Broadway Barks

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The picture-book debut of Broadway star Bernadette Peters, this is the story of a lonely little dog living in a park in New York City, and how he finds a friend at Broadway Barks who makes him a star!
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The picture-book debut of Broadway star Bernadette Peters, this is the story of a lonely little dog living in a park in New York City, and how he finds a friend at Broadway Barks who makes him a star!
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Peters weaves a sweet if slight story around the eponymous theater-district annual benefit she founded with Mary Tyler Moore (who makes an uncredited cameo as "a tall lady with a pretty smile") to promote adoption of shelter animals. Douglas is an abandoned and brokenhearted terrier living in a Manhattan park, his sad-sack scruffiness underscored by Murphy's (ABC Doctor) roughhewn, mixed-media collage work. One day, he depends on the kindness of the right stranger: a luxuriantly coiffed lady who looks a lot like Peters. One short taxi ride to Shubert Alley later, the dog is rewarded with a new owner (a girl patron of Broadway Barks) and a new name (Kramer). The CD features two tracks by Peters: a somewhat wan narration of the book, and a silky, piano-bar rendition of an original lullaby sung to Kramer. Peters pulls more than a few heartstrings in portraying Douglas/Kramer's yearning for a home, and Murphy peppers her illustrations with some ingenious touches (the Manhattan skyline is partially constructed from old tape measures). Ultimately, however, the appeal of this story rests chiefly on the good intentions of its creators.. Ages 4-8. (June)

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

Well, it is what it is: an idealized promotional piece for Broadway Barks, the annual New York City pet adopt-a-thon founded by Peters and Mary Tyler Moore in 1998. Sad little Douglas is abandoned in Central Park, where no one walks him or feeds him or loves him. He is befriended and taken into a smiling and willing driver's yellow cab by a pretty red-haired stranger (Peters) and taken to Shubert Alley, where Moore emcees an adoption pet show/pageant. Obedient and adorable, Douglas meets a little girl, is given a new name, Kramer, and is taken to live happily-ever-after with his new family. Murphy's bright mixed-media cartoon illustrations include snips of measuring tape, telegrams, and pieces of printed matter that become the buildings, trees, and sidewalks of Manhattan. Douglas/Kramer is a cute concoction of gray flannel and a fine mutt of a mascot for this message, which is accompanied by a CD on which Peters reads the story. Royalties will be donated to the cause. An NYC-centric companion for Maribeth Boelt's Before You Were Mine (Putnam, 2007) and Bob Graham's Let's Get a Pup! Said Kate (Candlewick, 2001).-Kathy Krasniewicz, Perrot Library, Old Greenwich, CT

Kirkus Reviews
In 1998, Peters and Mary Tyler Moore founded Broadway Barks, an annual pet "adopt-a-thon" in the theater district of New York City. Peters here offers the story of a scraggly, gray dog living in Central Park who is befriended by a lady with long, curly, red hair (Peters herself of course, though not specifically identified in the text). The dog narrates the tale, describing how the kind woman takes him by taxi to a theater where he observes the Broadway Barks show. The dog has his turn on stage, where he attempts to sing and dance in his own way, and he is chosen for adoption by a little girl who appreciates his talents. The story is simple but humorous, artfully complemented by Murphy's delightful mixed-media illustrations. A CD is included with Peters reading the text and singing an original song written for her own dog. Author royalties from this not-too-self-aggrandizing and wholly goodhearted offering go to Broadway Barks. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934706008
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 270,983
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters has led a dazzling career on Broadway and in theaters and concert halls around the world, playing such memorable roles as te witch in Into the Woods, and mam Rose in Gypsy. She is the cofounder, with Mary Tyler Moore, of Broadway Barks, a charity that finds homes for shelter animals. Her passion for animals is the inspiration behind this book

Liz Murphy was born in England and lives with her family in Montclair, New Jersey. She is a graduate of the Kingston Art College, where she majored in graphic design.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2008

    Bernadette's voice makes it...

    The story is nice and quick and is mostly a way to make people aware of Broadway Barks. The book itself is best for young children. But what puts it over the top is the CD included, which has Bernadette reading the story...and it's always a pleasure to hear her voice. Which brings me to the next point, and that is you get a NEW SONG by her as well! That'll make it a good collector's item for Bernadette fans. Plus when you buy it, money goes to Broadway Barks itself, so that makes it an even more worthwhile purchase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2008

    A MUST HAVE for Children of All Ages

    As a Bernadette Peters fan and supporter of Broadway Barks, I was excited to get her first book. It exceeded my expectations - after all Ms Peters is a fabulous singer, not previously known as an author. It is a wonderful sweet story about a stray dog - who used to have a home but now lives in the park - and how he was rescued by Broadway Barks. The CD that accompanies it not only has a beautiful song written and sung by Ms Peters but she reads the story delightfully. The story also introduces children to the animal rescue process. I gave the true test to the book - my 2 year old granddaughter, a dog lover - and she had me read it over and over to her. She also loved listening to the CD which has lots of relevant background city noises making the story even more fun followed by Ms Peters singing the song, needless to say, magnificently. I am a fan of children's stories with CD's and I found there is a shortage of really good ones and that so very few have music on them, so I am particularly thrilled to find this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2008

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    I liked the idea of this book, written by one of the founders of the Broadway Barks charity. But the story itself left me flat, I didn't really connect with any of the characters, and the story seemed to resolve itself too easily. I know children's books usually have lots of fun and excitement, often with a twist or two thrown in. But this book really didn't. The only real reason I can see for buying it is that it includes a CD of the author reading the book, and singing the lovely 'Kramer's Song' which she wrote for the book. It makes a nice souvenir for Bernadette Peters fans, or those who want to make a donation to the Broadway Barks charity by purchasing the book though.

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