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Kern County Library Staff Suggests...: Just for Kids - Dog Gone Good Stories

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Just for Kids - Dog Gone Good Stories

The Underneath by Kathi Appelt - An old hound that has been chained up at his hateful owner's run-down shack, and two kittens born underneath the house, endure separation, danger, and many other tribulations in their quest to be reunited and free.

A Dog on His Own by Mary Jane Auch - After a daring escape from the animal shelter, Pearl, Peppy, and K-10—so named because he is one step above all the other canines—explore the outside world while moving from one adventure to another.

The Good Dog by Avi - McKinley, a malamute, is torn between the domestic world of his human family and the wild world of Lupin, a wolf that is trying to recruit dogs to replenish the dwindling wolf pack.

Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog by Eileen Beha - Lost at sea while sailing with his wealthy owners, a Yorkshire terrier washes up, nearly dead, in a village on Prince Edward Island where he is nursed back to health by a lonely widow and is befriended by a fox and an abandoned waif who is also struggling to find a home for herself somewhere.

The Fast and the Furriest by Andy Behrens - The overweight and unathletic son of a famous former football star discovers that his equally fat and lazy dog is unexpectedly—and obsessively—interested in competing in dog agility contests.

Flawed Dogs by Berkeley Breathed - After being framed by a jealous poodle, a dachshund is left for dead, but comes back with a group of mutts from the National Last Ditch Dog Depository to disrupt the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club dog show and exact revenge on Cassius the poodle.

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Every Burnford - A Siamese cat, an old bull terrier, and a young Labrador retriever travel together 250 miles through the Canadian wilderness to find their family.

Dog Diaries by Betsy Byars - At the first annual meeting of WOOF—Words of Our Friends—assorted dogs preserve their heritage by sharing tales of canines throughout history, including Abu, who ruled all of Egypt except for one pesky cat, and Zippy, who simply must find the squeaky toy.

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo - Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.

Hotel for Dogs by Lois Duncan - Liz and her brother wind up with nine stray dogs that need homes but must be kept a secret.

The Case of the Secret Weapon by John R. Erickson - "There's a burglar on the loose, and he's robbing houses with the help of a super-sneaky, super-stinky, secret weapon. As Head of Security, Hank knows it's his job to protect the ranch and all the buildings on it. So when a suspicious character comes sniffing around Slim's bachelor shack, Hank heads right into action. But does Hank have what it takes to save the day—even after getting caught in the spray of some very unsavory artillery?"—From publisher description.

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson - When fourteen-year-old Travis is left in charge of the farm while his father is on a cattle drive, he is assisted by Old Yeller, an ugly yellow stray dog.

The Last Castaways by Harry Horse - In a series of letters, Grandfather reveals his adventures with his remarkable little dog Roo and the captain of the Unsinkable, as they go in search of the Door to the Sea, the Forgotten Sea, and the Great Cod Bank.

Lassie Come-Home by Eric Knight - A collie undertakes a thousand-mile journey in order to once again meet her former master at the school gate.

Dog Lost by Ingrid Lee - After living happily in a warm home with an eleven-year-old boy, a pit bull terrier is forced to survive on the streets, where its brave deeds surprise many residents who dislike or fear pit bulls.

The Call of the Wild by Jack London - The adventures of an unusual dog, part St. Bernard, part Scotch shepherd, that is forcibly taken to the Klondike gold fields where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack.

A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray by Ann M. Martin - Squirrel, a stray puppy, tells her life story, from her nurturing mother and brother to making her own way in the world, facing busy highways, changing seasons, and humans both gentle and brutal.

Everything for a Dog by Ann M. Martin - In parallel stories, Bone, an orphaned dog, finds and loses a series of homes, Molly, a family pet, helps Charlie through the grief and other after-effects of his brother's death, and lonely Henry pleads for a dog of his own.

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor - When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.

The Leanin' Dog by K.A. Nuzum - In wintry Colorado during the 1930s, eleven-year-old Dessa Dean mourns the death of her beloved mother, but the arrival of an injured dog and the friendship they form is just what they need to change their lives forever.

The Field of the Dogs by Katherine Patterson - Josh, who has just moved to Vermont with his mother, stepfather, and new baby brother, must deal with the bullying of a neighbor boy and discovers that his dog, whom he hears talking with other dogs, is also facing a bully of his own.

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls - A young boy living in the Ozarks achieves his heart's desire when he becomes the owner of two redbone hounds and teaches them to be champion hunters.

Gully's Travels by Tor Seidler - Gulliver leads a life of luxury with his master. But when his master falls in love with a woman who is allergic to dogs, Gulliver is sent to a new home. He finds himself with a family of raucous human beings and three mutts. But just as Gulliver begins to make a grudging peace with his new reality, he gets swept up in a harrowing new adventure.

Probably the World's Best Story about a Dog and the Girl Who Loved Me by D.J. Smith - Paolo's plan for August in Orange Grove City is to hire out his little brother to the neighbors. Georgie is six; he needs a manager.But then the family dog, Rufus, is stolen.Overnight, Paolo is trying to manage not just Georgie, but their deaf cousin, Billy, who speaks only with his hands; Henry, a strange vacation visitor whom the boys discover living locked in his aunt's attic; and Butter Schwartz, a lonely, half-wild schemer with a paper route. The last two are definite dognapping suspects....To top it all, a girl with a big-time crush on Paolo won't let him be, day or night, crisis or no crisis. For her, missing Rufus is nothing to snaring Paolo, who has met his match as a manager. The solution to the mystery of Rufus, the threat of Theresa, and the future must rest in Billy's hands.

