My Crazy Dog: My Narrative Essay by Darcy PattisonMy Crazy Dog: My Narrative Essay by Darcy Pattison

My Crazy Dog: My Narrative Essay

byDarcy PattisonIllustratorEwa O'Neill

Paperback | May 26, 2015

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A hectic chase inspires Dennis’s amazing narrative essay.

A romp with his best friend, a Bernese Mountain Dog named Clark Kent, inspires Dennis to write a narrative essay. Recently, Mom asked Dennis to put a leash on Clark Kent so they could take the dog to the veterinarian for shots. Clark gave them all a merry chase! There’s lots of action to love here.

In this third installment of the The Read and Write Series, children's book author and writing teacher, Darcy Pattison, entertains kids while also teaching them how-to-write. This book packages a complete narrative essay lesson plan into an engaging story about a boy and his dog. Adding sensory details is demonstrated on each page and on the mentor text essay. Students are reminded to add transition words and use great verbs. Who would know that writing essays could be so simple and fun?

This story has multiple levels. Young kids will revel in the exciting story of chasing a dog around the house. Elementary students will rejoice that learning essay writing is so much fun. And teachers will find this the easiest writing lesson they’ve ever done—and the most effective. Buy this amazing story to fascinate a kid (and teach them something in the process).


  • I Want a Dog: My Opinion Essay, Book 1
  • I Want a Cat: My Opinion Essay, Book 2
  • My Crazy Dog: My Narrative Essay, Book 3
  • My Dirty Dog: My Informative Essay, Book 4 (forthcoming)


In a fifteen-minute video, Darcy Pattison explains how to teach narratives with this book:

Published in nine languages, children's book author and writing teacher DARCY PATTISON has been published with Harcourt, Philomel/Penguin, Harpercollins, Arbordale, and Mims House. Her books received recognition for excellence with starred reviews in Kirkus, BCCB and PW. Twice her books have been honored as National Science Teacher's A...
Title:My Crazy Dog: My Narrative EssayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:34 pages, 8.5 × 8.5 × 0.09 inPublished:May 26, 2015Publisher:Mims House LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1629440515

ISBN - 13:9781629440514


Editorial Reviews

"VERDICT: A good choice to help the visual learners write narrative essays." School Library Journal Review (November 2015)- Robin Sofge, Alexandria Library, VA. ". . .breezy and engaging introduction to genre writing." . "The model essay can be used across multiple genres (informational and narrative nonfiction in addition to opinion).". ". . .useful for teachers showing early elementary students the relevancy, power, and importance of effective writing." -Booklist 6/17/15SLJ Review of Books 1 and 2 of The Read and Write Series: ". . .fill(s) a niche for teachers. . ." (5/1/15) PRAISE for I WANT A DOG, FROM DOG EXPERTS "Darcy Pattison does a remarkable job on several fronts with her wonderful new book I Want A Dog: My Opinion Essay. She introduces the value of the written text at an early age to children. This cannot be emphasized enough in our early classrooms. With this comes an important lesson regarding the responsibility of owning and caring for a dog. As President of the Labrador Retriever Club representing the breed with the largest number of dogs I know how imperative responsible dog ownership is and Darcy does a wonderful job instilling this at an early age. This is a remarkable children's book that has a lesson." -Fred Kampo, President of the Labrador Retriever Club PRAISE for I WANT A DOG, FROM SCIENCE EDUCATOR "I find these books to be the perfect resource when teaching persuasive writing and opinion essay. Students are immediately interested in the engaging story, much more so than when introduced to this style of writing using an English text. The prompts included make for an excellent teacher resource and can be used an extension to the text, adding depth to the learning. " Peggy Carlisle, NBCT, Director, NSTA Preschool/Elementary Division, President-Elect Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees, NSTA.