Wishworks, Inc

Wishworks, Inc

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Max has a dog named King with soft reddishfur and a great plume of a tail. King attacksonly bad guys, like the third-grade bully,Nick Berger. He's there whenever Max wantshim to be. He's the only friend Max needs.Except he isn't. King isn't real. But eversince his parents' divorce and his move toa new home and school, Max is handlingthe changes the only way he knows how:by having wonderful adventures in hisimagination. Then Max happens upon astore called Wishworks, Inc., which promiseshis wish will come true "guaranteed"--andof course he asks for a real dog. But whenMax gets just what he wishes for, it may bea little more real than he expects!
Publisher: New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780545031547
0545031540
9780545031554
0545031559
Branch Call Number: J TOL
Additional Contributors: Bates, Amy June - Illustrator

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SPL_Childrens Feb 06, 2012

Likeable characters and an engaging plotline with some surprising twists add up to an enjoyable story that exemplifies the theme, “Be careful what you wish for (and what you “unwish” too).”

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SPL_Childrens Feb 06, 2012

SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 11

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SPL_Childrens Feb 06, 2012

Feeling lonely at his new school, Max wants very much to have a dog – a dog to be his best friend, one that would join him in all sorts of exciting adventures. Perhaps a dog could keep those three bullies from harassing him every day at school, too. (It’s not his fault that he’s “the new kid”, or that he, his mom and little sister have had to move because of his parents’ divorce.) Max is sure that a dog would help everything that’s going wrong for him lately.
When Max discovers a mysterious store called “Wishworks, inc.”, that grants wishes (“guaranteed”) for its customers, he asks for a dog.
By no stretch of the imagination is “Ratty” the big, strong dog that Max has envisioned in his daydreams. A scruffy, thin, stray dog, Ratty no sooner appears on Max’s doorstep that she is into one act of mischief and trouble after another. Max can’t, for one second, imagine Ratty accompanying him on thrilling adventures to vanquish dragons, two-headed beasts … or bullies at school.
Max and Ratty do have “adventures” together, but they’re certainly not the type of adventures that Max has been dreaming about - except in his nightmares!
Max decides to visit Wishworks inc. again to ask for a second wish. The results are unanticipated, to say the least!

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