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Eight-year-old Francie Waggit wants a pet so badly it hurts. But like her dad says, caring for pets takes time and money, and the Waggit family can’t spare much of either - especially with Francie’s mom off in Africa rescuing baby elephants. No matter how much Francie plays pretend that her dad is a type of PET (Physical Education Teacher), he just can’t fill the shoes, or Eight-year-old Francie Waggit wants a pet so badly it hurts. But like her dad says, caring for pets takes time and money, and the Waggit family can’t spare much of either - especially with Francie’s mom off in Africa rescuing baby elephants. No matter how much Francie plays pretend that her dad is a type of PET (Physical Education Teacher), he just can’t fill the shoes, or paws, of a real furry friend. So when a loveable stray named Scrimmy literally leaps into Francie’s life at a San Francisco 49ers football game right before Christmas, her father finally agrees to “tryout” a pet. Francie’s wish came true! Almost. Turns out, her new rescue dog is loyal to a fault: be it high fences, locked doggy doors, or elementary school rules, Scrimmy will stop at nothing to stay by Francie’s side. Can Francie help her faithful foster pooch make the Waggit team for keeps? Or will she have to give up her Best Furry Friend forever? Pet-Friendly Francie is ideal for children ready to advance beyond the chapter book reading level of the Magic Treehouse, but who are not yet ready for middle grade novels like Percy Jackson.


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Eight-year-old Francie Waggit wants a pet so badly it hurts. But like her dad says, caring for pets takes time and money, and the Waggit family can’t spare much of either - especially with Francie’s mom off in Africa rescuing baby elephants. No matter how much Francie plays pretend that her dad is a type of PET (Physical Education Teacher), he just can’t fill the shoes, or Eight-year-old Francie Waggit wants a pet so badly it hurts. But like her dad says, caring for pets takes time and money, and the Waggit family can’t spare much of either - especially with Francie’s mom off in Africa rescuing baby elephants. No matter how much Francie plays pretend that her dad is a type of PET (Physical Education Teacher), he just can’t fill the shoes, or paws, of a real furry friend. So when a loveable stray named Scrimmy literally leaps into Francie’s life at a San Francisco 49ers football game right before Christmas, her father finally agrees to “tryout” a pet. Francie’s wish came true! Almost. Turns out, her new rescue dog is loyal to a fault: be it high fences, locked doggy doors, or elementary school rules, Scrimmy will stop at nothing to stay by Francie’s side. Can Francie help her faithful foster pooch make the Waggit team for keeps? Or will she have to give up her Best Furry Friend forever? Pet-Friendly Francie is ideal for children ready to advance beyond the chapter book reading level of the Magic Treehouse, but who are not yet ready for middle grade novels like Percy Jackson.

45 review for Pet-Friendly Francie Scores a Pooch: (A children's animal story about a girl and her rescue dog)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nerdish Mum

    I was lucky enough to receive an e-book copy of Pet-Friendly Francie Scores A Pooch direct from the author Kat E. Erikson in exchange for an honest review. The story follows Francie Waggit and her dad after they meet a stray dog at a 49ers game and they are giving Scrimmy (the dog) a trial period. There are a lot of fun hi-jinx throughout and all the characters are extremely loveable. As a parent I found the writing really easy to read both in my head and aloud, which I think is a great aspect o I was lucky enough to receive an e-book copy of Pet-Friendly Francie Scores A Pooch direct from the author Kat E. Erikson in exchange for an honest review. The story follows Francie Waggit and her dad after they meet a stray dog at a 49ers game and they are giving Scrimmy (the dog) a trial period. There are a lot of fun hi-jinx throughout and all the characters are extremely loveable. As a parent I found the writing really easy to read both in my head and aloud, which I think is a great aspect of any children's book even if they are aimed at the slightly older child. There were also a lot of lessons which can be learnt throughout the book, which I will go into more detail in a moment, I liked that the book covered things like the fact that Francie's mum was working abroad and so she had been away for around 4 months at the time of the book and how Francie and her dad dealt with her absence and the feelings about it, without going into too much depth. It also covers the fact that the family had to make sacrifices (renting out the top of the house) to be able to live the way that made them happy and do the things they wanted to do as well as working hard. Pet-Friendly Francie as I said previously teaches a lot of lessons, there are the real knowledge lessons given by the teacher about dogs and wolves and their packs and then there are the life lessons. Francie shows kindness and love for all animals and humans (diversity is covered) and how it is good to be nice, even if it's to a bully as they might have their own problems. All of this is fantastic and covered in such a way that a child can understand and learn from it while it all being a very fun story to both tell and read, I really enjoyed this book and I will be telling my other mum friends about it. My 7 year old loved it too and I'm going to let her write her own review when she's finished re reading it so you can see from a child's perspective what she picked up and what she thought of everything. This was originally published on my blog http://lifeofanerdishmum.blogspot.co.uk/

