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The Beloved Dearly

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Item description for The Beloved Dearly by Doug Cooney...

An actor himself, Doug Cooney is uniquely suited to narrate this hilarious novel version of his acclaimed play about Ernie Castellano, a fast-talking wheeler-dealer kid, who has come up with his greatest idea yet-- pet funerals.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   211
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.8" Width: 6.4" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Aug 1, 2002
Publisher   Full Cast Audio
ISBN  1933322055  
ISBN13  9781933322056  

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More About Doug Cooney

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Doug Cooney is the author of the middle-grade novels "The
Beloved Dearly" and "I Know Who Likes You". His musical
adaptation of George Saunders's "The Very Persistent Gappers of
Frip" recently premiered at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles,
produced by the Mark Taper Forum P.L.A.Y. Cooney also teaches songwriting
and collaboration for Voices Within, an educational outreach program of
the Los Angeles Master Chorale. He divides his time between Los Angeles
and South Florida. You can visit him at

Doug Cooney currently resides in Los Angeles, in the state of California.

Doug Cooney has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Aladdin Fiction

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Product Categories

1Books > Audio CDs > Children's Fiction > Animals
2Books > Audio CDs > Children's Fiction > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
4Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > General > Fiction
5Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > Pets > Fiction
6Books > Subjects > Children > Issues > Pet Death
7Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Humorous
8Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Issues > Death & Dying > Fiction

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For Crying Out Loud  Aug 26, 2008
Twelve-year-old Ernie had a brilliant idea, he was going to sell MacDonald's hamburgers to the students in his lunch room. It was working well until the principal got ahold of him and called his father. Ernie's father told him if he ever started another business, he would be grounded.

While talking to his father about the cost of his mother's funeral, an idea popped into Ernie's head, he would go into the funeral business. Kids were always losing pets.

Ernie hired an artistic kid, named Dusty, to make the pet-size caskets. He hired Tony, the boy with the shovel, to dig the graves. Something was missing. He needed some emotion to get the mourners going. Dusty suggested a tomboy named Swimming Pool.

Ernie interviewed Swimming Pool, trying to find a soft spot. "Have you ever lost a pet."
"Had a bad report card?"
"Had someone leave and not know if you'd ever see them again?"
Finally a tear threatened as Swimming Pool thought of her older brother leaving home.

The day of the first funeral, Swimming Pool, wearing her red sneakers and an awful purple dress, tried everything to bring about tears. She pinched herself, punched herself in the eye and still no tears. But, finally the tears came.

Ernie ran funerals for pets including rabbits, turtles, and an iguana, but he drew the line when it came to an earth worm. He was a hard boss, who would rather lose his business than to give his crew a raise.

Will his dad stumble upon his funeral business? If Ernie is grounded, who will run the business? Will he be able to make his partners happy? Will the pets keep dying?

This is a fun book about friendship and smart business sense.

Jill Ammon Vanderwood
author: Through the Rug
Through The Rug: Follow That Dog (Through the Rug)

PCE student reveiw  Apr 16, 2007
I highly recommend "The Beloved Dearly" by Doug Cooney.
The words in the book are really clear and describing.

The book is about a boy named Ernie. He is always looking for quick bucks. This time he gets into a money making bonanza: PET FUNERALS!
He hires Dusty to design the mini burial boxes for the pets and Tony to dig the holes, but his best find is a tomboy who can cry on cue.

My favorite scene is when the gang finished working on the funeral yard.
You'll have to read the book to find out what the yard looks like.

My favorite character is Dusty because he always has ideas and a good imagination, also he seems very smart.

The book theme is that your friends are more important then a business.

I love this book because it has so many things that are entertaining: it has some humor drama, sadness, and joy. It makes you feel all theses emotions, happy, sad, funny, excited, and joyful. You will like this book!
It was ok  Oct 26, 2006
this book is about a 12 year old guy named Ernie who is a natural salesperson guy. He starts a buisiness with pet funerals...woot.
This book was okay...But I just didn't like it. But that dosn't mean other people won't like it. I suggest you check it out of a library before you buy it.
A genuine story  May 24, 2006
Ernie comes upon another money making sceme. With the help of Dusty, someone to decorate the "coffins", Tony, the hole digger, and Swimming Pool, a tomboy who can cry on cue, they start a great business for pet funerals. This story is full of exitement and suspense when some things go wrong for the team of four. A great book.... I have read it a lot!!
I'm 42 and I Loved It!  Nov 8, 2005
My daughter has a list of books to read for a type of competition in her school. I order them for her at the library and she reads them. Every once in awhile I pick one up and read it to be sure they have decent content, etc. This one just looked good to me from reading the back cover and also the illustration. I read it and laughed and laughed. It was very enjoyable. It had serious moments in the book that helped round out what was happening in the story. It was well written. I would have to say that the author, although writing this for children, put in things that adults would chuckle over and enjoy; things you would understand if you watch old black and white movies. It's so enjoyable that I ordered a copy for our family to own. We have 8 children and I think all of them will enjoy this one!

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