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Summer Book Reviews

◆ Check out some of your county library staff’s favorite dog books.

Provided by the
Lincoln County Library System

Harry HATES baths and hides the scrubbing brush. Read this fun book and find out what happens when Harry doesn’t get a bath. Tammy Plowman – Cokeville Branch Library

For the “Dog Days of Summer” staff across the Lincoln County Library System were asked to share their favorite “dog book.”

They came through with shining examples of wonderful dog books; there is something for everyone on this list!

A few of the books were even suggested more than once! Enjoy a great read from your Lincoln County Library System.

• “Backwards Bird Dog” by Bill Wallace.
This is a funny children’s story about a dog that should be able to use his nose to sniff things out. But this poor dog keeps hurting his nose either by bumping it on things or an angry bee who stings it. Melissa Soelter – Lincoln County Library (Kemmerer)

• “Bark George” by Jules Feiffer
What a simple and fun book that makes you think you know what will happen next. Fun to see if kids can guess what George will bark at and get them to get involved in the story. After you finish reading this one get Smart George and see what George’s next adventure will be. Rhonda Merritt – Thayne Branch Library

• “Bark George” by Jules Feiffer is one of my favorite storytime books. It is about a little dog with a big problem. It has funny, clever pictures. It has a nice rhythm and is easy to read to an audience. The premise is filled with humor and the ending is a fun surprise. Rachelle Draney – Alpine Branch Library

• Chet and Bernie Mystery series by Spencer Quinn
These charming stories are told through the eyes of a dog named Chet. They are fun and engaging, but the best part about them is they show the true love and devotion a dog has for his owner. Kristi Quinn – Thayne Branch Library

• The first one is “Dog On It.” The books are written “by” the dog, Chet, who partners with Bernie, a Private Eye. They are funny, clean, and entertaining light reading. Jennifer Giese – Thayne Branch Library

• “Craig & Fred: A Marine, A Stray Dog, and How They Rescued Each Other” by Craig Grossi.
An uplifting true story of a U.S. Marine, the stray dog he met on an Afghan battlefield, and how they saved each other and now travel America together, spreading the message of being positive. Gayle Chadwick – Cokeville Branch Library

• I just finished reading “Devoted” by Dean Koontz, and loved this book. I don’t usually read books with dogs because if the dog dies- it is too much for me! But this one was good! Woody is a young boy (11 yrs old) who has autism and has never spoken. Kipp is a special dog who has telepathy. When the two unite, they are unstoppable and are set out to save the world while one particular person is trying to destroy it. October Dunford – Lincoln County Library (Kemmerer)

• “The Dog Stars” by Peter Heller. A post-apocalyptic story about a man, his dog and their search for hope. I loved the unique writing style, the western setting, and of course, the dog. Wendi Walton – Alpine Branch Library

• “A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron. Better have some kleenex ready when you read this one. A dog (or maybe his soul) is continually reincarnated until he finds his true purpose in life. He goes through phases as a mongrel, family dog, police dog and more until he finally realizes why he was put on this earth. (If no one mentions it, also consider “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein. Outstanding) Bill Kelley – Alpine Branch Library

• “Harry the Dirty Dog” by Gene Zion and published in 1956. This is a time standing treasure and a favorite story from my childhood. Harry HATES baths and hides the scrubbing brush. Read this fun book and find out what happens when Harry doesn’t get a bath. Tammy Plowman – Cokeville Branch Library

• “Pig the Fibber (Pig the Pug)” by Aaron Blabey
Pig is a Pug likes to fib and tell lies and blame it on another dog, Trevor. He steals a bunch of treats and hides them high up in a closet to save for later. When he goes to eat them a bowling ball is behind them and falls on him. After that he decides to tell the truth! Shawnee Moore – Cokeville Branch Library

• “Ranger in Time: Danger in Ancient Rome” by Kate Messner. Ranger is a search and rescue dog that goes back in time. In this book, the second book in the series, he saves a boy from a lion and helps a gladiator win his freedom. One of my favorite Ranger books! Kera Wakefield – Lincoln County Library (Kemmerer)

• “Red Dog” by Bill Wallace
I like this book because it’s set in Wyoming and the wilderness. I read it when I was a kid and it will always be a favorite. Red, the dog, tracks his humans down after a break in to their home and saves the day. Mariah Bassett – Star Valley Branch Library

• “The Sound and the Furry” by Spencer Quinn is book #6 in the Chet and Bernie Mystery Series, and my personal favorite. Bernie Little is a private detective and Chet is his loyal partner.
This book is set in the Louisiana swamps, and things aren’t going well for the Little Detective Agency. During the course of their investigation, Chet and Bernie become separated, and Chet is lost in the swamps. What would Chet do to get back to Bernie? Whatever it takes! If you have not checked out any of the Chet and Bernie books, start with this one and I am paw-sitive you will want to read the entire series. Missy Harris – Lincoln County Library System

• Anyone who knows me knows that I am NOT a dog person; so it was with great reluctance that I began reading “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” by David Wroblewski. I couldn’t put it down. Edgar is born mute, but can hear, and has an uncommon ability to communicate with the dogs his family breeds and trains. There is tragedy and heartbreak, beauty and compassion, as the author illustrates the relationship between man and dog, and the ever complicated relationships in a family. Sarah Doornbos – Alpine Branch Library

• “War dogs : tales of canine heroism, history, and love” by Rebecca Frankel
Great book looking at the complicated relationship between military dogs and their handlers. The author gives a history of dogs in the military and makes the case for continuing an effective war dog force. Richard Landreth – Lincoln County Library System

• “Wet Dog” by Elise Broach illustrated by David Catrow will have you laughing out loud. The pictures are truly a delight and the story about a wet dog filled with repetitive narrative and onomatopoeia is so fun to read. Sherry Skinner – Thayne Branch Library

• “Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls
This is a coming of age story about Billy and his two coonhounds, Little Ann and Old Dan. It follows their adventures as well as the lessons they learn on loyalty, perseverance and integrity. It is a great family read aloud book. Shani Miller – Star Valley Branch Library

• It is the story of a young boy who acquires two coon dogs and trains them. It struck me to the heart when I read this at 12 years of age. I have always loved that book. Jerry Mower – Thayne Branch Library