Waggit's Tale [NOOK Book]

Overview

He is nameless. He is homeless. He is lost.

Until he is found . . . by a team of mutts who shelter him and teach him how to survive the wilds of the city park.

And so he becomes Waggit, the best hunter and tracker in the pack.

But life in the park is dangerous and uncertain. In winter, food and warmth are scarce. Another team of wild dogs is a constant menace. And there is always the fear of capture by park ...

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Overview

He is nameless. He is homeless. He is lost.

Until he is found . . . by a team of mutts who shelter him and teach him how to survive the wilds of the city park.

And so he becomes Waggit, the best hunter and tracker in the pack.

But life in the park is dangerous and uncertain. In winter, food and warmth are scarce. Another team of wild dogs is a constant menace. And there is always the fear of capture by park rangers. Waggit can't help feeling that something is missing . . . something warm and cozy . . . and human. Then one day everything changes and Waggit must face a new threat and a new choice.

Peter Howe's tale of an abandoned puppy's search for home is an exciting mix of humor, adventure, and suspense. Most of all, it is a story of how love can turn strangers into family.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Photographer Howe's first novel, based on his rescue of an abandoned dog in 1981, is a coming-of-age tale told from the canine perspective, with ample anthropomorphizing. Believing he has been separated from his owner, Waggit crisscrosses Central Park until he is befriended by Tazar, leader of a band of generally affable strays ("We are our own masters; we owe obedience to no one," Tazar sternly tells Waggit). Waggit's new "brothers and sisters" teach him survival skills that may make vegetarians squirm, and he contributes by trapping "scurries" and "hoppers" when winter descends and food becomes scarce. A battle with a rival pack and the ever-present threat of park rangers who take dogs to the Great Unknown provide tension-Waggit gets captured, but ultimately gains a new home and owner. Dog lovers (especially New Yorkers) will enjoy the knee-high view of the park and Howe's take on canine vernacular-it's not Central Park West but "Goldenside," and humans are "Uprights." (A glossary and birds'-eye-view map marking both geography and plot points are provided.) Howe doesn't sugarcoat the lives of homeless dogs, and readers will find themselves drawn into the struggles and triumphs of Waggit's found family. Ages 10-up. (July)

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth Young
A tale of several tails, but as the title suggests, mainly Waggit's tail. Or is that tale? It is both, really, from Waggit's being abandoned in the park to his happy ending with a kind woman. What happens in between shouldn't happen to any dog, but, unfortunately, it is a common occurrence. Though Waggit's "upright" releases him in a park—never to be seen again—he is discovered by Tazar, leader of a dog pack living in the park. Tazar takes Waggit under his protective paw, having observed the new pup as he struggled to find his owner. There is conflict: with another group of territorial dogs, hunger and descriptions of large food gatherings throughout the year, group conflicts within and outside the group, and one incident of "puppy love" resulting in adding to the already stressed pack. Howe's story is okay, not great, and is a very slow read. Yes, the map of the area is fun and helpful (also reminiscent of Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood drawing), as are some of the situations the dogs find themselves in, as well as the diversity of the dogs. The moral of the story is to trust your group of friends only, and be wary of what you don't know. While it may work in the animal kingdom, it is a stretch to translate this to human applications. Perhaps that is the intent. Reviewer: Elizabeth Young
School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

An abandoned puppy meets Tazar, leader of a pack of dogs that ekes out a precarious living in Central Park. The animals accept him and name him Waggit, after his constantly wagging tail, and he gradually learns how to hunt and scavenge for food and negotiate the many hazards of the park. Most important of all, he learns to distrust humans, or "Uprights." Then Waggit is captured by animal-control officers and taken to the pound. When a woman adopts him, he discovers what it's like to be a companion dog and to be treated kindly by a human, even though it means being completely dependent. This is an engaging story, and the various canine characters are depicted in loving detail. Howe does not romanticize the lives of feral dogs; Waggit, Tazar, and the rest of the pack contend with hunger, illness, and serious injuries. However, the tone of this book is less somber than Ann M. Martin's A Dog's Life (Scholastic, 2005), which deals with similar subject matter.-Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ

Kirkus Reviews
Howe makes an auspicious children's-book debut in this satisfying novel about an abandoned puppy who finds a family among a pack of stray dogs in Central Park. The pup, dubbed "Waggit" by his new friends, soon finds himself adapting to their ways and discovers his talents as a hunter and tracker. A fearsome group of enemy dogs, however, shares the same domain and leads an equally precarious life. Readers will get caught up in the dogs' adventures and the sad realities of life as a stray: The pound is an ever-present threat, one that Waggit learns about from first-paw experience. His rescue by a loving woman leads to a touching conclusion. Waggit's relationship with his compatriots develops well and lovingly, with humor. While the dogs speak English for readers' convenience, children will nevertheless get a realistic and sobering idea of the dangers strays face, and they will be heartened by the dogs' intelligence and camaraderie. A pleasant read for middle graders, dog lovers or otherwise. (glossary) (Fiction. 9-12)
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“The story will appeal to young dog lovers and to devotees of New York City and Central Park.”
ALA Booklist
“Howe’s children’s-book debut presents a charming, mostly episodic tale complete with endearing characters.”
Newark Star Ledger
“A richly imagined story of a puppy, abandoned by his owner. Will delight readers 10 and up, and younger children are likely to enjoy it read aloud.”
Litchfield County Times
“A charming, sometimes heartbreaking tale.”
Parade
“Peter Howe’s Waggit’s Tale, about an abandoned puppy surviving in the wilds of a city park while looking for friendship, mises emotion and suspense.”
Quick & Simple
“This children’s book will pull your heartstrings!”
Parade
“Peter Howe’s Waggit’s Tale, about an abandoned puppy surviving in the wilds of a city park while looking for friendship, mises emotion and suspense.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061910937
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 350,378
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Peter Howe was born in London, lived in New York for more than thirty years, and currently resides in Connecticut with his wife and two dogs. He is a former New York Times Magazine and Life magazine picture editor and the author of two books on photography, Shooting Under Fire and Paparazzi. He is also the author of the Waggit’s Tale series, about an abandoned dog and his pack who live in Central Park.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Waggits talehgvggffgffgcffff Waggirs tale