  2. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Francie scores a pooch. She wants a dog so badly...I can relate. I remember as a child wanting a dog so badly I could hardly breathe! Francie scores a pooch. She wants a dog so badly...I can relate. I remember as a child wanting a dog so badly I could hardly breathe!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    Enjoyable I enjoyed reading this story to my grandchild. This is a great story for a child wanting to get their own furry friend.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emily Spears

    I recently finished reading another children’s book called “Pet-Friendly Francie Scores A Pooch” written by Kat E. Erikson. I couldn’t be more delighted to do this review as it happens to touch on certain subjects that many people hold close to their hearts and strongly believe in: that would be animal welfare, pet adoption etc. I know you’re dying to get right into this write- up, so let’s get right into it. The story revolves around a young girl Francie Waggit and her father who is a physical I recently finished reading another children’s book called “Pet-Friendly Francie Scores A Pooch” written by Kat E. Erikson. I couldn’t be more delighted to do this review as it happens to touch on certain subjects that many people hold close to their hearts and strongly believe in: that would be animal welfare, pet adoption etc. I know you’re dying to get right into this write- up, so let’s get right into it. The story revolves around a young girl Francie Waggit and her father who is a physical education teacher at the elementary school she attends. After years of begging him to let her have a pet they run across a stray dog while at a ballgame and Francie decides to rescue it that same night. Just when she thought she’d solve her longing for a pet, she then experiences a plethora of new problems that come with owning a pet. “Eight-year-old Francie Waggit wants a pet so badly it hurts. But like her dad says, caring for pets takes time and money, and the Waggit family can’t spare much of either - especially with Francie’s mom off in Africa rescuing baby elephants. No matter how much Francie plays pretend that her dad is a type of PET (Physical Education Teacher), he just can’t fill the shoes, or paws, of a real furry friend. So when a loveable stray named Scrimmy literally leaps into Francie’s life at a San Francisco 49ers football game right before Christmas, her father finally agrees to ‘tryout’ a pet. Francie’s wish came true! Almost. Turns out, her new rescue dog is loyal to a fault: be it high fences, locked doggy doors, or elementary school rules, Scrimmy will stop at nothing to stay by Francie’s side. Can Francie help her faithful foster pooch make the Waggit team for keeps? Or will she have to give up her Best Furry Friend forever? “ I like this story because not only is it an easy read for all ages, especially children who are reluctant to even pick up a book, but also because it weaves a fantastic message within the plot itself. I especially like when Erikson pauses for a moment to reflect on what it means for animals to live free and healthy lives. There is a paragraph I particularly liked when reading chapter 8 - check out this excerpt: “ ‘World Animal Protection emphasizes how important animals are to all of us, and how to treat them with respect,’” continued Miss Stiles. “ ‘ Understanding the way man’s best friend, the dog, communicates and interacts with the world helps us sniff out ways to understand others in the animal kingdom better too, including our own kind.’ “ This is a perfect book for people of all ages, not just for young children. It’s great for anyone who is into conserving an animal’s well-being or wants to get started in pursuing a great cause. It’s never too late to do something benefiting the world. Follow Kat E. Erikson on Twitter (@KatE_Erikson) and check out her work as well. http://main.nimrodstreet.com/articles...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Harshita Sharma

