No More Dead Dogs

No More Dead Dogs

Book - 2002
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Nobody understands Wallace Wallace. This reluctant school football hero has been suspended from the team for writing an unfavorable book report of Old Shep, My Pal. But Wallace won't tell a lie-he hated every minute of the book! Why does the dog in every classic novel have to croak at the end? After refusing to do a rewrite, his English teacher, who happens to be directing the school play Old Shep, My Pal, forces him go to the rehearsals as punishment. Although Wallace doesn't change his mind, he does end up changing the play into a rock-and-roll rendition, complete with Rollerblades and a moped!
Publisher: New York : Hyperion Paperbacks for Children, 2002, c2000.
Edition: First Hyperion pbk. edition
ISBN: 9780786816019
Branch Call Number: YA KORMAN G
Characteristics: 180 pages ; 20 cm.


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Oct 17, 2017

So funny! A nice break from some heavier class reading, or a fun diversion. I loved this one, with its sly stabs at sad dog books and hilarious descriptions of the school play. Wonderfully ridiculous and amazingly fun, this lighthearted tale is perfect for a bit of relaxation and distraction.

FindingJane Aug 16, 2014

A protagonist with the unlikely name of Wallace Wallace is bound to be something different. This one certainly is. He’s decided that he’s never going to say anything but the truth. As you can imagine, this puts him in trouble with a lot of the people around him. It’s a wonder he has any friends. But he’s a sports hero and, as any American knows, we’re willing to forgive our misbehaving manchildren a great deal if they’re fantastic on the field.

The story itself provides a few mild diversions as Wallace discovers where his real friends are, the fallacies of his behavior and the joys of stepping out of his supposed niche in life. However, the book doesn’t focus entirely on him; each chapter peers into the mindset of the other main characters involved. This gives it added dimensions as we explore the impacts of Wallace’s behavior on those around him.

I did experience a faint annoyance that the motive behind Wallace’s truth telling was never really explored. His father was a lying philanderer and that contributed to the breakup of his marriage. Clearly, Wallace’s subconscious anger at his father formed much of the driving force behind his rigid honesty. But, other than a few paragraphs devoting itself to this bit of background information, no one ever mentions it. Even Wallace’s mother puts down his aggravating behavior to being “colorful”.

But other than that, this is an interesting book for the younger set and a sly poke at books about loving dogs.

hennazidele Oct 27, 2013

i read this book about 4 times in the past 4 years-and i still enjoyed it!

Jul 09, 2013

a good book with some interesting parts

Good book!

LocketLibrarian Apr 02, 2011

Another great Korman book with something for everyone. A little mystery and a lot of humor combine with alternating points of view to create a modern classic--one that requires No More Dead Dogs!!!

Aug 15, 2010

great book I read in grade 6 I love the layout of the book!

Jan 16, 2010

very funny and gets all weird in some spots


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