Children & Teens Books of the Week

New in Hardcover
Good Dog, McTavish (The McTavish Stories #1) Cover Image
By Meg Rosoff, Grace Easton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536200584
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Published: Candlewick - April 9th, 2019

Family life dissolves into chaos when Ma Peachey “give[s] up being a mother… to pursue peace and quiet.” Her youngest child, Betty, proposes adopting a dog to help the family return to normalcy. Fortunately for them, there’s a pup waiting at the shelter to adopt and rescue a family. Good Dog, McTavish (Candlewick, $15.99) is a “psychological mastermind” who, with Betty’s help, brings harmony to the Peacheys’ disordered ways and facilitates Ma’s return. Award-winning author Meg Rosoff infuses wry humor throughout this outstanding book, while Grace Easton’s illustrations highlight the fun. A read-aloud must for the entire family! Ages 5-9. Mary Alice Garber


Blast from the Past
A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog Cover Image
By Mercer Mayer, Mercer Mayer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780803728806
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Published: Dial Books - June 2nd, 2003

Wordlessly, and seeming to exist in a world outside of words, A Boy, A Dog and a Frog (Dial, $6.99) engage in a chase down by the creek that evokes all the innocence, wit, and stamina of childhood, with a twist at the end both heartwarming and wry. Although the chase is as action-packed as a heist film, even more engaging are the facial expressions of the boy, the dog, and the frog, each of which speaks volumes about the emotional life of the character. This lesser known Mercer Mayer classic—the first in a wordless series about the trio—is perfect for the preliterate child to page through on their own, for story prompts or a study in perspective in the classroom, or for appreciators of serial art of any age. Ages 3-9. Emily Ellerbe

YA Pick
This Side of Wild: Mutts, Mares, and Laughing Dinosaurs Cover Image
By Gary Paulsen, Tim Jessell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481451512
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2016

Celebrated author Gary Paulsen has competed in three Iditarods, sailed the Pacific Ocean solo, climbed the Bighorns, crossed deserts on horseback and lived in the wilds of Minnesota. Needless to say, he knows a thing or two about animals in the wild. Paulsen describes what it’s like to live This Side of Wild (Simon & Schuster, $7.99) in this collection of true stories about his adventures with animals: from the sickly poodle who rescued him from a grizzly bear; to the coffee-drinking dog who “talked” to him in Texas; to the 30 minutes that his life was controlled by a horse, two coyotes, a jackrabbit, a roadrunner and a lizard. With an engrossing and witty anecdotal style, Paulsen’s account entertains and informs the reader about the human condition almost as much as it delights the animal-lover in us. Ages 12-18. Marc Villa