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Barkus


Series
Barkus

by
Patricia MacLachlan
illustrated by
Marc Boutavant

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Chronicle Books
Imprint
Chronicle
ISBN
9781452111827

Awards and Honors
2018 Capitol Choices, Ages Zero to Seven
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017, Fiction for Younger Readers
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JLG Category

Easy Reading Plus

Meet Barkus. Barkus is curious. Barkus is loyal. Barkus is full of energy. And Barkus is ready for all kinds of adventures with his new owner, Nicky. Full-color illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

56

Trim Size

7" x 8"

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

480L

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2017

Topics

Dogs. Uncles. Pets. Family life. Schools. Snow. Snow days. Parties. Kittens. Tents. Overnights.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
MacLachlan has taken her love of animal stories and created an engaging early chapter book for young readers. This is the tale of a family caring for Barkus, a big brown dog given to them by a favorite uncle. Each chapter finds Barkus and Nicky, his young owner, embarking on silly adventures, from a raucous dog birthday party to an overnight campout. Kids will immediately take to Barkus, an affectionate, gentle family pet with a distinct personality, while the bright, animated illustrations bring the characters to life. The narrative is ideal for emergent readers wanting the challenge of a first chapter book, as well as reluctant older readers looking for a fun selection as they strengthen their skills. MacLachlan has published numerous books with animal characters of late, and this is a refreshing take on the beloved family pet tale. Librarians will appreciate a strong chapter book option for early readers, who too often have to settle for half-hearted storytelling in exchange for skill practice. Further adventures are promised with a second title due in 2018. VERDICT Charming characters and enjoyable storytelling will hold the attention of kids as they build their reading skills. A top pick for chapter book collections.—Casey O’Leary, Mooresville Public Library, IN

Horn Book

When globetrotting Uncle Everton sets off on a new voyage, he leaves Barkus— the “smartest dog in the world”—with Nicky and her family. In five brief chapters, Barkus and Nicky change the classroom dynamics at school, host a canine birthday party, find a kitten, and camp out in the backyard. Friendship and family are at the heart of this easy reader, with its large text, sizable line spacing, and occasional words and phrases in bigger font for emphasis. MacLachlan’s firstperson narrative gives the story a homey feel, as if readers are being welcomed into the characters’ inner circle. Boutavant’s bold, vivid hues pop atop solid-colored backgrounds. Near book’s end, Nicky cleverly retells hers and Barkus’s escapades in a two-page summary that’s designed to resemble a rebus puzzle. After finishing this first book in a projected series, fans of Mercy Watson and similar animal stories will be begging for more. elisa gall

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
MacLachlan has taken her love of animal stories and created an engaging early chapter book for young readers. This is the tale of a family caring for Barkus, a big brown dog given to them by a favorite uncle. Each chapter finds Barkus and Nicky, his young owner, embarking on silly adventures, from a raucous dog birthday party to an overnight campout. Kids will immediately take to Barkus, an affectionate, gentle family pet with a distinct personality, while the bright, animated illustrations bring the characters to life. The narrative is ideal for emergent readers wanting the challenge of a first chapter book, as well as reluctant older readers looking for a fun selection as they strengthen their skills. MacLachlan has published numerous books with animal characters of late, and this is a refreshing take on the beloved family pet tale. Librarians will appreciate a strong chapter book option for early readers, who too often have to settle for half-hearted storytelling in exchange for skill practice. Further adventures are promised with a second title due in 2018. VERDICT Charming characters and enjoyable storytelling will hold the attention of kids as they build their reading skills. A top pick for chapter book collections.—Casey O’Leary, Mooresville Public Library, IN

Horn Book

When globetrotting Uncle Everton sets off on a new voyage, he leaves Barkus— the “smartest dog in the world”—with Nicky and her family. In five brief chapters, Barkus and Nicky change the classroom dynamics at school, host a canine birthday party, find a kitten, and camp out in the backyard. Friendship and family are at the heart of this easy reader, with its large text, sizable line spacing, and occasional words and phrases in bigger font for emphasis. MacLachlan’s firstperson narrative gives the story a homey feel, as if readers are being welcomed into the characters’ inner circle. Boutavant’s bold, vivid hues pop atop solid-colored backgrounds. Near book’s end, Nicky cleverly retells hers and Barkus’s escapades in a two-page summary that’s designed to resemble a rebus puzzle. After finishing this first book in a projected series, fans of Mercy Watson and similar animal stories will be begging for more. elisa gall

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