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LaRue Across America by Mark Teague

Published by Scholastic Press

Pages: 40

Ages: 4 and up.

Publishers Summary: Ike’s plan for a peaceful cruise with Mrs. LaRue are thwarted when their neighbor, Mrs. Hibbins, falls suddenly ill. Mrs. LaRue suggests that she and Ike care for her cats while Mrs. Hibbins is in the hospital, inviting them along on the cruise. But cats aren’t allowed, and Mrs. LaRue decides to take them all on a week’s vacation of road-tripping. Ike is beside himself and quickly takes up his pen to tell us why!

Join award-winner Mark Teague on this romping road trip across America. Readers can follow along on the maps of the U.S. that span the endpapers. Teague drives us to the story’s satisfying conclusion, and we are left with one profound question: Can cats and dogs really be friends?

The Turkeybird Speaks: “This dog is hilarious! I can’t even imagine being in a car with my sister all the way across the US, but my mom says that I’ve driven that far before. I guess I was too little to remember and Littlebug wasn’t born yet. That would be crazy! Plus this poor doggie wanted to go on a big boat for the summer. Wouldn’t that be fun?! Well, he might get his way by the end, but you’ll have to read it to find out. Plus, along the way you’ll get to learn about fun places like the Grand Canyon, wow!”

Mom’s Two Cents: “Sometimes things just don’t go as planned. Unfortunately for Ike his neighbor’s untimely hospitalization results in the loss of his planned summertime cruise and the addition of two ornery cats to a new drive across the US instead. His own beloved owner, Mrs. LaRue is convinced this will be the perfect solution to not only the cat’s predicament but her proneness to seasickness. Will they make the journey without clawing each other to pieces? And will cats and dogs ever learn to be friends?

“This is really just a fun tale of cats and dogs doing what they do best. What’s perfect about this story are the postcards that Ike sends back to the hospitalized Mrs. Hibbins. They range from pleasant to overly aggravated and finally to quite pleased. All Ike is really regretting is having to lose his planned Mexican Cruise, and who really could blame him for that? Anyone, especially adults, who love animals will truly get a kick out of the drama that goes on between these two natural enemies trying to behave in a small space all the way across the country.

“With gorgeous illustrations and an incredibly wacky journey readers won’t be able to stop laughing while reading LaRue Across America. With a map to follow along on the back covers this also gives a bit of an educational experience to the read that even younger readers will enjoy. Do Ike and his natural enemies, the cats, ever make up and get to be good friends? Do they make it home or are they destined to spend the rest of their time in a small car? You’ll just have to read this hilarious tale of a summertime vacation gone wrong.”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 5 and up. Incorporate a bit of a geography lesson with the tale of two hilarious natural enemies and you have the makings of a story animal lovers everywhere will love. Best read with children who are more likely to sit through longer picture books.


Thanks to the publisher Scholastic Press, I have the opportunity to giveaway two (2) copies of LaRue Across America by Mark Teague! Thank you! Take a look at the book trailer below and then fill out the form to enter!

Details: Two winners will be chosen at random after the contest closes. You MUST fill out the form below, comments will not count as entries. Only one entry per household. Must be a follower of There’s A Book. Giveaway is open to US Residents only. The giveaway will run from March 16, 2011 until March 31, 2011 midnight EST.

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7 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: LaRue Across America by Mark Teague

  1. Lori says:

    This sounds like a fun book! I would love to win copy. Great giveaway.

  2. Alida Bunder says:

    Love your website. Looking forward to following you on twitter and on There’s a Book.

  3. Vidisha says:

    Great giveaway!!!

  4. I entered! This book looks SO SUPER ADORABLE!!! XOXO

  5. RivkaBelle says:

    I love the La Rue books – they are always sooooo cute! 😀

  6. Love Teague’s illustrations – I became a fan of his illustrations when I found Jane Yolen’s Dinosaurs series.

  7. Gina says:

    Well knowing me as you do, of course it’s appeal to me. I think I even featured it once in a Roving Reader post because I definitely remember that cover. Sounds like a wonderful book for readers of all ages and how can you really go wrong with a story on dogs? Especially one that sounds as fun and funny as this. Great job on the review you two! Thanks for the giveaway as well! Happy reading… ^_^

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