Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Little Dog Lost (MG)

Little Dog Lost. Marion Dane Bauer. 2012. Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell. Simon & Schuster. 208 pages.

Little dog,
Little black dog with brown paws
and a brown mask
and a sweet ruffle of brown fur on her bum
just beneath her black whip of a tail.

Buddy is a dog who used to own a boy, but when her boy had to move to an apartment in a faraway city, well, Buddy was given to a nice-enough woman who didn't much care about having a dog for a friend. Buddy has a food bowl, a water bowl, a bed to sleep in. But companionship and attention and love? Not so much. So one day, she decides to run away. Of course, at the time she's more curious and wanting to explore the world outside her fenced yard that doesn't feel like home. But once she's out and about, once she's tasted freedom she's not particularly anxious to find her way back to her not-home.

Mark is a little boy who wants a dog, NEEDS a dog. He's tried just about EVERYTHING to get his mom's attention. So when Mark hears Buddy's "bark, bark, bark" he hears "Mark, Mark, Mark" and he's determined that this dog is destined to be his dog. But he's not the only one who hears Buddy, and he's not the only one in need of companionship.

I enjoyed this one. It is set in a very small town, and readers do get a glimpse of most of the town. And there are some interesting characters in town--some human, some dog, and one very opinionated cat who thinks she rules the town.

It is a verse novel which makes this one a very light read. I liked the novel. Yes, in a way it was sad, in that Buddy is mourning the loss of her boy and she doesn't understand why he had to move away with his family and why she couldn't come with them. But it is a novel about new beginnings too. 

Read Little Dog, Lost
  • If you're a dog lover, if you like reading dog books
  • If you like family-friendly children's books, books that make you feel-good
  • If you like books with small town settings

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Julie Chicklitasaurus 10:29 AM  

Sounds like a good book! I would love to read this to my little ones. Thank you for sharing! xo

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