What You Need to Know:|
• Dodsworth in Rome is a funny, witty story about Dodsworth and his friend Duck.
• This is the fourth in a collection of books that have taken Dodsworth and Duck to New York, London and Paris;
now, onward to Italy!
• The four short chapters are ideal for young readers anxious to move up to chapter books.
• The ink and watercolor illustrations are sophisticated and entertaining.
Just back from a trip to Italy myself, I couldn't resist picking up Tim Egan's new Roman adventure. Having read the other Dodsworth tales with my son, we couldn't wait to read about their trip to Italia! The quirky pairing of the high-jinx loving Duck and the straight man Dodsworth, never disappoints.
Things are anything but dull when Dodsworth and Duck are together. Duck usually causes major problems and Dodsworth spends most of his time straightening things out. Duck, unsurprisingly, creates a heap of chaos in this installment. Duck's mishaps, this time around, include attempting to add a duck to the Sistine Chapel ceiling since apparently Duck found Michelangelo remiss for not including a duck in his masterpiece! Duck also wins a pizza throwing contest, but at the same time, he manages to lose their suitcase with all their belongings. Dodsworth has his work cut out for him in this tale, but as always, he is up to the task!
Egan has again combined a funny, winning story with an exciting learning experience. The biggest attractions in Rome figure prominently, and your youngster will be thoroughly entertained while familiarizing him/herself with the Colliseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, just to name a few. This, and all the Dodsworth adventures, would make for perfect reading while preparing for a trip to any of the cities Duck and Dodsworth have already visited. About this particular adventure, molto bene Tim Egan!
2011, 48 pages
Friendship, Humor, Adventure, Travel
• What cities have you visited in the United States? Have you ever visited any foreign cities? Which ones?
• Have you ever been to Rome? If so, what was your favorite part of Rome?
• Did Duck make you laugh? Why?
• Do you know anyone like Dodsworth? How are they similar?
• Do you know anyone like Duck? How are they similar?
• Which is your favorite character, Duck or Dodsworth? Why?
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