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Author: Robert J. McCarty

Illustrator: Stella Mustanoja McCarty

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Publisher: Barking Planet Productions,

Material: paperback

Summary: Our story begins on the Planet of the Dogs, long before there were dogs on Earth. The Council of Elder Dogs learned that humans in Green Valley were, for the first time ever, becoming nervous about threats to their safety and tranquility. Fear was new to them. The Council of Elder Dogs agreed to send an army of skilled dogs to help earthlings to restore peace and tranquility in Green Valley. This is the first book in a series about dogs and the many ways they make life richer for all living species.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 11 and up

Interest Level: 9 to 12

Reading Level: 5.8

Age of Child: Read by an 10-year-old girl. She participated in a youth ministry project at Effort Baptist Church helping our Use Your ABCs project. To be read by: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ Also reviewed by a student at North Junior High School, St. Cloud, MN, as part of the Use Your ABCs program.

Young Reader Reaction: 10YO: I picked this because I thought it would be interesting. I found it to be boring.
Student reviewer: I picked this book because the title sounded interesting. I thought it would be a family book, which was true. I did not like it, though, because I think it is really for younger or remedial readers.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a great story for anyone who loves dogs. The pace is quick. The characters are believable and the “tweener” dialect make this a fun read. It is more a novelty read than a book that with serious interest in dogs or planets.

Pros: This is an imaginative and creative story which will fascinate dog lovers and non-dog lovers alike.

Cons: The illustrations are appropriate but placement with text is sometimes confusing.
Student reviewer: It seems childish to me.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Animal stories are generally well-received and fun to share with friends. This is no exception.
Student reviewer: Skip.


Educational Themes: This book is book to be shared and the pleasure of reading something that really tickles your funny bone. Reading remains a high priority educational process and one that requires reading material that is interesting, educational, and fun to read, Planet Of The Dogs more than fills that requirement.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 5.8. The author donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub. This is an unsolicited donation. The Reading Tub reviewed the book in conjunction with an Author Showcase feature.

Literary Categories: Fiction - adventure, animal fantasy, middle grade series

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2009, November 2009

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