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Children's Fiction Chapter Books

Izzy's Dog Days of Summer

by (author) Caroline Adderson

illustrated by Kelly Collier

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2023
Chapter Books, Humorous Stories, Friendship
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2023
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
  • Reading age: 6 to 9


In this heartwarming and hilarious title from award-winning author Caroline Adderson's delightful Izzy series, Isabel and Zoë are ready to have a big amount of fun at summer camp. But is summer camp ready for Izzy?

Isabel and Zoë are so excited to be starting Fun in the Sun Camp! It's too bad Isabel's dog, Rollo, isn't allowed, but the songs and sports, wiener roasts and crafts, swimming and storytelling will surely make up for that, right? Wrong! It turns out, the camp counselors do a big amount of saying no: NO singing your own song, NO running like a penguin, NO trading lunches (even when your sandwich bread is mushy from pickle juice!). Isabel wants to have her own Bigger Amount of Fun in the Sun Camp in the backyard, with Rollo, instead. But will Isabel's mom let her? And what will they do about Mr. Entwistle, their neighbor who lives on the grumpy side of the fence?

Award-winning author Caroline Adderson is a master at telling stories that keep early-chapter-book readers engaged, amused and laughing out loud. This series about the lovable Izzy delivers kid-perfect subjects, lovable characters, loads of humor - and a dog! This title works for both independent reading and reading aloud, with just enough fun-filled illustrations by Kelly Collier - one on nearly every spread - to keep the pages accessible. The side story about the older Mr. Entwistle touches on the theme of death in an accepting and respectful way and supports social-emotional learning and character education lessons on empathy.

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.


Caroline Adderson's profile page

Kelly Collier has been drawing since she was little, and studied illustration in college. She is the author-illustrator of A Horse Named Steve, Team Steve and The Imposter, and the illustrator of Sloth and Squirrel in a Pickle and the Izzy series. She has an identical twin sister and an older brother. The idea for Steve the Horse came from a doodle she did to fill a small empty frame at home. Kelly lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and daughter.

Kelly Collier's profile page

Editorial Reviews

A big-hearted series spin-off that stands (and yips) alone.—School Library Journal (Praise for Izzy in the Doghouse)

A gentle tale for dog lovers and newly confident readers alike.—School Library Journal (Praise for Izzy's Tail of Trouble)

Children will easily identify with the loveable characters, the authenticity of the children's enthusiasms and the frequent comical near disasters ... This fast moving story, with its appealing characters and humour ... will appeal to children aged 6-9 both as a read-aloud or as a book for independent new readers. Highly Recommended.—CM Magazine

The story also carries a great message of friendship, adoption, and being kind to everyone.—Children's Literature

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