Best In Show

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Reading Level

Ages 4 -8


40 Pages


Walker Books for Young Readers (February 1, 2011)


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Abby loves the fluffy white poodles her aunt Nancy helps raise, and she’s thrilled to be there when Jewel delivers her puppies. They are all adorable, but Abby thinks Gem is special. Aunt Nancy and Wendell, the trainer, agree.

Together, they begin teaching Gem everything she needs to know to become a champion show dog. Along the way, Gem helps Abby learn everything she needs to know to become a first-class handler someday.

As Gem and Wendell work their way up through the ranks, Abby learns that it takes more that good looks to be a winner. And at the biggest dog show of the year, can Abby and Gem prove that they have the hearts to be the best champions?

Best in Show is another champion in children’s literature. Karen LeFrak shares her love of canine competition and good sportsmanship, which kids are sure to love as much as they loved Jake the Philharmonic Dog.”

Carol-Lynn Parente, Former Executive Producer of Sesame Street

“This delightful book is an ideal gift for any child who has ever expressed an interest in showing dogs, or who just likes watching dog shows on TV…Karen has done a great job of bringing the reader inside the sport of purebred dogs and capturing the thrill of taking a top show prospect around the ring, all in a way that will spark the imagination of the youngest dog lover in your life.”

Dennis Sprung, President of The American Kennel Club

"LeFrak, a breeder/handler of champion Standard Poodles, has a red-, white- and blue-ribbon winner here packed an intoxicating blend of passion and panache that will delight young and old."

Seattle Kennel Club