The Trouble with Tuck by Theodore Taylor - When Helen's seeing eye dog begins to go blind, she realizes that it's her turn to help him after all the years of his faithful service to her. This story is based on true events of a girl and her dog's devotion and triumph.

Lad, a Dog by Albert Payson Terhune - Before there was Lassie, there was Lad—a dog whose loyalty and courage set him apart. Since its original publication over 70 years ago, Terhune's classic has touched countless readers. Lad is based upon one of Terhune's many collies.

Pete's Disappearing Act by Jenny Tripp - When Pete the performing poodle and Rita the chimp are swept away from the circus in a tornado, they encounter frightening adventures—and make new friends—as they try to return home.

Secrets of a Lab Rat: No Girls Allowed (Dogs Okay) by Trudi Trueit - Fearless nine-year-old "Scab" McNally tries to get his twin sister's help in convincing their parents to let them get a dog, but when he embarrasses her in school with a particularly obnoxious invention, it looks like he has lost her cooperation forever.

Don't Lick the Dog: Making Friends with Dogs by Wendy Wahman - Children often don't understand what dogs' actions mean and can misinterpret a threatening signal for a friendly one and vice versa. This humorous how-to manual shows kids the best ways to interact with unfamiliar dogs, providing helpful tips about all sorts of dog behavior.

For the younger crowd:

Stanley's Beauty Contest by Linda Bailey - Stanley's people are so preoccupied with primping him for the dog show in the park that they forgot his breakfast and soon he and his dogfriends are determined to eat the show's grand prize—the biggest, most scrumptious-smelling dog cookie ever!

Jack's House by Karen Magnuson Beil - Cumulative text reveals who was really responsible for the house that Jack claims to have built, and all of the trucks involved, from the bulldozer used to clear the land to the van that brought a hammock for the back yard.

Dogs on the Bed by Elizabeth Bluemle - These dogs, these dogs! They'll take over your space—but can't be beat for warmth—as celebrated in this spirited story with humorous illustrations. What's a family to do when the bed is overrun by dogs? Move over, of course! In this rollicking, rhyming romp, Mom, Dad, and the kids settle in for a peaceful story before sleep—but their canine companions have other plans. Dog owners will recognize the familiar shenanigans pets engage in at bedtime: stretching out sideways, barking at outside noises no one else can hear, whining to be let out (and in again) all night long. But demands aside, adored dogs are still the coziest comforters around.

Clifford, the Champion by Norman Bridwell - When Clifford enters a contest to become "America's Super Dog," he proves himself a champion.

If Dogs Had Wings by Larry Dane Brimmer - A dog imagines what the world would be like for dogs if they had wings.

Biscuit and the Little Pup by Alyssa Satin Capucilli - Biscuit tries to coax a little puppy to come out and play.

Carl's Summer Vacation by Alexandra Day - Carl and Madeleine are supposed to be napping while Mom and Dad get the summer cabin ready for company but escape from the hammock to do some exploring on the lake.

Always in Trouble by Corrine Demas - Even after attending obedience school, Emma's dog Toby misbehaves until she takes him back to become a "specially trained dog."

I Don't Want a Posh Dog by Emma Dodd - A girl describes in rhyming text the types of dogs she does not want, and finally arrives at a dog that she can call her own.

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer - George the puppy's mother is in for a big surprise when she takes him to the veterinarian to find out why he does not bark.

Houndsley and Catina by James Howe - Houndsley and Catina run into trouble when they decide to prove that they are the best at cooking and writing, respectively.

The Night I Followed the Dog by Nina Laden - A boy follows his dog one night to see what exactly dogs do at night when they're on their own.

Old Mother Hubbard and Her Wonderful Dog by James Marshall - Old Mother Hubbard runs errand after errand for her remarkable dog.

Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh - Problems arise when Martha, the family dog, learns to speak after eating alphabet soup.

The King's Taster by Kenneth Oppel - The royal chef takes Max the dog, the royal taster, on several international journeys to find a dish for the land's pickiest king.

Henry and Mudge and the Happy Cat by Cynthia Rylant - Henry's family takes in a stray cat, the ugliest cat they have ever seen, and an amazing relationship blossoms between it and their big dog Mudge.

The Great Gracie Chase by Cynthia Rylant - A cumulative tale about a small dog named Gracie whose quiet life is disrupted by some noisy painters.

Amos: The Story of an Old Dog and His Couch by Susan Seligson - An old dog finds adventure when he discovers that his favorite couch has a motor and can be driven.

Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat - Nate the Great solves the mystery of the missing picture.

Help Me Mr. Mutt! by Janet Stevens - Dogs across the United States write to Mr. Mutt, a people expert, for help with their humans.

Detective LaRue by Mark Teague - While on vacation, Mrs. LaRue receives letters from her dog Ike who has been falsely accused of harming the neighbor's cats and is trying to clear his name.

McDuff Comes Home by Rosemary Wells - McDuff, a little terrier, leaves Fred and Lucy's garden to chase a bunny and gets lost, but with the help of a kindly lady he is returned to his loving family.

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion - When a white dog with black spots runs away from home, he gets so dirty his family doesn't recognize him as a black dog with white spots. Harry is a white dog with black spots who loves everything...except baths. So one day before bath time, Harry runs away. He plays outside all day long, digging and sliding in everything from garden soil to pavement tar. By the time he returns home, Harry is so dirty he looks like a black dog with white spots. His family doesn't even recognize him!


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