Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School

Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School

Mark Teague / Oct 22, 2020

Dear Mrs LaRue Letters from Obedience School When Ike Larue is imprisoned at the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy he tries everything to get sent home weepy letters to his owner even illness In reality Brotweiler is like camp than prison but s

  • Title: Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School
  • Author: Mark Teague
  • ISBN: 9780439206631
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When Ike Larue is imprisoned at the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy, he tries everything to get sent home weepy letters to his owner, even illness In reality, Brotweiler is like camp than prison, but still, Ike s not cut out for life w o Mrs Larue his creature comforts Finally, he runs away only to find himself back in Snort City just in time to save Mrs.When Ike Larue is imprisoned at the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy, he tries everything to get sent home weepy letters to his owner, even illness In reality, Brotweiler is like camp than prison, but still, Ike s not cut out for life w o Mrs Larue his creature comforts Finally, he runs away only to find himself back in Snort City just in time to save Mrs Larue s life.Teague is at the top of his fetching form in this madcap comedy where the real world of Brotweiler the one Ike imagines are brilliantly depicted thru split screen visuals, the former in color the latter in bw.

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      • Mark Teague

        Mark Teague has delighted young readers with than 20 picture books, and he has written many of them himself, including the popular Pigsty, Baby Tamer, and One Halloween Night He is also the illustrator of Cynthia Rylant s beloved Poppleton series for beginning readers and the best selling books by Jane Yolen, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight and How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon.Mark Teague s life changed when he moved from San Diego to New York City and he planted the seed for his first picture book, The Trouble with the Johnsons Each of Teague s books start as notebooks full of sketches and scribbles, strange little drawings and phrases that suddenly come together, Teague explains And although he had no formal writing training, his endless imagination and understanding nature gives him a permanent place in the hearts of everyone.Mark and his wife live in Coxsackie, New York, with their young daughter Lily, who has a great time watching her dad paint the pictures in his books.


    1. This book could have been incredibly hilarious, and while for me it didn’t quite make it to that level, I thought it was really cute and funny. The illustrations are great: in color for reality and the alternate scenes, as told by Ike the dog, are in black & white. I love the words that are part of the pictures, and especially loved the chart diagnosis on Ike’s infirmary bed. Anybody who knows and loves dogs will recognize some doggy behaviors and thought processes here, even though Ike [...]

    2. Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School, by Mark Teague, is a playful story about Ike, a misunderstood puppy. Ike was sent to the Brotweiler Canine Academy by his owner Mrs. LaRue. Ike writes letter after letter to Mrs. LaRue explaining the horrific treatment he is receiving at the academy. However, the intricate illustrations suggest otherwise. For example, when Ike writes about being sent to solitary confinement in a cell, there is a picture of him a nice woman giving all of the dogs tr [...]

    3. Ike is a rambunctious dog that has been sent away, by his owner, to obedience school. Ike finds himself at the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy because of his bad behavior at home. Ike wants nothing more than to go back home to his owner Mrs. LaRue. So he decides to begin writing letters to his owner describing his experiences at the obedience school. As Ike writes his letters, he stretches the truth, in describing how horrible his experiences are at the Canine Academy. But because of the wonderfu [...]

    4. 1) Book summary, in your own words (3 pts)-Ike LaRue is a little dog who has been sent to obedience school, or if you ask him, prison. He absolutely hates it and sends letter to his owner, Mrs. LaRue, pleading desperately to let him leave. He misses everything about home. Eventually, Ike escapes obedience school just in time to save his owner from a horrible accident. 2) Grade level, interest level, lexile (1 pt)-1st-3rd grade.3) Appropriate classroom use (subject area) (1 pt)-Entertainment read [...]

    5. Teague, Mark. Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School. New York: , 2002. This review is also posted on mrtierneyslibraryDear Mrs. Larue Letters from Obedience school is an amusing picture book that is told from the perspective of a dog named Ike. Ike has been getting in trouble lately and sent to Obedience school. Ike writes letters to his master expressing his concern that he didn't understand that she did not want him to eat her chicken pie or chase the neighbors cats. When he escapes, [...]

    6. Summary: Mrs. LaRue sends her dog, Ike, away to an obedience school. Ike sends Mrs. LaRue letters each day explaining how "awful" it is at this school. Ike threatens to run away from the school and become a stray dog, but things don't turn out as great as he thinks. Grade level: 3-4Appropriate classroom use: EnglishStudents who may benefit: Students who like bright detailed pictures and who like dogs would enjoy this humorous book.Small group use: This would be a good book for children to pass a [...]

    7. * Book Summary Ike is a puppy who has been sent to obedience school because he has behavioral issues, while in the obedience school he refuses to listen and writes letters to his owner every day. Mrs. Larue refuses to see him but writes back to him. Eventually, Ike decides to escape the school but doesn't know if he's returning to Mrs. Larue's home. *awardsBook of the Year Award: Children's Illustrated* Grade Level/ Interest level 2nd-3rd* Appropriate Classroom Use I would use this book when lea [...]

