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The Resource Barkus : [No. 1 : Barkus], by Patricia MacLachlan ; illustrated by Marc Boutavant

Barkus : [No. 1 : Barkus], by Patricia MacLachlan ; illustrated by Marc Boutavant

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Barkus : [No. 1 : Barkus]
Title
Barkus
Title remainder
[No. 1 : Barkus]
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by Patricia MacLachlan ; illustrated by Marc Boutavant
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Language
eng
Summary
Barkus is a large and very smart dog who comes to live with seven-year-old Nicky when Nicky's Uncle Everton goes travelling--and soon he is a family and school favourite
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Illustration
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 1–3—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 --Casey O'Leary (Reviewed 02/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 02, p79)
  • Forget about every dog having its day: floppy-eared Barkus owns the entire calendar in this upbeat collection of five stories that bridges picture book and chapter book terrain. Barkus is the “smartest dog in the whole world,” according to globetrotting Uncle Everton, who gives Barkus to his niece Nicky. “Does he bark?” asks Nicky’s father. “Only when he wants to,” replies Uncle Everton. But smarts alone don’t explain Barkus’s charisma. He follows Nicky to school and, instead of getting the boot, becomes the class dog (“Maybe he will help us all learn to read,” says the teacher, after Barkus barks approvingly at the word “dog”). After Barkus decides he doesn’t want a “quiet little party” for his birthday, the neighborhood dogs show up and raise the roof, and when Barkus finds a kitten, he gets to both keep and name it. Boutavant (Edmond, the Moonlit Party) contributes cheery, brightly colored cartooning with a 1960s-minimalist aesthetic, but what’s truly beguiling is MacLachlan’s (The Poet’s Dog) benevolent worldview, which suggests that anything’s possible if you are clever, reasonably well behaved, and fun to be around. Ages 6–9. Author’s agent: Rubin Pfeffer, Rubin Pfeffer Content. (June) --Staff (Reviewed 04/17/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 16, p)
  • A child grows to love a new canine companion in this initial offering in a new series of early chapter books by Newbery Medalist MacLachlan.Protagonist Nicky narrates the story, which is divided into five brief chapters with short sentences set in large type. Nicky's new pet, Barkus, is a large, brown dog who seems friendly, smart, and well-behaved. In short, episodic chapters, Barkus joins Nicky at school, celebrates his birthday with some canine pals, and finds a pet kitten as his special companion. In the final chapter, Nicky, Barkus, and the kitten spend the night in a backyard tent, with Nicky conquering a longstanding fear of the dark. Nicky tells the dog and kitten a bedtime story, which effectively summarizes the entire book in an amusing way. Nicky and Nicky's parents are white, the teacher has tan skin, and Nicky's classmates are a multiethnic group. Cheery illustrations with a perky, 1960s vibe feature polka-dot patterns on the cover and endpapers and depict characters with buggy, cartoon-style eyes. Illustrations on almost every page include a variety of format sizes from small vignettes to full pages, alternating between white and brightly colored backgrounds. Nicky, Barkus, and Baby the kitten will appeal to fans of the Henry and Mudge series as well as to the younger picture-book audience. (Early reader. 4-7)(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2017)
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10469179
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MacLachlan, Patricia
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • 1
  • 3
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Boutavant, Marc
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True
Series statement
Barkus
Series volume
0001
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  • Children's stories
  • Dogs
  • Dogs
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Barkus : [No. 1 : Barkus], by Patricia MacLachlan ; illustrated by Marc Boutavant
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volume
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rdacarrier
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  • text
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  • txt
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  • rdacontent
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Control code
000057132651
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781452111827
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(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)939911275
Label
Barkus : [No. 1 : Barkus], by Patricia MacLachlan ; illustrated by Marc Boutavant
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000057132651
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781452111827
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)939911275

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