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My Co-stars Are Puppies!

Actors Brooklynn MacKinzie and Riley Looc star in a  new show about being responsible pet owners

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Riley (center) and Brooklynn (right) practice with a dog for an upcoming scene. 

Brooklynn MacKinzie is 11 years old, and she already has her dream job. She and her co-star Riley Looc, age 10, are the lead actors on Puppy Place, a new TV show about caring for dogs. The show is based on Scholastic’s Puppy Place book series. 

On set, Brooklynn and Riley are surrounded by dogs and puppies. “I feel like I’m the mom of 1,000 dogs,” Brooklynn says with a giggle. 

Brooklynn is 11 years old. She already has her dream job. Riley Looc is 10 years old. He is Brooklynn’s co-star. Brooklynn and Riley are lead actors for a new TV show. The show is called Puppy Place. It’s about caring for dogs. The show is based on the Puppy Place book series. The book series is published by Scholastic.

Riley and Brooklynn are surrounded by dogs and puppies when they are on set. “I feel like I’m the mom of 1,000 dogs,” Brooklynn giggles.

Brooklynn and Riley play two dog-crazy kids named Lizzie and Charles. Their characters beg their parents for a pet. But Lizzie and Charles learn that owning a puppy is more than walks and cuddles. 

“Being a good dog owner means balancing what dogs want and what they need,” says Brooklynn. 

Brooklynn and Riley play two kids who love dogs. The kids are named Lizzie and Charles. The characters beg their parents for a pet. But Lizzie and Charles have a lot to learn. Owning a puppy means doing more than taking the dog for a walk or cuddling it.

“Being a good dog owner means balancing what dogs want and what they need,” says Brooklynn.

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Brooklynn (far left) and Riley (second from left) on the set of Puppy Place. A dog trainer cues the dog in the scene.

Riley agrees. “Animals have emotions and can feel happy or sad like us,” he says.  

Brooklynn and Riley juggle work and school with the help of acting coaches and teachers who work on set with them. 

When taking a break from shooting or schoolwork, Brooklynn and Riley are always easy to find. They’re hanging out with the dogs, just like a real-life Lizzie and Charles! 

Riley agrees. “Animals have emotions. They can feel happy or sad like us,” he says. 

Riley and Brooklynn juggle work and school. Acting coaches and teachers work on set with Brooklynn and Riley. The acting coaches and teachers help them get everything done.

Sometimes Brooklyn and Riley take a break from shooting or doing schoolwork. They are always easy to find. They’re hanging out with the dogs. Brooklyn and Riley are just like a real-life Lizzie and Charles!

Now You Try It

Solve each multistep word problem below.

Solve each multistep word problem below.

After Riley landed the role of Charles, he read several Puppy Place books. Say Riley read 7 books in the series. Then he checked 15 more out of the library. He ran out of time and returned 4 of the books unread. How many total Puppy Place books did he read? 

After Riley landed the role of Charles, he read several Puppy Place books. Say Riley read 7 books in the series. Then he checked 15 more out of the library. He ran out of time and returned 4 of the books unread. How many total Puppy Place books did he read? 

Dog trainer Angela Buckley opens a new pack of 100 treats. She uses 10 treats while filming a short scene with the dog Goldie in the morning. She gives 25 treats to Goldie while filming in the afternoon. Then she uses 12 treats while filming a night scene with the dog Princess. How many treats does Buckley have left in the pack?

Dog trainer Angela Buckley opens a new pack of 100 treats. She uses 10 treats while filming a short scene with the dog Goldie in the morning. She gives 25 treats to Goldie while filming in the afternoon. Then she uses 12 treats while filming a night scene with the dog Princess. How many treats does Buckley have left in the pack?

One day, Brooklynn spends a total of 159 minutes on set. First, she spends 30 minutes in hair and makeup. It takes 7 minutes to be wired for sound. She shoots a scene for 42 minutes. She has 30 minutes for lunch. The rest of the time, she’s doing schoolwork on set. How long is Brooklynn’s schoolwork block?

One day, Brooklynn spends a total of 159 minutes on set. First, she spends 30 minutes in hair and makeup. It takes 7 minutes to be wired for sound. She shoots a scene for 42 minutes. She has 30 minutes for lunch. The rest of the time, she’s doing schoolwork on set. How long is Brooklynn’s schoolwork block?

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