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DOG DIARIES by Betsy Byars


Secret Writings of the WOOF Society

by Betsy Byars ; Betsy Duffey & Laurie Myers & illustrated by Erik Brooks

Age Range: 9 - 11

Pub Date: May 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-8050-7957-9
Publisher: Henry Holt

Newbery Medalist Byars and her two daughters join forces for their third collaborative effort using a short-story format. An introductory chapter sets the stage for the first annual meeting of the WOOF Society, a group of literate dogs compiling “Words of Our Friends.” Eleven short narratives follow, told in first person by a variety of dogs from different eras and locations, from ancient times to the modern world. The historical settings include ancient Egypt, Pompeii during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, the Gold Rush–era and the Civil War. Some of the stories are touching while others are humorous, including one from a dog who foils a bank robber and another about a dog who learns to “sing” at the Grand Ole Opry with Johnny Cash. The writing styles of the three authors and the length of stories vary widely, although this is in line with the supposed diversity of canine authors. Engaging illustrations in soft gray pencil endow each dog with additional personality, from Abu the hound in Egypt to Mimi the poodle in Paris. (Fiction. 9-11)