by Judy Newman and Eliza Meuris
At Scholastic Book Clubs, we love it when the titles we offer inspire kids to write. So when our Book Talks teacher, Kyndel Edens, mentioned that her sixth grade student Eliza Meuris wrote the school’s book blog and was a big fan of Stick Dog, we invited her to write this week’s Life of a Reader post!
Just like Stick Dog, I love ice cream. Just like Eliza, my favorite ice-cream flavor has chocolate chips in it. And just like Stick Dog creator Tom Watson, I believe we need more kindness in this world, which is one of the core messages of his bestselling, kid-favorite chapter book series.
I am so excited to offer Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream as the Scholastic Book Clubs Book of the Week, and I am also excited to share Eliza’s essay and book review below.
Summer is an amazing season. Plants are growing, flowers are blooming, and kids are playing outside. But there’s just one problem: the heat! If there’s one thing I have to say about summertime that’s not good, it’s that it gets way too hot.
But there is a way to fix all that. It’s a cold, creamy ice cream that drips down the cone and onto your hand, but you won’t mind because you’re eating the best treat on the planet! It’s the perfect cure on those hot summer days. It always makes me laugh to see my little brother eat ice cream. He’s literally covered in it by the time he’s finished. It gets all over his face!
Even though the groundhog saw his shadow on February 2, it sure doesn’t feel like we are going to have six more weeks of winter. It feels like spring is right around the corner! I’ve been going outside more with this warmer weather and enjoying nice walks in my neighborhood. After spring comes summer, which means the ice-cream truck will be coming around soon! My favorite flavor is chocolate chip cookie dough, but I’m fine with almost any flavor.
Stick Dog loves ice cream too! But he and his friends have a hard time trying to get some of it on a hot day in Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream.
“Full of silly, slapstick doggy humor. An enticing package.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A fun and fast read. The story will cause any young reader to laugh and smile as the pages flip past.” —Kids Lit Review
I love how the author kept me turning the pages of Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream by making readers wonder what will happen next. There is action, adventure, and friends working as a team to find a solution. If you like this kind of adventure, then I definitely recommend this book. It is also very refreshing because it’s nice and focuses on friendship!
Here are some additional resources to support student engagement and excitement over Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream:
• Take a brain break with the Book Boys as they dance their way through a heat wave in a fun, original music video.
• Sixth grade teacher Kyndel Edens shares how she uses Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream to teach her students point of view, vocabulary, and science in Book Talks.
• Read an exclusive interview with author Tom Watson to discover more about the origins of Stick Dog and what he hopes readers take away from the story in Behind the Scenes.
• Download a free printable activity to accompany Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream in Cooked Up from a Book.
At Scholastic Book Clubs we are always trying to help teachers connect all of their students with books—like Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream—they’ll love to read. In addition to the $1 Book of the Week, we’ve created inflation-busting savings, exclusive author events, live read-aloud shows, and fun contests to help make reading come alive in your classroom.
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