Inspired to change his ways, Tricky decides to set things right the only way he knows how… with tricks! Tricky’s ploy might just lead The Duke to reconsider his ways. Stylized cartoon-inspired art adds a distinctive mood and humor to this fun debut picture book about empathy, revenge, and reform.
A Note From the Publisher
- Unique retro-style, cartoon-inspired art creates a memorable mood and setting
- Discussion starter for character-building and empathy education
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 32 members
Is it possible to teach an old dog new tricks? Tricky and his master Duke seem to be well known, if not well liked, by the people in their town. They spend all day trying to trick, take advantage of and aggravate others. What will happen when the new baker shows Tricky kindness for the first time? This is a great story showing that sometimes a leopard can change his spots. The illustrations are well done and seem an homage to a different era.
Tricky by Kari Rust was a cute story about teaching an old dog new tricks and realizing that tricks being played on others can be cruel. Tricky the dog had fun playing tricks on people with his owner until one day he receives kindness from the baker. He realizes that playing tricks is unkind and looks for a way to get his owner to understand. Tricky eventually makes a new home with the baker and learns how to be kind.
The Duke and Tricky are good at being bad. They cheat and trick everyone in town until one day, Tricky is treated, literally, and starts to rethink his old tricky ways. Now, I can just imagine some of my students will look quite disturbed at some of the meanness the Duke and Tricky get up to in the first part of the story, but as the story moves along, I suspect that Tricky's change of heart and subsequent change of circumstances, may help to illustrate the Golden Rule very nicely. This story will work wonderfully with lessons on inference, idioms, and possibly on main idea and theme. Have students examine the pictures closely--the text does not always explicitly tell the reader what the tricks are, but observant readers can see a lot of detail. There are some wonderful opportunities for deeper discussion as well. Does the Duke also have a change of heart? How can you tell? Is there evidence? In the text? In the illustrations? I am looking forward to being able to share this one with my students. Review based on ARC provided by NetGalley.
The Duke Loves to play tricks on everyone and has taught his dog, Tricky to help him. The book calls them tricks, but many of the things they do are just plain mean. When a new baker arrives in town, the Duke continues his tricks but something changes. Mrs. Paisley gives Tricky a treat and a scratch that melts his heart (kind of like the grinch). He realizes that what they are doing is wrong and wants the Duke to stop. He plays tricks and pranks on the Duke until he is kicked out of the house. The old premise of being able to dish it out but not being able to take it fits here. Tricky changes his ways and finds a new home. Once he is alone, the Duke realizes that playing tricks is no fun if you are doing it yourself and changes his ways as well. This story would make a great mentor text for different literacy skills. It can be used to inference, predict, theme or lesson etc. It can also be used in an art lesson teaching detail. This book could also be used when teaching about bullying, putting yourself in someone else's shoes (Golden Rule) and trying to change bad behaviours or habits. I loved the illustrations. They reminded me of old time cartoons with Snidley Whiplash. A great book for schools, classroom and home libraries.
Can you teach an old dog new tricks? What a beautiful story for children to learn about the lesson on right and wrong.
Tricky teaches us that you can teach a dog a new trick but sometimes their humans are a bit more stuck in their undesirable ways!
