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THE POET’S DOG: A Love Story

THE POET’S DOG: A Love Story

Lynn: I was always the smallest child in my class. “The best things come in small packages,” my father used to say to reassure me. That just happens to be the perfect aphorism to describe Patricia MacLachlan’s new book, The Poet’s Dog (2016). As small as a beginning reader and with MacLachlan’s trademark simple sentences, this book packs an […]

How to Be a Farm Dog: Two Delightful Picture Books for Hopeful Pups

How to Be a Farm Dog: Two Delightful Picture Books for Hopeful Pups

Lynn: Have you ever wanted to be a farm dog? (I’m guessing that’s a secret ambition for many of us.) If you have you’re in luck, because author Anne Vittur Kennedy is here to provide a little professional development with Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook (2015). Forget your PLCs (professional learning circles), Ragweed the farm dog […]

Has Your Collection Gone to the Dogs? If Not, It Should!

Has Your Collection Gone to the Dogs? If Not, It Should!

Cindy: Comic-book collections are  immensely popular in my middle-school libraries. Fox Trot, Zits, Calvin & Hobbes, Garfield, Peanuts . . . they all circulate nonstop. You really don’t need us to blog about those, but I want to be sure that you don’t miss this year’s Dogs Are People, Too: A Collection of Cartoons to Make […]

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Take a Bite Out of Crime with Spencer Quinn’s Woof

Take a Bite Out of Crime with Spencer Quinn’s Woof

Lynn:  You’ve heard of hard-bitten detectives, but how about a detective that bites? Meet Bowser, one member of a detective partnership featured in Spencer Quinn’s new series opener Woof (2015). Bowser is the canine birthday gift that 11-year-old Birdie picks out from the pound and takes home. A bit dim and distractible, but lovable, loyal, and […]

Finding Hope in Dystopia: Peter Heller’s The Dog Stars
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Finding Hope in Dystopia: Peter Heller’s The Dog Stars

In addition to talking about Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself with my Other Realms book group, I also recently led a discussion for Peter Heller’s The Dog Stars. I will confess that I was a hold-out on reading the latter book, perhaps unfairly, as I find myself irked by “literary” dystopian novels that get heaped with […]

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Stubby the War Dog by Ann Bausum

Stubby the War Dog by Ann Bausum

Lynn:  If I had a nickel for every kid who ever told me history was boring, I’d be living in the south of France eating glorious cheese and sipping a crisp Provencal rosé.  The trick to gaining history converts, I firmly believe, is in showing kids that history is really just people’s stories.  Well, here […]

A Vacation for Pooch by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

A Vacation for Pooch by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Cindy: Violet packs two bags…one for her to go to Florida and the other for Pooch who is headed to Grandpa’s farm. She’s sure he will miss her the whole time so she has his red ball to play with, his dog food, a leash so he won’t get lost and his stuffed cat so […]

Homer by Elisha Cooper

Homer by Elisha Cooper

Cindy: Let me start by assuring you that the dog who stars in Homer (Greenwillow 2012) does not die. Homer is old, though, and his age shows as the day starts with Homer on the porch watching the busy activity of his family (including other more sprightly pups of various breeds). A young child pulls […]

Dogs on Duty by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

Dogs on Duty by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

Lynn:  This month as we honor our brave men and women who currently serve or who have served our country, please take time for this wonderful book that celebrates a special kind of brave and faithful soldier.  Dogs On Duty:  Soldiers’ Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond (Walker 2012) is the story of military […]

The Case of the Ruby Slippers by Martha Freeman

The Case of the Ruby Slippers by Martha Freeman

Cindy: Booklist might have officially wrapped up Mystery Month, but Bookends is still on the case! We love mysteries and won’t stop covering them just because May is over.  The Case of the Ruby Slippers (Holiday House 2012) is a fun addition to the First Kids Mystery series. This was my introduction to the series […]