Josh Bernstein wants a dog more than anything else. At nine years of age, he’s ready to take on the challenge of caring for a dog. So is his sister, Becky. She’s five and wants to help. After a tear-jerking movie night filled with Lassie Come Home movies, Josh’s mom finally agrees and it’s off to the animal shelter where they find Bagels. But Josh may have bitten off more than he can chew — but not more than Bagels can chew, for this wild terrier-mix gets into everything, including the bag of bagels Mom keeps on top of the fridge! Bagels gets into one harrowing adventure after another, until Dad threatens to return him to the animal shelter.
Bagels Come Home is a fast-paced, funny story, perfect for first grade readers transitioning to a slightly longer, beginning chapter book. It will keep a young reader’s interest — in fact, even adults can become entranced. There are just enough illustrations to highlight the action. It’s a great book!
Recommended for ages 6 – 8.
Marcia Berneger is a retired teacher who lives with her husband and three crazy dogs. She taught both first and second grade, as well as special education. She currently teaches Torah school, in addition to her volunteer work in classrooms, libraries, and with various fundraisers. She lives in San Diego.