Dimensions: 80 pages, 9.3 × 6.44 × 0.48 in
Published: May 1, 2007
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0805079572
ISBN - 13: 9780805079579
Read from the Book
Chapter 6 Tidbit: A Star Is Born Nashville, Tennessee, 1957 I was born the smallest of the litter. Even as a pup I had to fight to survive. While my brothers and sisters grew up to be fast and strong and to jump high, I grew up to be a beggar. While my brothers and sisters grew up handsome and sleek, I grew up ugly. I was a pitiful young thing, but even pitiful young things can have remarkable experiences in life--moments that change a life from pitiful to significant. This is one. I took to the streets young, living beside Dumpsters or hanging out at the back doors of restaurants. I lived hand-to-mouth. I made the rounds in Nashville each morning, hoping the trash had been carelessly emptied behind the restaurants or that someone had not finished a Big Mac. I had no home. I lived a dangerous life, avoiding kicks and yells. One day as I made my usual rounds, I heard a noise coming from the back door of a building. It was a wonderful sound. A rhythmic boom boom . A soft gliding sound. A plunking and a twanging, all harmoniously rolled together. A sound that for the first time made me feel like I was home. I parked myself at that door, the back door to the Grand Ole Opry. People coming in and out of the Opry are good people. They began to notice me, but instead of kicking and yelling at me, they were kind. They brought me snacks and patted my head. I watched every night as a parade of boots went through that door. Lizard-skin boots, ostrich, elephant-
From the Publisher
What do dogs really think about their two-legged companions?
It is the first annual meeting of the WOOF Society. Dogs of different backgrounds and breeds have gathered to hear the secret diaries of its members.
Abu is the ruler of ancient Egypt, but Miu, the Royal Cat, constantly irritates him—except at night. Tidbit, born the runt of the litter, becomes a star singer at the Grand Ole Opry. Jip leads his blinded master back home from the Civil War. Mimi, a dog living in Paris, shares her tips on bathroom protocol and dinnertime etiquette.
These humorous and touching stories, complemented by Erik Brooks’s black-and-white illustrations, are sure to appeal to dog lovers of all ages.
Dog Diaries is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children''s Book of the Year.
About the Author
Betsy Byars, a Newbery Award winner, lives in South Carolina, and Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers--both well-known authors in their own right--live in Georgia.
Erik Brooks has illustrated, as well as written, a number of books for children. He, his wife and daughter, and their dog, Max, live in north central Washington State.