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The Bulletin Dozen is a monthly theme-based list of titles available only on-line. Since we're awfully fond of bakers here at the Bulletin, we thought we'd adopt their philosophy of generosity and throw in an extra one or two when we have th em to offer--so don't expect an even dozen. Please feel free to copy, download, or link to these lists. We ask only that you cite the source. See the archive for lists from previous months.

Woof! A List selected by Deborah Stevenson

We're fortunate that there are enough good dog books that it's easy to find a full litter of show-quality candidates; we're unfortunate in that there are so many good ones that we know somebody's favorite will get slighted no matter what we do. So consider this a starting place or a wet-nosed nudge of reminder, but by all means keep filling up the kennel-these are just some we've been recently scratching behind the ears with particular affection or interest.

  • Booth, Martin. War Dog. McElderry, 1997. Gr. 5-8.

    Jet starts out as a poacher's dog, but she's requisitioned by the British army to help fight World War II,where she sees service at home and abroad; her exciting war experiences will bring history alive for readers. (BCCB 11/97)

  • Dickinson, Peter. Chuck and Danielle; illus. by Kees de Kiefte. Delacorte, 1996. Gr. 4-6

    Chuck is a nervous whippet who's convinced that everything in the world is out to get her; the hilarious third-person (third-dog?) narration attempts to unravel what goes on in Chuck's little brain as she and her faithful owner, Danielle, make their way t hrough a series of Chuck-challenging adventures. (BCCB 2/96)

  • Hesse, Karen. Sable; illus. by Marcia Sewall. Holt, 1994. Gr. 2-4.

    With its story of a young girl who manages to win her parents into allowing her to keep a dog, this early chapter book is a well-turned introduction to the classic plot of kid meets dog, kid loses dog, kid gets dog. (BCCB 5/94.)

  • Jones, Robert J. Jake: A Labrador Puppy at Work and Play; illus. with photographs by Bill Eppridge. Farrar, 1992. Gr. 2-4

    In a rugged companion to more placid new-puppy stories, little Jake is learning to be a hunting dog; the crisp photographs feature an adorable yet purposeful Lab who clearly thrives on the responsibility. (BCCB 1/93)

  • Lindenbaum, Pija. Boodil My Dog; written and illus. by Pija Lindenbaum; retold by Gabrielle Charbonnet. Holt, 1992. 5-8 yrs

    The child-narrator's adoring hymn of praise for her mighty dog drolly contrasts with heavily outlined portraits showing a much humbler and more fallible Boodil. (BCCB 12/92)

  • McKay, Hilary. Dog Friday. McElderry, 1995. Gr. 4-7.

    Ten-year-old Robin is afraid of dogs, but his protective instincts are aroused by the half-starved stray pup he finds on the beach; helped by his neighbors, the obstreperous Robinsons, he determines to make the dog his own. (BCCB 10/95)

  • Meddaugh, Susan. Martha Speaks; written and illus. by Susan Meddaugh. Houghton, 1992. 5-8 years

    Martha probably doesn't need an introduction by now, but the loquacious canine is perhaps the picturebook pet kids would most like to have for their own. (BCCB 11/92)

  • Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Shilo. Atheneum, 1991. Gr. 4-6.

    This Newbery-medal-winning story of a boy's struggle to save an abused beagle is approaching classic status. [See also Shiloh Summer, Saving Shiloh and the film of the book] (BCCB 10/91)

  • Osofsky, Audrey. My Buddy; illus. by Ted Rand. Holt 1992. Gr. 2-4.

    The narrator describes how he and his service dog, Buddy, trained together and now work together; Rand's sunny watercolors imbue both kid and dog with boyish appeal. (BCCB 10/92)

  • Rathmann, Peggy. Officer Buckle and Gloria; written and illus. by Peggy Rathmann. Putnam, 1995. 5-8 yrs

    Officer Buckle's dull classroom lectures on safety methodology are, unbeknownst to him, enlivened by the performance of his dog, Gloria. (BCCB 10/95)

  • Reaver, Chap. Bill. Delacorte 1994. Gr. 5-8.

    The late Reaver's flawless downhome style enriches this humorous yet tender story of mountain-girl Jess Gates who, helped by her loyal dog, Bill, attempts to deal with the major changes in her life. (BCCB 5/94)

  • Wegman, William. Puppies; written and illus. with photographs by William Wegman. Hyperion, 1997. Gr. 5-10.

    Wegman may seem merely an obligatory conclusion, but Puppies, with its detailed account of his love affair and photographic work with his beloved Weimaraners,his memorable doggy photographs and chitchat enough to satisfy the dog-deprived. (BCCB 1/98) [see also One, Two, Three and A,B,C]

  • Wood, Ted. Iditarod Dream: Dusty and His Sled Dogs Compete in Alaska's Jr. Iditarod; written and illus. with photographs by Ted Wood. Walker, 1996. Gr. 4-7.

    Vivid you-are-there photography enhances this account of a teenager's successful competition in the younger version of the famed sled-dog race. (BCCB 4/96)

    And we have to put in a happily biased plug for:

  • Hearne, Betsy. Eliza's Dog; illus. by Erica Thurston. McElderry, 1996. Gr. 3-5.

    Two years of begging finally pay off when Eliza gets the dog of her dreams while her family is on vacation in Ireland. But how will she get the dog home to Chicago? And what will having a dog of her own really be like? (BCCB 3/96)


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