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Grade 3–4—The canine members of the WOOF (Words of Our Friends) Society gather together to hear stories that have been collected from dogs all over the world throughout history. The goal: to prove that dogs are accomplished storytellers who have larger vocabularies than merely "sit" and "fetch." The 11 tales that follow cover many aspects of the animals' lives and are by turns touching, funny, and sad. In "Abu: The Dog Who Ruled Egypt," Abu is catered to by everyone in the Egyptian court, except for Miu, the Royal Cat. However, at night, when it is cold in the kennel, he welcomes the warm presence of the feline curled against his back. In other stories, a garbage disposal is pooch's invisible enemy; Tidbit appears at the Grand Ole Opry with Johnny Cash; a dog learns the importance of a moniker; and a mother dog nurses abandoned kittens. At the end of the evening, the members of WOOF disband, satisfied that they are literate, and look forward to next year when they will be joined by the cats of MEOW. The stories average four to five pages, a length that allows readers to cover one or two in a sitting. Black-and-white pencil-and-ink drawings appear on almost every page, revealing the personalities of each animal and illustrating the setting of their stories. Readers will enjoy seeing the world from a canine's perspective.—Terrie Dorio, Santa Monica Public Library, CA.
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From the trio who gave readers The SOS File (2004), this collection of short stories combines the bedrocks of mass appeal: dogs, humor, and short chapters brimming with illustrations. The stories include a mix of contemporary and historical, ranging from the Egyptian pharaohs to the Grand Ole Opry. Most pack a strong dose of laughs, such as "Mimi's Guide to Life," which includes tips on good places to hide after "bathroom indiscretion." Others are poignant, like the one about the dog that serves as a makeshift guide dog after a Civil War battle leaves his owner limping and blind. As a whole, the collection is slightly uneven. Weaker elements, such as an overlong introduction to the book's premise, are balanced by stronger ones, like the thrilling account of a dog that unwittingly captures a bank robber. Expressive, energetic pencil illustrations adorn nearly every page, breaking up the text for struggling or reluctant readers. Harold, Suzanne
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 610L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805079572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805079579
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By unicornelia on February 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I borrowed this from the library because I spotted it on the new shelf and saw that it contained some dogs I knew I was going to like. ;)
This cute little work of juvenile fiction is a collection of biographical short stories by dogs, read by other dogs assembled in a meeting of the WOOF Society--Words Of Our Friends, a new canine literacy organization for enlightened pooches. It's run by a noble old Irish Wolfhound called Beauregard.

Dogs of various breeds and mixes are present (and cutely illustrated in a black and white cartoonish style by Erik Brooks) at the WOOF meeting, from Dobermans, Jack Russells, and Basset hounds to Dalmatians, Poodles, Chihuahuas and Borzoi.

The stories read start about as far back in domestic canine history as possible, with Abu, the feathered Saluki who is the mighty Pharaoh of all Egypt, a swift hunter, a courageous warrior--and has an interesting relationship with the Royal Cat, a constant shadow looming over his otherwise illustrious reign. No breeds are specified in the stories, but most can be known.

Next, a little Pekingese discovers the power of names and that the naming of dogs, like the naming of cats, is an important matter.

Then, a Cocker spaniel makes enemies with the animal under the sink that gets all the delicious, moldy food scraps that he craves.

In "Dawg Strikes Gold," well written in the narrator's dialect, a droopy hound dog and a horse make a discovery that helps their poor master. (Stories with specific historical settings have them listed under the title--for instance, this one is Colorado, 1892.)

Following that, a sweet little mutt named Tidbit tells of how he came to perform at the Grand Ole Opry with Johnny Cash. The story also includes Dolly Parton.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Dogs are gathering for the first annual meeting of the WOOF Society, chaired by an Irish wolfhound, to listen to the secret diaries of dogs from around the world and through history...the result is a hilarious dog's-eye view of the human and animal world in a series of short story vignettes spiced with black and white photos throughout by Erik Brooks. A delightful, fun light read sure to attract leisure readers seeking easier chapter book formats beyond the very basic stage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Torrani on July 4, 2011
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Dog Diaries: Secret Writings of the Woof Society, a collection of short stories written by "dogs" proved to be the perfect gift for second grade classes at the end of the year. The students were all animal lovers especially dogs, so they were thrilled to listen to and read these unique stories. The beauty of this collection is that each story can be read independently and in any order. They are perfect listening pieces for second or third grade students and can be a quick interesting read for forth or fifth grade students. Great addition to a primary classroom's read aloud library.
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We chose this book as one of the required summer readings for our 8 year old. She read the entire book in one day! To say she loved it would be an understatement.

The book is under 90 pages and the chapters are short. The story is endearing for an animal loving child. My daughter had just finished James and Giant Peach so this was easier reading for her.

From my daughter: "Cool adventures and funny, liked all the different dog stories and when they came together at the end."
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My nine year old and I, both dog lovers, had a great time reading these short, fun stories aloud to one another. We loved it so much, I was hoping it was a series. It's not, but we'll be checking out other Betsy Byars stories!
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