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Dear Hound by Jill Murphy

By Jill Murphy

Alfie the deerhound is a big gray dog. He loves his boy Charlie, and cheese and he's first-class at digging holes. yet terrible Alfie has received misplaced and he's scared - of thunderstorms and being hungry and not seeing Charlie back . . .

Meanwhile, Charlie doesn't comprehend what to do - yet something is evidently: he'll by no means cease trying to find his pricey hound. Can Alfie ever locate his as far back as Charlie - and his nice massive squashy beanbag within the kitchen?

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It’ll be better to do it fast,” said Bean. “Superfast. ” Her father began to look a little worried. ” She shook her head. Grown-ups were so weird. 34 “Well,” said her dad, “okay. ” What was he talking about? She was always careful. Bean began running nice warm water in the sink. She squirted out a big jet of soap, and mountains of bubbles grew. “Keep your eyes peeled,” she said to Ivy. ” Bean’s father ran his hands through his hair. ” he asked. “Takes too long. You’re the official timekeeper, Ivy,” said Bean as the water gushed.

She was never going to get 257 straws in her mouth. Sadly, she pulled the straws out. ” She handed the spitty straws to her father. “Thanks a lot,” said Dad. ” asked Bean. ” Bean’s dad glanced at the sink. He hadn’t washed the breakfast dishes yet. ” he said, smiling. ” Bean ran to get the book. There were no 33 records for fastest dishwasher. “This is going to be a piece of cake,” said Bean, looking at the counter piled with plates. “You could do it slowly and still break the record,” said Ivy.

She jumped up. And then she sat down again. Her dad was still sweeping up little pieces of plate. He probably wouldn’t be very happy to find out that she was planning to break something else. Maybe she could find something made of glass upstairs where he wouldn’t need to know about it. Not a mirror. That was bad luck. But there had to be something she could use. ” she yelled. ” “Nancy’s glass animals. I’ll shatter one of them. ” 46 Bean pictured Nancy’s face and then quickly put it out of her mind.

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