    ‘Pet-Friendly Francie’ by Kat E. Erikson is an utterly charming tale of young Francie and her remarkable adopted dog Scrimmy. Gently humorous and touching, Pet-Friendly Francie is an entertaining story for children that is compassionate and fun to read. I especially liked how clever Francie is and the pleasant temperament of here dog Scrimmy. All good relationships have that in common. The story follows Francie Waggit and her family. France wants to have a dog but her father never agrees to that, ‘Pet-Friendly Francie’ by Kat E. Erikson is an utterly charming tale of young Francie and her remarkable adopted dog Scrimmy. Gently humorous and touching, Pet-Friendly Francie is an entertaining story for children that is compassionate and fun to read. I especially liked how clever Francie is and the pleasant temperament of here dog Scrimmy. All good relationships have that in common. The story follows Francie Waggit and her family. France wants to have a dog but her father never agrees to that, one day they meet a stray dog at a 49ers game, who grabs everyones attention by taking the ball from the players and Francie’s father agrees to give Scrimmy (the name Francie gives to that dog) a trial period. There are a lot of fun hi-jinx throughout and all the characters are extremely loveable, specially Scrimmy. The writing is really easy to read, which is a great aspect of any children's book. The book teaches a lot of lessons which can be learnt throughout the book. The book covered the absence of Francie’s mother for 4 months, who is working abroad, and how the family dealt with it and the feelings about it. It also covers the fact that the family had to make sacrifices (renting out the top floor of the house) to be able to live the way that made them happy and do the things they wanted to do as well as working hard. The book covers not just lessons about dogs and wolves and their behaviour, it also teaches a number of life lessons. Francie shows kindness and love for all animals and humans (diversity is covered) and how it is good to be nice, even if it's to a bully as they might have their own problems. All of this is fantastic and covered in such a way that a child can understand and learn from it while it all being a very fun story to both tell and read. I really enjoyed reading this book and I felt connected to the story through out the whole book being a dog parent and lover myself. I almost cried when Scrimmy was lost and Francie couldn’t find him. And I could feel their happiness when they found him back. The behaviour of the dog was also depicted very accurately. Aside from being a fun read, it evokes the peculiar passionate attachment between humans and their pets and the richness of life when the two harmonise. The San Francisco cityscape and Francie's unusual family are also charmingly portrayed. The writing is upbeat and light-hearted, also being full of word play and puns. I can't think of a better book to delight a young reader with the playfulness of language and pets! I especially liked was the representation of strong female role models. Francie is not only loving, compassionate, and an animal-lover, but she likely gets those traits from her mother, who is helping elephants in Africa. Kudos to the author for writing a girl character the way girls deserve to be written. I'm looking forward to seeing more from this author. Highly recommended this book, specially to all the dog lovers.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jackie B. - Death by Tsundoku

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Our story follows avid pet-lover, Francie, her father, and the mutt who falls into their lives: Scrimmy. Scrimmy ran onto the field during a 49er's game and causes quite a ruckus. Francie had been asking for a dog for years, and with the press hovering as Francie begged her father to free Scrimmy from Animal Control's clutches, well, Dad had to give in. What follows is an eye-opening and educational story about the r I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Our story follows avid pet-lover, Francie, her father, and the mutt who falls into their lives: Scrimmy. Scrimmy ran onto the field during a 49er's game and causes quite a ruckus. Francie had been asking for a dog for years, and with the press hovering as Francie begged her father to free Scrimmy from Animal Control's clutches, well, Dad had to give in. What follows is an eye-opening and educational story about the responsibilities of animal ownership, care, and the qualities a human must possess to truly be a successful caregiver. What I loved most about this story was how Francie learned from so many different people in her life. Her father teaches her about how to care for the animal by ensuring he eats the right food, gets plenty of exercise, and it taken out on the regular basis. Her teacher informs the class about how dogs are pack animals and how they communicate to each other, as well as to other dogs. Her best friend and friend's older brother teaches her how technology and passion can help expand a small project into a city-wide one. The principal teaches everyone how kindness, humanity, and empathy are essential to success not just with animals, but with people. The title of this book Pet-Friendly Francie Scores a Pooch: was surprisingly clear in describing the book. There is a lot of emphasis on being pet-friendly throughout. Personally, I only thought that being "pet-friendly" meant a location where pets could be present. Now I realize there is so much more to that term. Francie and her father visited pet-friendly locations in their hometown of San Francisco. They also talked about setting up physical spaces which will be engaging and safe for animals. Plus, pet-friendly can also refer to the tools you use to support your animals. Overall, a surprising gem. I definitely recommend this story to anyone who is introducing the idea of pet ownership to their children. There are a ton of great lessons to be learned!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Zeta Blankenship

