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Children's Fiction Chapter Books

Izzy's Tail of Trouble

by (author) Caroline Adderson

illustrated by Kelly Collier

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2022
Chapter Books, Pets, Humorous Stories
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2022
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

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


Isabel, Zoë and Rollo are back! But, this time, Isabel's sweet little puppy is turning into a dog she can't recognize. So, who's in the doghouse now?

Isabel's dog, Rollo --- “the cutest, funniest puppy” ever --- just doesn't seem like himself these days. For starters, he doesn't fit into any of her best friend Zoë's doll clothes anymore when they try to play baby with him. But worse, he keeps doing things that get him into a very big amount of trouble. Like, even when both girls are holding his leash, he manages to jerk loose to chase a squirrel --- then keeps running! And, when no one's looking, he eats everyone's ice cream, right off the table! Sure, Isabel bent the rules (or, um, had no rules?) for Rollo when he was a baby. But now he's a teenager --- and he's out of control!! Is there a cure for this?

Caroline Adderson, author of the Jasper John Dooley series, where Isabel was introduced, has created another pitch-perfect early chapter book series starring a hilarious, irrepressible and lovable hero. The short chapters, loads of humor and hijinks and fun illustrations by Kelly Collier on almost every spread are just right for early readers. And the quirky details, well-drawn cast of characters and one-of-a-kind perspective are sure to leave them begging for more the next Izzy adventure. This title is sure to resonate with any child who has ever dealt with an unexpectedly challenging pet. With its focus on social-emotional growth and development, it will spark lively discussions about growing up and taking responsibility.

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 was born in Ottawa and grew up in Toronto, Ontario, where she still lives with her husband and daughter. She has an identical twin sister and an older brother. As kids, Kelly and her sister drew all the time, mostly in an effort to "outdraw" their brother. Kelly studied illustration in college and is both the author and illustrator of the Steve the Horse series.


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)

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 (Praise for Izzy in the Doghouse)

... the many adventures will appeal to new readers aged 6-9, but the book would also make a good read-aloud.

CM Magazine

Elementary readers will enjoy this new story from Adderson's likeable characters.—Children's Literature

A gentle tale for dog lovers and newly confident readers alike.

School Library Journal

Elementary readers will enjoy this new story from Adderson's likeable characters.

Children's Literature

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