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Dickens is a mischievous pup that wins the heart of Grandma. He comes into the family with lots of energy. When Grandma comes to visit, life changes. Grandma is a prim and proper gentlewoman. However, Dickens is anything but prim and proper. Read What the Dickens?!?! The Tale of a Rascally Pup by Tammy H. Kersey to learn how Dickens got his name and wiggled into the heart of Grandma. Children will love this impish pup and enjoy reading the rhyming text. Parents will appreciate that they can read and re-read the book to their children without becoming bored. The puppy wins hearts by being a typical puppy. Dickens’s antics delight the senses and make the story endearing and fun. This story is one that children of all ages will enjoy.
What do a puppy, a grandmother, and a white handkerchief have in common? They all play a significant role in What the Dickens?!?! The Tale of a Rascally Pup by Tammy H. Kersey. Any child who has welcomed a new puppy into their family will identify with the story of Dickens. Puppies bounce and play with little regard for boundaries. With Dickens’s wild streak, can you imagine introducing him to your very proper grandmother? As you might imagine, trouble follows. After several disasters caused by Dickens, it turns out he won a place in Grandma’s heart. This story shows that often opposites attract. Dickens and Grandma have nothing in common but develop a bond that transcends reason. Help your children understand that those who are different do not need to be seen as the enemy but can become great friends.