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Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm
Amulet 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie
Bad Matter by Alexandra Duncan
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
Civil War on Sunday (Magic Tree House #21) by Mary Pope Osborne
A Country Mouse in the Town House by Henrietta
Diary of a Fly by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss
Dingoes at Dinnertime (Magic Tree House #20) by Mary Pope Osborne
Dragon of the Red Dawn (Magic Tree House #37) by Mary Pope Osborne
Gossamer by Lois Lowry
Horrible Harry and the Ant Invasion by Suzy Kline
Hurry Freedom by Jerry Stanley
I'm Not Going to Chase the Cat Today! by Jessica Harper
Inside Time by Tim Sullivan
Inside a Zoo in the City by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman
Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
The Last Surgeon by Michael Palmer
Lost Worlds: Adventures in the Tropical Rainforest by Bruce M. Beehler
Loudmouth George and the New Neighbors by Nancy Carlson
Mermaid by Robert Reed
Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks and Sue Hendra
Never Blood Enough by Joe Haldeman
The Nine Lives of Aristotle by Dick King Smith
The Order of Things by Barbara Ann Kipfer
Owly Volume 3: Flying Lessons by Andy Runton
Pigsty by Mark Teague
Poppleton by Cynthia Rylant

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
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2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for Loudmouth George and the New Neighbors

Loudmouth George and the New Neighbors: 05/21/10

Loudmouth George and the New Neighbors cover art (Link goes to Powells)If Loudmouth George and the New Neighbors didn't have Harriet the dog in it, we probably would have skipped it. Loudmouth George isn't a very likeable character and he doesn't want to play with the new neighbors (who happen to be pigs).

The story pits George against Harriet. Harriet wants to play with the pig girl and George doesn't. He tries spreading rumors about all the "bad" things pigs do. Harriet throughout the book continues to do her thing and ignore George when he's at his worst.

While it's important to teach children tolerance I found Loudmouth George's behavior too self serving to the moral of the story. In the previous books from the series the plots aren't so obvious, aiming instead for a subtle humor.

My Harriet enjoyed the book more than I did although she didn't ask for a re-read like she has with others in the series.

Other books featuring Harriet and the rest of Nancy's Neighborhood

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