    Pet-Friendly Francie Scores a Pooch: (A children's animal story about a girl and her rescue dog) (Volume 1) By Kat E. Erikson Illustrations by Mariel Garcia Children’s Book Review By Zeta Blankenship I enjoyed the book and the colorful illustrations, reading it with my grand-daughter, who is ten years old. We both loved the way Francie met her furry pal and how her quick thinking saved Scrimmy from pet jail. We were entertained by the shenanigans that Scrimmy seems to always be getting into, he cou Pet-Friendly Francie Scores a Pooch: (A children's animal story about a girl and her rescue dog) (Volume 1) By Kat E. Erikson Illustrations by Mariel Garcia Children’s Book Review By Zeta Blankenship I enjoyed the book and the colorful illustrations, reading it with my grand-daughter, who is ten years old. We both loved the way Francie met her furry pal and how her quick thinking saved Scrimmy from pet jail. We were entertained by the shenanigans that Scrimmy seems to always be getting into, he couldn’t seem to help being funny! He already had two strikes and we held on to hope with Francie that he wasn’t going to fail to make the team. The collar accident may be the last strike and there is nothing left they can do… There are some great options in the book and connections that offer opportunities to help rescue a pet. Not everyone can have a pet where they live and this book gives hope to those who dream of a furry friend. There are so many ways to spend time, volunteer, and contribute. I like that the basis of this story is true and in memory of special family members to the author. The book is amusing, educational, and supportive of organizations that reach out to help those in need. Great book! I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I read this book (this is actually my third time reading it) and every time I read it I think of my grandson William. He too really wants a pet. I can't wait to find out how he likes the book. Francie is a very determined little girl who really wants a dog. Her dad is a part-time teacher and her mom is in Africa working with elephant rehabilitation. Neither career really offers a whole lot of money and with Francie's mom overseas her dad doesn't feel like they have the time to give a pet. But on I read this book (this is actually my third time reading it) and every time I read it I think of my grandson William. He too really wants a pet. I can't wait to find out how he likes the book. Francie is a very determined little girl who really wants a dog. Her dad is a part-time teacher and her mom is in Africa working with elephant rehabilitation. Neither career really offers a whole lot of money and with Francie's mom overseas her dad doesn't feel like they have the time to give a pet. But one day a dog plays ball, with the San Francisco 49er's. Afterwards the dog is caught and is on the way to the pound. Francie talks to her dad and he agrees to foster the dog. They name the dog 'Scrimmy'. Scrimmy is a pack dog who wants to stay with Francie and her dad and manages to get out of the house multiple times. Francie's teacher is very understanding, their principal less so and gives Scrimmy and family an ultimatum - Scrimmy stays away from school or else! Needless to say Francie and her dad find away to keep Scrimmy and Francie finally gets a "forever" dog. If you have a child who loves pets they'll enjoy this story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    I really liked this children's book. The best thing about this book is that it's about animals. I am an animal lover and grew up with cats since I was young. This book brings back great memories about having my first pet. Without giving too much of the story it's basically about this eight year old named Francie determined to have her own pet named Scrimmy no matter the circumstances. It shows the true nature of having a pet and the true bond you and your furry friend will have throughout life. I really liked this children's book. The best thing about this book is that it's about animals. I am an animal lover and grew up with cats since I was young. This book brings back great memories about having my first pet. Without giving too much of the story it's basically about this eight year old named Francie determined to have her own pet named Scrimmy no matter the circumstances. It shows the true nature of having a pet and the true bond you and your furry friend will have throughout life. Including all the shenanigans that you may have to go through to keep your pet. I like that the author included the importance of saving animals, adopting animals, as well as the mention of the matching bracelets and the meaning behind it. I thought the book was very educational on ways to reach out and help animals and it included great resources to get involved. It's one of the best books to read to kids. They will not only love the book but share their love for animals and learn the importance of having and caring for a pet.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Prapti Panda

    This is by far one of the best children's books that I've ever read! I originally got it for my cousins, but I got hooked myself. I found it very hard to resist the allure of the characters. What's more, there was a lot of information regarding animals which I definitely appreciate. The matching bracelets and collar tags of Francie and Scrimmy, and the deeper meaning behind them is a beautiful symbol. The start was very funny, with the dog making a big entrance to run off with a ball during a bi This is by far one of the best children's books that I've ever read! I originally got it for my cousins, but I got hooked myself. I found it very hard to resist the allure of the characters. What's more, there was a lot of information regarding animals which I definitely appreciate. The matching bracelets and collar tags of Francie and Scrimmy, and the deeper meaning behind them is a beautiful symbol. The start was very funny, with the dog making a big entrance to run off with a ball during a big match. 'Caniner 49er' is stuck in my head, even now. Francie's teacher is very inspiring. How I wish all teachers were like that... I also liked the fact that the author promoted adoption. The only problem with the book is that now my cousins are harassing my dogs to teach them to how play with a ball like Scrimmy could!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mark Jones

    Friendship, family and a few big lessons This story about Francie and her adopted dog is engaging and uplifting. Francie's new pet is intensely loyal and provides a few important lessons in friendship and responsibility through several twists and turns in this very enjoyable tale. This is a fine chapter book for young readers who love animals. Friendship, family and a few big lessons This story about Francie and her adopted dog is engaging and uplifting. Francie's new pet is intensely loyal and provides a few important lessons in friendship and responsibility through several twists and turns in this very enjoyable tale. This is a fine chapter book for young readers who love animals.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Angel

    A nice book for an 8 to 12 year old child that like animals/pets and enjoys sports. I thought this book taught some lessons and facts that a child should know.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Louanne

    Heartwarming! I enjoyed this book so much that I am considering sending it to all of my pet-loving friends! An excellent story!

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