Buster the Very Shy Dog

Overview

"These stories about a puppy searching for his strengths will bring smiles of recognition to the beginning-reader set." —School Library Journal
 
Join Buster the very shy dog as he discovers his self-worth and self-confidence in a house full of more outgoing canine and feline characters. Newly formatted for Green Light Readers Level 3, this edition of Buster features two easy-to-read stories from the original book. In the first, a ...

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Overview

"These stories about a puppy searching for his strengths will bring smiles of recognition to the beginning-reader set." —School Library Journal
 
Join Buster the very shy dog as he discovers his self-worth and self-confidence in a house full of more outgoing canine and feline characters. Newly formatted for Green Light Readers Level 3, this edition of Buster features two easy-to-read stories from the original book. In the first, a wary Buster reaches out to befriend a girl who seems sad and lonely at a birthday party. In the second, Buster, insecure about his inability to catch a ball, uncovers a winning talent all his own!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Dog and cat lovers and shy kids everywhere will happily (and successfully) read and reread these stories. —Kirkus

"The dogs featured have very childlike characteristics, and  youngsters will find much to identify with."
                                                             —Publisher's Weekly
 
"These stories about a puppy searching for his strengths will bring smiles of recognition to
 the beginning- reader set .  . . Bechtold's watercolor-and-ink illustrations are droll and plentiful. Children not quite ready for Cynthia Rylant's Henry and Mudge series appreciate the natural repetition of vocabulary and the brevity of text per page."
                                                  —School Library Journal
 
"An agreeable, relatable story and above-average cartoon-style artwork that features the particularly appealing Buster. A good choice for kids just past the easiest reader stage.
                                                     —-Booklist, ALA
"The digest-sized format of the book is pitched toward both picture-book and beginning-reader audiences, and the lively ink-and-watercolor illustrations have a well-drawn goofiness that barks up just the right tree."
                                                            —Horn Book

"Bechtold makes a sturdy debut with these. . .episodes in the life of a big dog with scrawny self-esteem. Although he is intimidated by strangers and totally unable to catch thrown objects, Buster discovers that he's a good listener, a talent that comes in handy when there's an escaped hamster to track down, a gang of nocturnal garbage-pail plunderers to catch in the act, or a lonely human to comfort. Slinking anxiously through airy, simply drawn scenes, the pop-eyed, charcoal-colored pooch looks ready to bolt at the drop of a hat, and while he finds a measure of courage at last in the company of his outgoing canine companion, Phoebe, readers will want to give him a reassuring hug. Scoot over, Mudge."
                                                                         —Kirkus Reviews

From the Publisher
"The dogs featured have very childlike characteristics, and  youngsters will find much to identify with."
                                                             —Publisher's Weekly
 
"These stories about a puppy searching for his strengths will bring smiles of recognition to
 the beginning- reader set .  . . Bechtold's watercolor-and-ink illustrations are droll and plentiful. Children not quite ready for Cynthia Rylant's Henry and Mudge series appreciate the natural repetition of vocabulary and the brevity of text per page."
                                                  —School Library Journal
 
"An agreeable, relatable story and above-average cartoon-style artwork that features the particularly appealing Buster. A good choice for kids just past the easiest reader stage.
                                                     —-Booklist, ALA

"The digest-sized format of the book is pitched toward both picture-book and beginning-reader audiences, and the lively ink-and-watercolor illustrations have a well-drawn goofiness that barks up just the right tree."
                                                            —Horn Book

"Bechtold makes a sturdy debut with these. . .episodes in the life of a big dog with scrawny self-esteem. Although he is intimidated by strangers and totally unable to catch thrown objects, Buster discovers that he's a good listener, a talent that comes in handy when there's an escaped hamster to track down, a gang of nocturnal garbage-pail plunderers to catch in the act, or a lonely human to comfort. Slinking anxiously through airy, simply drawn scenes, the pop-eyed, charcoal-colored pooch looks ready to bolt at the drop of a hat, and while he finds a measure of courage at last in the company of his outgoing canine companion, Phoebe, readers will want to give him a reassuring hug. Scoot over, Mudge."
                                                                         —Kirkus Reviews
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Meet the Author

Lisze Bechtold lives in Pasadena, California.She is an award-winning independent filmmaker and former animator for various studios, including Walt Disney. The idea for this story came from many memories living with the real Buster and Phoebe. For a game starring Buster, visit www.bustertheveryshydog.com
for a game starring Buster.

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