Tricky and the Duke, his human, spend their days playing out dastardly deeds on the townsfolk and go home at night to laugh and scoff at their good efforts. They trip people, steal, and cheat. Accomplices together they sleep well at night and awake the next day to engage in even more mean pranks. Mrs. Paisley, the new baker in town, is their next target. She is unaware of their buffoonery so she is perfect for their next schtick. The Duke uses all his charm and manners to warmly welcome her to town while Tricky steals several loaves of bread right behind her back. Unaware of their past thievery, Mrs. Paisley one day kindly offers Tricky a treat. This generous and kind gesture starts Tricky to question his whole ciminal lifestyle. No one has ever been kindhearted to him before and it moves his heart. He then discovers that what he and the Duke are up to is dead WRONG! How is a dog to get that message across to his mean-spirited owner? He needs to show him that what they are involved in can no longer be tolerated? Well Tricky is very clever and he makes his point by playing tricks on the Duke himself. The Duke finally catches Tricky red-handed and gets very, very angry. On the miserable, rainy night that Tricky is exposed the Duke kicks him out of the house for his punishment. Where could he possibly go for shelter, comfort and acceptance? Any ideas? The Duke, realizing his pet is gone forever and he tries to execute his dirty tricks all on his own but fails miserably. It's no fun alone and utterly pointless without his faithful canine companion-in-crime. Can he find redemption and change his ways finally leading to a respectable and honourable life like Tricky is now living? Is it possible to teach an old dog new tricks? The illustrations are engaging and add richness to the tale. This book would be a great addition to a classroom or school library and a perfect catalyst to spark conversations on values and virtues. I highly recommend this book.
"Tricky" is the skillful debut of author/illustrator Kari Rust. The story is that of Tricky and The Duke - a canine and human duo who play tricks across the town to avoid paying for their goods. When a new baker opens up shop and shows Tricky an unfamiliar kindness, he has a change of heart and turns his tricks on The Duke. The Duke evicts clever Tricky, but after one solitary night in the rain, the baker adopts the pup and all is well. While the text is a little heavy-handed (there is no inference needed to understand the moral of this story), children and adults alike will enjoy the tale. Rust's background in animation and distinctive style shines in the decidedly emotive illustrations. There is no excessive text, making this a good choice for preschoolers. The Duke is white and slim, the baker is plump with tan skin, and Tricky has a lovely chocolate coat. The time period isn't quite discernible. Let's hope we see much more from Rust in the future. Recommended!
Gorgeous illustrations and a funny synopsis make this book a must for any little one's library. Tricky is a dog who learned to do the bidding of his mean and tricky master, but when he starts to feel guilty, he decides to turn the tables on his owner!
Can an old dog learn new tricks? Tricky is the story of a dog and his owner, a trickster and con artist. Together the two wreak havoc all over town. The art has a very animated feeling with moments that feel like the could be still shots in a short film. Beautiful drawings and a sweet story.
The illustrations were great in this book. I liked that there was a lesson to be learned in this story. This would be a great book to read during kindness week at school, or for any parent.
Everyone in town knows the Duke and Tricky. They cheat and steal. They are greedy and mean. They play unkind jokes on everyone in town. When a new baker, Ms. Paisley, moves to town, she doesn't know to be wary of the two, so she gives Tricky a friendly pet and a special treat. Tricky has never known such kindness and it plants a happy feeling deep inside of him. That feeling grows and Tricky decides to change his ways. Tricky wants to make things right, but how can he when he only knows tricks? With great illustrations and a delightful story of tricks, revenge, and change of hearts, Tricky will be an instant favorite!
