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Fenway and Hattie Up to New Tricks: 02/10/18

Fenway and Hattie Up to New Tricks by Victoria J. Coe

Fenway and Hattie Up to New Tricks by Victoria J. Coe is the third in the series of the adventures of a dog and his short human. As everything is told from the dog's point of view, a big part of the fun of these books is figuring out what's really going on.

This time Hattie's parents (Fetch Man and Food Woman) have put up the evil gate across the room they kept Fenway in when the family first moved into the new home. Fenway, though, isn't in the room. Instead there is the smell of paint and other horrible chemicals.

The other strange thing in Fenway's life now is an old steamer trunk — a box big enough to hide in (if you're a small dog). Inside the trunk are rings, scarves, balls, and fake flowers. Hattie has decided they are more fun to play with than Fenway.

From these initial clues it seems that the book is going to be about Hattie learning magic and making Fenway her canine assistant. While Hattie does continue to practice her magic but the book takes a tangent — the sort of tangent that comes with being a pet owner.

Fenway is out playing when suddenly he needs to go the vet. The circumstances of what happens and how his recovery goes are the heart and soul of Fenway and Hattie Up to New Tricks.

Four stars

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