Orca Book Publishers (2006)
Reviewed by (age 11) for Reader Views (8/07)
“Dog Walker” is a story about a boy and his friends, dogs, and girls. Turk (the boy) has to walk his dad’s boss’ dog after his parents take care of her all night. When he meets up with his friend Leo, two girls come up and tell him how cute the dog is. After that he decides to open a dog-walking business to meet girls and make cash. He meets with his friends and they join the business too.
There are two rules. No one can tell anyone about the business and Turk gets half the money. Since no one wants to walk the ugly or super wild dogs, Turk gets stuck with them. When he’s on a walk, he meets a girl named Carly that he has known since the fourth-grade. She tells him that she’s going away for the weekend and she asks him to look after her dog. He says ok, but then the next day he realizes that one of his workers is sick and everyone else is busy. Then he decides that he and his best friend can take care of three dogs at his place. When he comes back with one of the dogs, he realizes that someone took the dog that Carly owns when he was supposed to take care of him. Then he takes one of the dogs with him and goes out to find the dog. After an hour or two of searching, he gives up. Does he ever find Carly’s dog? I’ll let you figure out what happens next when you read “Dog Walker,” which is a very good book that I would suggest to kids ten and up who like dogs. It is also good for kids that don’t like very big books because it only has about 100 pages.
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