Glickman again portrays elementary-school life realistically.
Bernadette’s difficulties juggling her friendships, her longing for a
puppy of her own and her discomfort when her classmates think she’s
responsible for the month-long Healthy Food Challenge will feel
familiar. The relatively long, mostly un-illustrated chapters are best
suited for the most able chapter-book readers, who will appreciate the
challenge and are less often served by material appropriate to their
lives and experiences.
"Bernadette in the Doghouse is an all around winner, and readers will eagerly anticipate the third volume of the Lunch Bunch series."
Midwest Book Review
The text is broken up by Melanie Allard's engaging black-and-white illustrations -- the inclusion of which is a solid technique to help younger readers bridge the gap between picture books and junior novels -- and there's enough in the way of science and recipes to keep fans of the first book interested in the series.
Quill & Quire
The story comes full circle with Mrs. Marsh planting in the spring–and the birth of puppies. On the last page, Bernadette’s mother says “Maybe” to getting a dog... an accessible chapter book[.]
School Library Journal
This chapter book with a few black ink cartoon illustrations and a vibrant cover, is sure to capture any eight to twelve year old's confident, talented and curious girl’s heart.
Susan Glickman presents a cast of likable, believable characters who discover together what it means to be a friend...the important message makes this book a valuable addition to most collections serving chapter book readers.
The story may be a little rambling plot-wise, but the best-buds and pet themes are definitely in line with the interests of its intended Grade 3 readership.
Canadian Children's Book News