Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Dog Days of Summer

Those dog days of summer are upon us so as you're hunting up some new books to check out, take a look at these books which feature man's best friend and all of the fun antics that dogs usually bring to the table.  For more titles, check these books that have been featured in previous posts:  What Pet to Get by Emma Dodd, and Dogs and Cats by Steve Jenkins.  And these are certainly not all the dog books out there, so ask your librarian for more suggestions and keep an eye out here for another posting that will include books featuring pets in general.  

Stella, Unleashed: Notes from the Doghouse  by Linda Ashman
Stella is the new dog in town in shares all about her life from her perspective through 29 clever and engaging poems.  (Ages 4-9)
(Full bibliographic info: Ashman, Linda. Stella Unleashed: Notes from the Doghouse. Sterling Pub. Co., 2008.)

Wet Dog! by Elise Broach
This poor dog is so hot in the middle of summer, but once he finds opportunities to soak in water, he shakes and shimmies in heaven.  It's too bad he's getting everyone else soaked as they prepare for a fancy, too-hot wedding.  The lively illustrations have the reader falling for this sloppy, messy, enthusiastic pooch.  (Ages 4-9)
(Full bibliographic info: Broach, Elise. Wet Dog! Dial Books for Young Readers, 2005.)

Bathtime for Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Although this book is formatted as an easy reader for beginning readers, the playful story line draws in preschoolers.  Biscuit the mischievous pup does not want to take a bath and you'll have to guess who splashes into the tub in the end.  The Biscuit books are a series, so if you enjoy this one, you'll have plenty more to check out.  (Ages 3-7)
(Full bibliographic info: Capucilli, Alyssa Satin. Bathtime for Biscuit. Harper Collins, 1998.)

The Five-Dog Night by Eileen Christelow
Although this book goes from the first winter's chill to the sub-zero nights and doesn't exactly portray summer in any way, the story which is filled with friendship is heartwarming and fun.  And you'll have to read to find out exactly what a five-dog night is.  (Ages 4-8)
(Full bibliographic info: Christelow, Eileen. The Five-Dog Night. Clarion Books, 1993.)

Fred Stays with Me! by Nancy Coffelt
Sometimes children's picture books can provide a way to read about and talk about really difficult circumstances.  In Fred Stays with Me!, the reader sees the life a little girl who sometimes lives with her mom and who sometimes lives with her dad in a joint custody situation.  But Fred, her faithful companion, always stays with her no matter where she goes.  Fred Stays with Me! is a realistic and matter-of-fact story that is neither apologetic nor overly sentimental.  (Ages 4-9)
(Full bibliographic info: Coffelt, Nancy. Fred Stays with Me! Little Brown, 2007.)

Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman
Katie, the dog, has new company.  Sarah Ann has brought home hree tiny, fluffy, wonderful kittens and Katie is so very, very excited that she cannot possibly contain herself (or her frantic tail) and she just wants to love the kittens so much!  (Ages 3-7)
(Full bibliographic info: Himmelman, John. Katie Loves the Kittens. Henry Holt and Co., 2008.)

Oh, Tucker! by Steven Kroll
Tucker is Thelma's enthusiastic dog who charges the house when called in for breakfast.  Tucker's flapping tail causes a lot of commotion in the early morning, but you can't help by love him.  (Ages 3-8)
(Full bibliographic info: Kroll, Steven. Oh, Tucker! Candlewick Press, 1998.)

Show Dog by Meghan McCarthy
Ed, the mangy mutt, is not your typical show dog, but the Hubbles enter him into the state county contest.  Ed's unorthodox behavior is hilarious as are the illustrations.  (Ages 4-9)
(Full bibliographic info: McCarthy, Meghan. Show Dog. Viking, 2004.)

The Great Gracie Chase by Cynthia Rylant
Poor Gracie is disturbed from her restful day by noisy house painters, so her strategy is to run, create a ruckus to get folks to chase her and then head on home to the peace and quiet. (Ages 4-9)
(Full bibliographic info: Rylant, Cynthia. The Great Gracie Chase. Blue Sky Press, 2001.)

Good Boy, Fergus! by David Shannon
From the author of No, David!, Good Boy, Fergus! introduces Fergus, the dog.  A typical dog who does exactly as he wants when he wants without regard to his owner's commands.  In fact, even is Fergus is failing over and over to follow instructions, he keeps on earning the "Good boy, Fergus!". (Ages 3-8)
(Full bibliographic info: Shannon, David. Good Boy, Fergus! Blue Sky Press, 2006.)

The Stray Dog by Marc Simont
One weekend afternoon, a family comes across a playful dog while on a picnic in the park.  The parents assume that the dog is well cared for and therefore must belong to someone, so they leave the dog behind.  The dog is not forgotten by anyone in the family and the following week during a return trip to the park, the children rescue the dog just in time before the dog catcher snatches him up by claiming that the dog is theirs.  And now he is.  (Ages 3-7)
(Full bibliographic info: Simont, Marc. The Stray Dog. Hi Marketing, 2001.)

The Hound from the Pound by Jessica Swaim
Miss Mary Lynn MacIntosh is lonely and has decided to liven up her home and life with a dog. When she goes to the dog pound to choose her new friend, Blue the Basset Hound, Mary has no idea what shenanigans she's in for.  (Ages 4-9)
(Full bibliographic info: Swaim, Jessica. The Hound from the Pound. Candlewick Press, 2007.)

1 comment:

  1. This is a great list, but I gotta add BARK GEORGE by Jules Feiffer... One of my all-time favorites!!