I Gotta Draw by Bruce Degen

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Charlie Muttnik is the pup with the pencil, the mutt with the marker, the dog with the drawing pad, the chap with the chalk! He draws all the time.

But when Charlie doodles all over his homework, there's trouble at school. It's only when his strict teacher, Miss Rich, tries something new that both realize Charlie can be a great artist at school and at home.


About Bruce Degen

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Bruce Degen has illustrated numerous books for children, including the ever-popular Jamberry, the Jesse Bear books by Nancy White Carlstrom, and the highly acclaimed Magic Schoolbus series written by Joanna Cole. Mr. Degen lives in Connecticut.
Published June 5, 2012 by HarperCollins. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books. Fiction

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Equipped with supplies, Charlie stands at the back of the room orally answering questions while creating his artwork—a ploy that works to improve both his grades and his self-esteem, leading Miss Rich to try it with the whole class.

Jun 01 2012 | Read Full Review of I Gotta Draw

The New York Times

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Three picture books encourage children to become constructors of their worlds.

Aug 23 2012 | Read Full Review of I Gotta Draw

Publishers Weekly

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So during a spelling lesson, Charlie is allowed to draw in the back of the classroom, as long as he spells the words out loud, and for a lesson on the solar system, Charlie draws and labels the planets.

Aug 20 2012 | Read Full Review of I Gotta Draw

Common Sense Media

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that I Gotta Draw portrays a misfit student (a dog) who loves to draw but isn't doing well in school -- until an understanding and clever new teacher (a cat) finds a way to reach him and teach him ...

Jun 05 2012 | Read Full Review of I Gotta Draw