What do you want so badly that you can taste it and can you persuade someone to give it to you? That s the subject of a writing assignment Calvin s fourth-grade teacher, Mr. Purdy, gives the class. Calvin wants a dog! He reads what he s written to his mom to see just how persuasive he can be. No way, Mom says: Stella, their babysitter, might be allergic, and Calvin is too irresponsible to care for a pet. Luckily, Mom s boyfriend, Ledward, is on Calvin s side. He takes Calvin to a place he calls dog heaven. There Calvin meets the dog of his dreams Streak. Now Calvin s got to convince Mom he s dog-responsible, because he and Streak belong together!"
Graham Salisbury is the author of two Calvin Coconut books: "Trouble Magnet "and "The Zippy Fix, "as well as several novels for older readers, including the award-winning "Lord of the Deep, Blue Skin of the Sea, Under the Blood-Red Sun, Eyes of the Emperor, House of the Red Fish, "and "Night of the Howling Dogs." He lives in Portland, Oregon. Jacqueline Rogers has illustrated more than 90 books for young readers. She lives in Chatham, New York.