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Book Trailer Thursday: Nubs

I’m gonna go ahead and tell you. Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, & a Miracle holds the distinction of being the only book I’ve ever reviewed that made me cry. Now, I’m not talking the kind of cataclysmic sobbing that makes coworkers edge away, nor am I talking about the ever-disturbing weeping-quietly-into-your-hand variety. I just got a little misty-eyed, that’s all, but for this hardened punk, that’s saying something.

It’s one of my favorite books of 2009. With artful simplicity, it tells the tale of a earless Iraqi mutt whose bond with Major Brian Dennis, an American soldier, compels Nubs to walk 70 miles through unforgiving conditions to find his friend. With its multiple (and often appropriately low-res) shots of both the human and canine hero, the book acts as sort of an annotated album.

The trailer takes this concept literally, placing each still image within picture corners, as if you are browsing an actual photo album. It’s a cute concept, but for such a modern story it feels awkwardly old-fashioned; more likely Dennis would keep his pics on a USB drive rather than mounted scrapbook-style. The muddy sound (and weird volume jump near the end) also adds to the overall rushed feel.

Verdict: Bad Dog! Thankfully, there’s plenty of other videos that bring home the powerful story. Oh, man. Here come the waterworks.



About the Author:

Dan Kraus is Booklist's Editor of Books for Youth. He is also the producer and director of numerous feature films, most notably the documentary Work Series, and the author of several YA novels, including Rotters and Scowler, both of which won the Odyssey Award. Follow him on Twitter at @DanielDKraus.

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  1.' Cindy Dobrez says:

    Daniel, we just had a new comment on our Bookends review of Nubs from a teacher who had Nubs visit the classroom before the book was published. Her students’ artwork graces the end papers of the book:

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