Monday, January 16, 2017

Dear Mr. Trump, Top Dog?

Dear Mr. Trump,

Since you believe “reading long documents is a waste of time, . . . I want it short. There’s no reason to do hundreds of pages. . . . ”* Reading children’s literature is right up your alley so why not start with dog books that you and Barron can both read. For example, Top Dog.

Top Dog (Puppy Patrol: New York’s Finest), by Jenny Dale (Scholastic, 107 pages, 2001, ages 9 and up), 38th in the series of 45.

Mr. Trump, you will love Top Dog not only for the title but also because it takes place in New York City!

Our boy-hero Neil and his sister fly to New York City for a vacation with their former neighbors, Jane and Richard. While sightseeing, they run into a stray dog, a delightful black lab that they can’t get rid of. So they and their taxi driver take care of him temporarily, calling him Bagel. Jane, a dog walker, runs into another dog walker who seems to know their temporary charge but is not well-liked by any of the constantly varying purebred dogs she walks – hmmmm, a mystery, or so it seems. But, on to Coney Island, the Empire State Building, and the Statue of Liberty, all places I’m sure the Trump family has visited.

Meanwhile, our friends read that the Mets’ mascot, a black lab named Joe DiMaggio with a white star on his chest, has gone missing and the baseball team will lose without him.  

How does Neil manage to tie up all these loose ends in time for the Subway Series between the Mets and the Yankees?

When you find out, Mr. Trump, let us at DogEvals know!

Your new pals at DogEvals

Tomorrow: Trick or Treat?

Caveat: You can probably find this book at your local public library. Or try a used-books store.

*Washington Post, 17 July 16, article by Marc Fisher

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