Montezuma is left at home when his owners go on vacation. He is a good dog who always sits and stays when told to. He reflects on how awful his dog-sitter is and how much he'll miss his family. He goes out through the "doggie door," runs off to the park, meets a scruffy stray named "Wild Bill," and hatches a plan. When his family returns, Montezuma is missing and Wild Bill shows them just what a disobedient dog can do; he splashes in the toilet, swings on the drapes, puts on lipstick, and skateboards through the house. Needless to say, when Monty reappears, he is showered with affection and is taken along on the next trip. The humor is labored, the oil-pastel drawings pedestrian. This dog story is better off left behind.
Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library
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