    8. This is a fun book in which a wire fox terrier, Ike La Rue, is sent to obedience school after ruining Mrs. La Rue's coat. Ike writes letters home detailing the horrible conditions at the school. Color pictures juxtapose reality with Ike's melodramatic descriptions. This can be used to introduce and have children practice letter writing, as well as comparing and contrasting Ike's fiction with his reality. Primary students as well as secondary students can benefit from this book.

    9. If you're an adult, this book is humorous and clever. If you're a kid, this book is unaccessible and confusingd a big let-down. I know many reviewers would disagree with me, but kids don't lie!

    10. This was funny! I don't think that younger kids will appreciate it as much, since there's a lot of vocabulary that they won't understand. So I recommend this for the older kids. Like, 9 or 10 years old.

    11. Summary: Dear Mrs. LaRue is an epistolary book comprised of letters sent to Mrs. LaRue from her dog Ike who is currently residing at obedience school. Ike sends Mrs. LaRue daily letters about how much he dislikes his obedience school. He also explains that it was a mistake for her to send him there and that she should come and get him right away. No one expects what Ike will do when Mrs. LaRue does not come to get him. Evaluation: This is an exceptionally good book to teach students about writin [...]

    12. Dear Mrs. LaRue Letters from Obedience School written and illustrated by Mark Teague tells the tale of a misunderstood pooch, Ike. After a series of unfortunate events, Mrs. LaRue decides to send Ike to the Brotweiler Canine Academy for obedience training.Ike sends Mrs. LaRue letters daily describing the horrible conditions that he is in. He relentlessly pleads his case requesting to come home immediately. Will Ike ever learn how to be a good dog? Will Mrs. LaRue ever forgive Ike for his transgr [...]

    13. Veronica A.11Mrs.LaRue enrolled Ike to an academy because he was stealing food from the counter table. Ike always send a letter to Mrs. LaRue telling her how bad was this school. Ike think that this school is a prison he wants to go with Mrs. LaRue. Ike is sorry about the chicken pie he ate that he wasn't supposed to eat.Ike is now telling Mrs.LaRue about the Hibbins cats.Ike has to do what Miss Klondike Ike is telling Mrs.LaRue that she is making them do what she wants.Ike is telling Mrs.LaRue [...]

    14. Summary:Ike is a spoiled dog who is forced to go to obedience school. He writes letters to his owner begging to come home until one day he escapes.Evaluation:The structure of the letters are correct with all the correct components included. This will allow students to use it as an example when writing a letter. The story also has a clear sequence of events and can be referred to easily through the dates on the letters.Teaching Idea:This would be a good read aloud when introducing how to write le [...]

    15. For more reviews, check out my blog Craft-CycleI read the second book in the series before this one, but it feel pretty solitary about them both. Interesting story. I enjoyed the epistolary style, but I could see how it may not resonate with young children. The story is really driven by the letters so it may be a bit confusing. The wording is often vague so I think it is suited for more advanced readers than very young ones. This one had less of a structured plot than the second one, which made [...]

    16. This is a longer picture book, text-wise, so it is better suited for elementary students or older preschoolers.It’s quite funny - the kids and I enjoyed seeing the difference between the dog’s perception and the owner’s perception and the “reality” of his situation. The illustrations show the difference between the reality (in color) and the dog’s perception (in black and white). The book could be used in classroom discussions about letter writing and street-crossing safety.This book [...]

    17. Dear Reader,Told through letters from obedience school and local newspaper clippings, Ike's story truly is a one of great hardship. Like Ike, I may be being a tad melodramatic, but one really must put oneself in his paws. Imprisoned by his owner and held against his will, nothing could be as cruel.Sincerely,Your Local LibrarianP.S. This review is being melodramatic. The book is tons of fun! Be sure to examine each page to discover Ike's reading list and how he imagines his situation vs. what is [...]

    18. Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School is a fantastic book in my opinion. I personally used this book myself when I had to create an activity plan for a small group of second graders. I used this book has the activity ice breaker when using context clues and finding main ideas in a text. Aside from the teaching aspect, these kids loved this book and the illustrations that came with it. It was a very comical book many kids can enjoy.

    19. This is a great book for introducing kids to persuasive language. Some of the vocabulary is a bit challenging for 5th grade ELL's so it's best to use it as a read aloud. Another great feature is how it the story the dog is trying to create is illustrated in black and white while the reality is illustrated in color. So that's another thing that can be discussed with students.

    20. Ike is a dog whose misbehaviour landed him into obedience school. He missed his owner, Mrs. LaRue, so much that he writes to her every day. His dramatic letters are intended to convince her that he is sadly mistreated and must go home. When he escapes she worries about him. This is a funny story with fabulous illustrations.

    21. Funny, but not hysterical. Had to explain quite a few things to my four year old (“why is the dog in jail?”) but it lead to a good conversation about exaggerating

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