Buster: The Very Shy Dog

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In these three stories Buster discovers his self-worth and self-confidence and makes friends along the way. Beginning readers will relate to Buster’s fears and successes and will relish in their very own triumph of completing a chapter book.

In three stories, Buster the dog overcomes his shyness to make a friend, discovers his special talent, and helps Phoebe find the garbage bandits.

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Overview

In these three stories Buster discovers his self-worth and self-confidence and makes friends along the way. Beginning readers will relate to Buster’s fears and successes and will relish in their very own triumph of completing a chapter book.

In three stories, Buster the dog overcomes his shyness to make a friend, discovers his special talent, and helps Phoebe find the garbage bandits.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"The plot exploits shy Buster's predicament to the fullest. The dogs featured have very childlike characteristics, and youngsters will find much with which to identify," said PW about this beginning reader. Ages 6-9. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This wonderful book traces the adventures of a dog that does not love himself but is loved by everyone else. The story tells of three separate adventures in which Buster discovers all of the things he can do. In the first adventure, Buster finds companionship with a child who has self esteem problems like himself. In the second part, Buster finds the good within through the help of his extroverted canine sidekick, Phoebe. In the third part, the duo strikes again with an adventure concerning some "garbage can bandits." This book appeals to all age groups and teaches the valuable lesson of loving yourself. With its vivid pictures and funny scenarios, Buster is a delight to read. The story leaves the reader wanting more of Buster's day-to-day adventures; young readers cannot help but love this playful pet. 1999, Houghton Mifflin,
— Sarah Hammond
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-These three stories about a puppy searching for his strengths will bring smiles of recognition to the beginning-reader set. In the first, Buster is new to the household, trying to find his niche among bossy pets and intimidating guests during his owner's birthday party. Next, he tries to search and catch like fellow-canine Phoebe, but learns that his less-flashy ability to listen is just as valued. It is this quality that enables him to assist Phoebe in solving the mystery of the garbage bandits in the last piece. Bechtold's watercolor-and-ink illustrations are droll and plentiful. Children not quite ready for Cynthia Rylant's "Henry and Mudge" series (S & S) will appreciate the natural repetition of vocabulary and the brevity of text per page.-Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Bechtold makes a sturdy debut with these three 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. (Fiction. 6-8) .
From the Publisher

Buster, a shy puppy, is intimidated in his new home. Phoebe, the older dog, is bold and bossy. How Buster comes out of his shell is disclosed in three chapters. In the first, Buster and a shy girl help each other at a birthday party; in the second, Buster's sharp hearing saves the day; and in the last vignette, Buster and Phoebe team up to scare off some garbage-eating raccoons. More substantial then some easy readers, this has 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.

May 15, 1999 Booklist, ALA

In the first of these easy-to-read stories, Buster's bashfulness causes him to hide ("Most people met Buster by accident") during his master's birthday party until he meets a kindred spirit; in the second, Buster's "big sister" Phoebe, who's a whiz at fetching and catching, helps Buster find his own gift; in the last story, Phoebe and Buster put their talents together to catch the "Garbage Bandit". 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. Although Buster's "shyness" doesn't play as large a role here as the title might imply, these tales about the new dog at home will provide plenty of resonance for younger readers, not to mention younger siblings.
Horn Book

Bechtold makes a sturdy debut with these three 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618111220
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/26/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,462,501
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.13 (d)

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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