Bulldog Library

Wishworks, Inc.

on August 25, 2013

JF Tolan    •    Fantasy

Jacket.aspxHave you ever wished for a dog?  Max did.  Max has always wanted a dog, a big dog with a bushy tail that always obeys his every command.  Unfortunately, when Max wished for a dog, he wasn’t quite specific enough.  He doesn’t get a big dog, or a beautiful dog, or even a well behaved dog!  What he does get is a tiny, ratty-looking dog who chews his toys and chases his cat.

Max decides that there is only one thing to do.  He must wish this awful dog away.  But will his life go back to normal when the ratty little dog is gone?  Or will he find that the ratty little dog was exactly what his family needed all along?

Wishworks, Inc. is an imaginative, yet very simple story.  It is not a long book, and the large text and many pictures make it a fairly quick read.  It really gives an excellent contrast between the fantasy of a dog and the reality of owning a dog.  Max learns about the responsibility and hard work needed to raise a puppy.  This book is recommended for kids who think that they want a dog, or for readers who have previously enjoyed Bruce Coville’s Magic Shop series.

Interest Level: grades 2-4  •  Lexile: 680L  •  AR: 4.3

Tolan, S.S. (2009).  Wishworks, Inc. (Amy June Bates, Illustrator).  New York, NY: Arthur A. Levine Books.

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