Book Title: LITTLE DOG, LOST
Author: Marion Dane Bauer
Publisher: Atheneum/Simon and Schuster
From Newbery Honoree Marion Dane Bauer comes the tale of a boy who needs a dog, and a dog who needs a boy—a match made in heaven, if only the two can meet.
"Wholly satisfying ... a perfect selection for pet lovers new to chapter books and anyone who just enjoys a cheerful dog story.”
Kirkus Reviews, STAR
Told in free verse, this charming novel examines themes of longing and loneliness through three memorable characters: a boy, Mark, who desperately wants a dog; a taciturn old man, Charles Larue, who cares for an empty mansion; and a small dog, Buddy, given away when her family moves. Newbery Honor–author Bauer (On My Honor) crafts distinct voices for each character and develops a strong sense of place in the close-knit town of Erthly, where Mark’s mother is mayor. The stories of these three characters converge when Buddy runs away, Larue seeks a purpose after his deceased boss wills him the house, and Mark channels his wish for a dog into a protest for a dog park… “any child who has ever longed for a pet or tried to convince a parent to give in to a dear wish will identify with Mark.”
Booklist, starred review
My four year old son and I are reading this book now for the 3rd or 4th time. He cries and laughs, and asks me to read it to him again and again. The first time we read it, we did so over three nights, and each morning he said, “I can't wait to find out what happens to Buddy and Mark!” This is a lovely lovely book.
“Here is a tale that warms the heart from top to bottom and back again. This is storytelling in all its glory.”
Author of the Newbery Honor Book THE UNDERNEATH
“Newbery Honor–author Bauer (On My Honor) crafts distinct voices for each character and develops a strong sense of place in the close-knit town of Erthly ... Any child who has ever longed for a pet or tried to convince a parent to give in to a dear wish will identify with Mark.”
“Marion Dane Bauer delicately showcases yearning in so many hearts, human and animal. Buddy, a female dog so named by her first owner because she was his buddy, loses one home and moves through another before emerging as a much-loved Ruby at the end. Telling the story in short poems, which highlight central characters, allows Bauer to make the story accessible to many different readers. The lines can dwell on Buddy's cute ears or the “eyes as blue as a Caribbean sea” of a lonely older man, or the wonderful dog-dominating skills of a cat named Fido. A great read-aloud.”
Mary Harris Russell
“FOUR PAWS up for this delightful read. I know many readers who will like this book. I always have readers looking for novels in verse, and this one is perfect. I wonder if any of my students will recognize the alliteration, assonance, consonance, and repetition used in LITTLE DOG LOST.
“I will be putting this book in the hands of as many readers as I can. A perfect book to read alone or to read aloud.”
Years ago I invited you to Ft. Wayne, IN to speak to SCBWI attendees on story structure. I was thrilled to meet you since I had enjoyed so many of your books. I've continued to read what you publish and am always amazed at your ability to craft books that grab the heart, entertain, and drop a resonating theme in the soul. Thank you.
Last night I read Little Dog Lost and was totally blown away. I wrote a short gushing recommendation on my webpage today: www.lolaschaefer.com—click on Reflections.
Thank you for this book, as well as all of your other picture books and novels. You are such a great teacher!
Lola M. Schaefer