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Doggie Duties: Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman    by Jamie Michalak order for
Doggie Duties
by Jamie Michalak
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2014 (2014)
Hardcover, Softcover
* * *   Reviewed by Jessica Maguire

From the popular PBS children's show FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman comes a fun book, Doggie Duties. Ruff wins a major award (no, not a leg shaped lamp), the Golden Blobby. He displays his big, heavy award in the bathroom ... on the toilet. But the award breaks the toilet and now poor Ruff has a problem.

Uh oh! Ruff has got to go and is unwilling to compromise his dignity and use Blossom's litterbox. If only NASA made unbreakable toilets. A quick search on her computer and Blossom shows Ruff that NASA does indeed make specialized toilets ... for astronauts.

The vacuum toilet that NASA astronauts use is just what Ruff needs. But the shuttle with the space toilet just took off! In his desparate search for a bathroom, Ruff sticks his head in little mouse Chet's mouse hole ... and gets stuck. It looks like Ruff may need Blossom's litterbox after all.

Young readers will enjoy the funny story and adorable characters, as well as the bright, lively illustrations that adorn each page. Even parents may learn a thing or two, such as how to make a water filter and that, on the International Space Station urine is filtered into drinking water that is cleaner than bottled water. There's even a fun science activity included for parents and children to do.

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