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Come into the world of the book, Ginger Pye, by Eleanor Estes, and enter the universe of a fun-loving dog that has many adventures with the fantastic family of Pyes.

Come into the world of the book, Ginger Pye, by Eleanor Estes, and enter the universe of a fun-loving dog that has many adventures with the fantastic family of Pyes. Ginger Pye, an intellectual dog, as everyone calls him, is the smartest dog in town. He is loved by everyone and everyone loves him. 

The setting is in the town of Cranbury. It is a small but famous town that is halfway between New York and Boston. It starts when Jerry Pye earns a dollar and buys Ginger with it, only to be followed home by an unsavory character, as they call him. They are followed by the unsavory character awhile, until Thanksgiving Day, when Ginger is stolen! They search everywhere for their beloved dog, and this leads to many adventures. The rest is the end, so I cannot tell you.

I think this book is good, with a boring side. The first chapter is like an opposing magnet, like when it doesn’t tell you anything. For example, when Jerry is thinking about a dog, it feels like you started reading in the middle of the book. Jerry actually says, ”would Gracie the cat be jealous if the Pyes got another pet-a dog?” I don’t have a dog or cat, and this book was published exactly 60 years ago so I couldn't really relate to this book. Another example is when Ginger climbs the fire escape to give Jerry back his pencil, while Jerry is in school! I didn’t find this exciting because it took too long for it to happen. I found the author used too many words to describe Ginger thinking, “what strange stairs these are!” It is also shown when he thinks “even so, by being extremely cautious, he might be able to drag himself up the stairs, pencil and all!" That is clearly too many words for a should-be simple sentence.

 I would recommend this to classic book lovers and people who like un-scary mysteries. I would also point this to girls, because it is a tale that I would think girls would like. It is an older novel that I didn't like, but maybe you would. So let's go bark, bark, bark to this book!