Books for the dog days of summer

June 06, 2006|by HANNAH TUSSING


I'm here to give you tips for fun summer reading and review some exciting books for all ages.

First of all, here are some tips for those of you who aren't thrilled with reading. Summer is your time to experiment with different books instead of just reading what school requires.

The theme for the following books: Stories told from a dog's point of view. Here are two of my favorites.

"Hank the Cowdog: The Case of the Tender Cheeping Chickies" by John R. Erickson and illustrated by Gerald L. Holmes

  • Ages: Late elementary and middle school readers

  • Story: Hank the Cowdog, who is Head of Ranch Security, is trusted with the duty of guarding five cheeping chicks. But they look tasty. Will his hunger win over his devotion to duty? This is the latest book in a hilarious series. In between getting himself in various sticky situations, Hank still finds time to carry meaningless conversations with his not-so-smart assistant, Drover. Many of Hank's books and audio books are available at Washington County Free Library. The author reads the audio books and he does different voices for different characters.

"The Good Dog" by Avi

  • Ages: middle school readers

  • Story: McKinley, a malamute, is a very reliable dog. Either he is making sure his human pup, Jack, stays out of harm's way, or he keeps a watchful eye on all the dogs of Steamboat Springs, Colo. Then, he meets Lupin, a she-wolf. Lupin wants the town's dogs to leave their domesticated lives behind and join her wild pack. McKinley finds himself drawn to the freedom she offers, but also is a little wary to just leave his home behind. Will McKinley stay and guard his family and the dogs of Steamboat Springs, or leave his human pup behind for the sake of freedom?
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