Friday, October 22, 2010

Rascal A Dog and His Boy by Ken Wells

Oh, no!  Rascal's boy is stuck on a rotting bridge and Rascal has to find some way to save him.

Alfred A Knopf Books for Young readers sent me a copy of this hardcover for review.  It's currently available in the market and is for ages 8-12.  The illustrator is Christian Slade, and he brings the animals to life as you follow Rascal's tale.

Mr. Wells writes this story from the dog's perspective, and I like it!  He's obviously familiar with animals because their interactions are authentic.

Rascal is part beagle and part blue tick, and loves to hunt.  He's a good natured pup, so he ends up going home with Miss Henrietta to keep the boy she adopted company.  Rascal loves Meely.  He's good company and he takes him out in the bayou hunting.

Rascal still visits his friends at the farm.  And that's a good thing because he is going to need their help to save his boy from bad trouble.

This is a good book for middle school children who love animals or nature.  And the fresh "dog voice" telling the tale is great!  Visit your local bookstore and pick up a copy. 

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