    A very good book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2013

    I really love this book. It is basically the story of a dog, tha

    I really love this book. It is basically the story of a dog, that like many dogs, get dumped by their owner. He finds a group of other stray/feral dogs and becomes a member of their pack. It is a good story for fans of warriors who also like dogs, or those who just like dogs in general. I believe it is a good story for any age to read.(

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    I love it

    This book is great :D ;)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    By Anounamous

    It's dog-tastic

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Great Book (Spoiler Alert)

    This book is good but I got sad when he left the team for the woman. It made me sad. This book will make you cry if you have a heart. Sad.... ps I love lowdown....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2011

    A Delightful read for all ages.

    this book is centered around a little white dog who was abandond in central park. he was throawn a ball and left. he ran around untill a large dog who we later learn is Tazzar. he is brought back to an old tunnel to meet the rest of the strays. he must be taught the dangers,pleaasures and sacrifies needed to survive. This book is impossible to put down. each page leaves you wanting more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2008

    Great

    It was amazing my favroite book and ive read many

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    Waggit

    I love waggit and tazar and lowdown and lady alica and lady magic. By the way im a upright not a scurie. But realy a graet book tell all your friends and family and check out waggit again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    Book

    LOVE IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Very good book #3 book series

    I think he should hve stayed with the team

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Person

    I dont like the ending. waggit should have ran away to his team when the person took his leash off. I wanted him to stay with the team

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    M

    Survivors Fanfiction Blade's Story. It was the time where longpaws adopted dogs at the local Trap House. There had been a new litter of Fierce Dogs(Dobermans) and it seemed like an average litter of Fierce Dogs. They were dogs often used as the guardians of longpaw nests. And this litter seemed like an ordinary litter of the sleek black dogs that had a mean streak and would murder anyone who passed by in protection of their longpaws. But not many wanted these cruel dogs in fear that their limbs would be ripped off by the fearless Fierce Dogs. But this litter was not an ordinary litter for one dog was different from the others in her Pup Pack. She was black and sleek like the others... but something was different. On the side of her neck there was a patch of white fur in the shape of a fang and which her mother who was named Flash wad very surprised about. Longpaws stormed in and shrieked and bellowed as they ran in circles in search for a dog. The pup yipped and tapped her paws on the ground in search for a longpaw. But not many longpaws wanted to adopt a Fierce Dog. A male longpaw stepped forward, a loudstick in a pouch on the side of his flank. The pup tilted her head, lowered her ears, and took a few steps forward. The male longpaw reached down and picked her up. Yelping, the longpaw walked away and stepped into a massive loudcage, putting the pup in the back. The longpaw got in and the loudcage zoomed away swiftly. "Where are you taking me?" The pup asked, her voice soft and silken. But she knew longpaws couldn't understand Dog Language. The loudcage stopped and a longpaw nest appeared. The longpaw muttered something and opened up the side of the loudcage. The pup sprang out and followed her new longpaw into a longpaw den where longpaws keep their stuff. He slipped his pelt off and sat down. The pup raised her head and perked her pricked ears. Her mother explained to her about Fierce Dogs. She knew this longpaw would train her to be a true Fierce Dog. "Your name is now Blade," the longpaw mumbled. That was all Blade understood. Two other Fierce Dogs trotted in and crouched next to the longpaw. "What is your name?" One of them asked in a dark tone. "My name is Blade. Mind telling me yours?" Blade snarled. "My name is Mace. This is Dagger. I see you are truly a Fierce Dog with that fang shape on the side of your neck and all," Mace woofed darkly. The pup thought about what Mace had said. Much time passed and Blade grew to become Alpha of Fierce Dogs Pack. She was cold and cruel with Dagger as her Beta and Mace as one of her closest followers of the Fierce Dogs House. More will come...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Please read this

    At school pter howe brought his dog into school and it was so cool. His dog looked just like waggit. He talked a lot about his work and his dogs. He told us the story on how he got his dog. He was in the park one day and there was a stray dog there and his friend said that they should bring him home for the night and try to find a home for her. Well peter fell in love with th dog a kept her. He said she was the sweetest dog in the world. Cool

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    P Hi people

    Never read it but my friend recomended it so it probaly is good oh well

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    I love all the books

    Its so amazing!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    HOW MUCH!!!!!!!!!!

    HOW MUCH IS THIS BOOK????????????

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Anonymous

    This is a great book if u like stories about dogs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Love!

    My daughter who just turned 9 absolutely loves this series! She reads the books over and over! I recommend this book to any child who loves dogs and excitement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Waggit

    Great!!!!!

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

    Awesome i recomend this book

    I love this book about waggits life as a dogs view of the world it is amazing i almost cried when waggit was abandoned by his owner i think it is a great book for ages 10 and up and it is just awesome the athor wrote it buetifuly

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