Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 6 to 9
- Grade: 1 to 4
- Reading age: 6 to 9
From the author of the Jasper John Dooley series comes a new lovable character: Isabel! The first title in this early chapter book series tells us why Isabel just has, has, has to get a dog!
Isabel and Zoë are favorite friends --- most of the time. They have side-by-side cubbies at school. They never take off their friendship bracelets. And they make each other laugh like nobody else. But some of the time, Isabel isn't Zoë's favorite friend at all. Because some of the time, the fun things they do end in a no-fun way. Like how they've been sent to the principal's office because of Isabel's shenanigans with some kindergartners. Now Zoë is mad at Isabel, and Isabel is miserable. Isabel is trying everything to win her friend back. Will getting a new puppy help Isabel mend her friendship with Zoë?
In this first title of the chapter book series for emerging readers, author Caroline Adderson introduces the inimitable Isabel and how she came to have her lovable dog, Rollo. Short chapters, spot-on humor and engaging illustrations on every spread make this series a perfect pick for both independent reading and read-alouds. Highly entertaining and fun, it also showcases the personal growth and development of the main character, while touching on subjects of interest to elementary-age children: relationships with friends, the responsibilities of having pets and family situations of all kinds, including how Isabel, who lives with her single mother and a nanny, loves the story of her adoption (and its similarities to their adoption of the dog).
About the authors
Caroline Adderson is the author of Very Serious Children (Scholastic 2007), a novel for middle readers about two brothers, the sons of clowns, who run away from the circus. I, Bruno (Orca 2007) and Bruno for Real are collections of stories for emergent readers featuring seven year-old Bruno and his true life adventures.
Caroline Adderson also writes for adults and has won two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes, three CBC Literary Awards, as well as the 2006 Marion Engel Award given annually to an outstanding female writer in mid-career. Her numerous nominations include the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, the Governor General's Literary Award, the Rogers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Most recently, Caroline was the Vancouver Public Library's 2008 Writer-in-Residence.
Her eight year-old son Patrick and his many friends inspire her children's writing. Caroline and her family live in Vancouver, British Columbia.
First-time author-illustrator Kelly Collier was born in Ottawa and grew up in Toronto. Kelly studied illustration in college and has had lots of editorial work published, but has always wanted to create a children's book. Kelly married a fellow artist who doesn't complain when her projects take over the entire house, she has a dog who sort of resembles Steve and she really loves gold.
For some kids, the move to reading on their own is dependent on fiercely engaging chapter books - ones that have the right combination of easy vocabulary, short sentences, relatable characters, goofiness, gross-out humour, and spot illustrations that help tell the story when you just need a break from all those words. Izzy in the Doghouse ... hits most of these notes, taking pointers from Ivy and Bean, one of the more successful beginner chapter-book series in recent memory.
Quill & Quire
A big-hearted series spin-off that stands (and yips) alone.
School Library Journal
With wide ranging emotions and frequent hilarity, Izzy in the Doghouse teaches kids about adoption, the responsibilities of child and pet care, non-traditional families, and the sometimes rocky road of friendship.—Ormsby Review
An endearing, energetic take on chapter books for transitioning readers.
... whimsical and satisfying.
Other titles by Caroline Adderson
Sunny Days Inside
and Other Stories
Pierre & Paul: Dragon!
A Russian Sister
It Happened on Sweet Street
Pierre & Paul: Avalanche!
Best Canadian Stories 2019
The Mostly True Story of Pudding Tat, Adventuring Cat
Jasper John Dooley: Public Library Enemy #1
Narratives of Demolition and Revival