Tricky by Kari Rust is about Tricky,a dog, and the Duke, his human. In the beginning of the book they spend their days playing tricks on the townsfolk by tripping people, stealing, and cheating. Together they sleep well at night and awake the next day to do tricks on the townspeople again. Mrs. Paisley, is unaware of their behavior so she is perfect for their next trick. The Duke uses his charm to warmly welcome Mrs. Paisley to town while Tricky steals several loaves of bread behind her back. Unaware of their past thievery, Mrs. Paisley gives Tricky a treat, which harms his heart. He then realizes his behavior with the Duke is wrong. Tricky wanted to show the Duke that what they were doing is wrong. He shows this by playing tricks on the Duke. The Duke eventually catches on and kicks Tricky out on a night which was rainy. Tricky goes to the bakery to protect it and Mrs. Paisley takes him in and loves him. The Duke realizes how much he misses Tricky when he tries to do the tricks by himself but they were not successful and leaving town. The illustrations are engaging and add to the tale. This book would be a great addition to a classroom library. The book will allow for conversations on values and virtues. I highly recommend this book. I give this book 5/5 stars I received this book from Owlkids Books and Owlkids via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
How delightful! Tricky and his owner The Duke like to play cruel jokes on the people in their town until one day, after a newcomer is kind to him, Tricky realizes that being nice feels better than being mean. This is a really sweet story with lovely illustrations. I love the Duke's classic, mustache-twirling-villain look and who doesn't love a story where the bad guys heart is won over with kindness? I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Tricky by Kari Rust is a picturebook about the Duke and his dog, Tricky. It is currently scheduled for release on October 15 2017. This pair spend their days making trouble. They cheat, steal, and play pranks on their neighbors, just for fun. But one day, somebody new comes to town and gives Tricky a treat that melts his mischievous heart, and sets him thinking about the effect his actions have on others. Inspired to change his ways, Tricky decides to set things right the only way he knows how with tricks! Tricky’s ploy might just lead The Duke to reconsider his ways. Tricky is a great picturebook that shows Tricky and his master playing tricks on just about everyone. When someone shows Tricky kindness he starts to question what he has been doing. I like that The Duke shows that while he likes to play tricks he does not respond well to being on the other side, and Tricky learns not to play mean tricks of others. My favorite thing about this book is that it is the act of someone else being kind, rather than a harsh consequence, that helps Tricky see the error of his ways. Readers, even the youngest, will see that sometimes offering a simple kindness to others can make a big difference. They also get to see that more often than not, people that are being unkind can change or will often move on when things change in their lives. The stylized artwork and bold colors make the story pop off the page and feel a little more alive to the audience. I greatly enjoyed the read, and think it is both a fun read and one with a great message to share.
Tricky is a story about Tricky, the bad dog gone good. Following his person's lead, he played tricks on all the townspeople. Then, one day, Tricky is shown kindness and his heart is touched. The author is very clear about her intentions in this story. Children will understand immediately. With sweet illustrations, young and old alike will enjoy this book.
One Line Review: Can you teach an old dog new tricks? With this book you can. Tricky is a very well written and entertaining story. This tale is rich with lessons. Namely, teaching us that even the worst people aren't really that bad. Even though the words used in this tale are light and simple. There are clear hidden messages that force you to think things through a different light. Not to mention, the retro styled illustration is simply wonderful! If you look closely enough, the details in those drawings add more value and depth to the story. This book makes me wonder, maybe Tricky was tricked into this life? After all, he's only a dog who was taught to live a certain way. But the moment he was shown a different, kinder path, he took it without hesitation. And isn't that just a representation of all of us? This just enforces the lesson: With kindness and opportunity, People can change for the better. So be kind. I love this story, and I would undoubtedly recommend it!
I loved this story! So cute and satisfying. I loved how the dog turned the tricks around on his owner when he realized how bad the tricks could be.
This is a little book about Duke and friend Tricky, the dog. They both likes prank and doing mischief. The lady at the bakery shop, Mrs Paisley, brought some change to this couple, even though she might not be wearing of it. She was kind and generous to Tricky, not as Duke. This changed Tricky. All the transition begin at this point. Tricky started to do mischief on Duke, and Duke, being merciless, simply throw Tricky out of his door ... I'll stop here not making it a spoiler. Structural, the story is SOUND. obstacles for Tricky built and built, and everything pays off consistently in the story. The design of the story attracts the attention of the readers. and there are page that were designed to be hilarious, and surely they are ! Being both humorous and educational. The illustrations are engaging, and the characters were well-designed. The illustrator used simple lines and a beautiful palette, to deliver everything effectively. This book would be a great addition to a library or classroom. It could start some interesting discussion among kids, about what to value. Would highly recommend this book.
Very good kids books with good illustrations (even if some didn't appears on my kindle...) and very funny characters. I love the tricky part of it the bad attitude of them that was good and funny but they also bring a moral aspect to it by the end, so it don't end with a bad message. Well done and entertaining! Love it!