesting for Willie. A simple but fun story about friendship and with a be careful what you wish for message. " said.

" A take off on the genie in a bottle theme.... Dodger, a blue chimp, is not quite what he seems. He appears to Willie in the middle of the woods after Willie picks up a discarded fast food bag and dusts it off. He can't quite offer Willie the three wishes that he had hoped for, but he does offer friendship. " said.

" I am a big fan of Jordan Sonnenblick. I think he is great. This story, to me, was just okay. It was a quick read and entertaining, and definitely has an audience. I think perhaps it may appeal to kids who have a hard time fitting in. Definitely, the cover would bring in some readers. Good book to booktalk. Not sure what, but the story was missing something for me. " said.

" Did you ever want a genie to get three wishes? Well, be careful what you ask for. Willy, didn't even want a genie, but he got one anyway: in the form of a blue, sloppy chimpanzee names Dodger that only he can see. He tries to help Willy with his problems. One problem is having no friends since his best friend moved; but it doesn't always go the way Willy thinks it will. " said.

" I can see upper-elementary kids getting a kick out of this, but it just didn't do it for me. It's kinda funny in spots, but overall it's trying too hard to be hilarious. Fourth- or fifth-graders will probably enjoy it, though.I'm mildly annoyed that I pulled something off my physical to-read shelf and it turns out to be something I never added to the GoodReads shelf, so I don't even get to delete it off that huge list. Sigh. " said.

" It's got baseball, it's got magic, it's got an enormous blue chlmp - Dodger and Me by Jordan Sonnenblick has it all! Willie Ryan struck out and lost the game for his team, his nickname is Wimpy, he's being followed by a kooky girl named Lizzie - the kid needs a break. Willie's break comes when he finds a strange teapot in the woods. He rubs it, and presto! Out comes a magical blue chimpanzee! Hard to believe? Definitely. The start of an outrageously funny story? You bet! " said.

"Ages 7-10

I did it! I finally finished a book while working at my new job. That's not to say that I haven't been reading (I have) I just haven't been FINISHING.

This was just the cute, fluffy, one-hour read I was looking for. A dweeby, baseball inept, friendless kid (Willie) meets a blue chimp genie whose lamp looks like fast food trash. Dodger gets his new "master" into all sorts of trouble while building up Willie's self-esteem.

Fast, snappy, and good for the reluctant reader or busy librarian.
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"After causing his baseball team to lose a game, being embarrassed by his friend Lizzie, and losing his way while taking a shortcut after school Willie didn't think his life could get any worse. All that changes when he picks up some garbage and a fast-talking blue chimp named Dodger appears ready to be his best friend. Hilarity and chaos ensue as Dodger tries to help Willie fix his problems.

The audio book was narrated by William Dufris who also did The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg, and he does pretty well with all the different characters except Lizzie who could have used more of a British accent.
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