Castle in the Mist

Castle in the Mist

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ISBN-13: 9780978692810
Publisher: Barking Planet Productions
Publication date: 07/28/2007
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.23(d)
Age Range: 6 - 12 Years

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Castle in the Mist 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
lisalouhoo on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Castle in the Mist is the second installment of the Planet of the Dogs Series. While it is enjoyable to read it after having read Planet of the Dogs, the first book in the series, it can also stand on its own. In Planet of the Dogs the dogs come to the earth for the first time, in order to save the people of Green Valley from invaders from Stone City. The dogs were successful, and the Stone City Warriors have been living peacefully for over a year, with dogs of their own, when Castle in the Mist begins.The dogs are once more alerted to trouble on earth. Nik and Nikki, the children of the Stone City Warrior leader, Bif, have been kidnapped. Prince Ukko, leader of the Black Hawk Tribe, who has invaded and taken residence in the Castle of the forest people, is unhappy that the Stone City Warriors have turned to peace. He is afraid that the peace will spread, and the lifestyle of himself and his army will be in danger. When Bif refuses his request for one hundred horses and two dogs, he has Bifs children kidnapped and held for ransom.Having so recently brought peace to the earth, the dogs are afraid that it will now be taken away. Bifs anger and desire for revenge is great, and he will stop at nothing to recover his children. Can the dogs resolve the situation before war brakes out? Can Prince Ukko's hard, black heart be softened? Castle in the Mist is full of the same elements I enjoyed in Planet of the Dogs and Snow Valley Heroes: beautiful, detailed, soft, mood setting drawings; the fun and antics of the dogs, and the people who are discovering them for the first time; encroaching danger and suspense; the lovely fantasy of a planet of dogs who are so concerned with the people of earth; and the forgiveness, unconditional love and loyalty that the dogs are able to subtly impart.
theancientreader on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is the second book in the Planet of the Dogs series and I must say I enjoyed it, cover to cover. This work can be read as a sequel to Planet of the Dogs, an ideal situation, but can also be read as a stand-alone with no loss to the flow of the story. This read is suitable for children of approximately eight years and up as a reader, or can well be read to children much younger. Adults will love this one also; I know I did, but then I have my fare share of kid still in me.In the first book, we find that the world has forgotten how to love, how to be loyal, and indeed, how to be happy, several traits which dogs excel in. On the other side of the sun there is a planet inhabited by dogs. These dogs, through dreams, noted our situation and took steps to intervene and give us a sorely needed hand in getting back on track. In this work, after a year of complete peace and where mankind seems to be getting their act together, trouble starts brewing and war is about to break out amongst the Forrest People. Children are kidnapped, there is an attempt to ¿do away with¿ the new animals on earth, i.e. dogs, and things are going from bad to worse. Again, the dogs of Planet of the Dogs decide to take steps and make things right. These are wise and loving animals on the Planet of the Dogs, much like our own dogs here on earth. As before, we have a very well written fantasy written for the young which includes a lot of good practical information and lots of goof food for thought. The time or era in which this takes place on earth is a bit difficult to pinpoint, but I would say it is during medieval times as life is still pretty primitive here on earth. This gives the author much flexibility and he uses it with great skill. A good fantasy needs enough realism to make it real, yet still have enough mimzy and whimsy in it to make it fun. The author excels in this. The art work by Stella Mustanoja McCarty is of the same high quality that we found in the first book in this series (and we find in the sequel to this book also), and is a delight to the eye. These are a series of black and white drawing, probably enhanced by the use of charcoal, which fit the text perfectly. When you bring a skilled artist and writer together that know children and know their dogs, then you know you are in for a treat.This book, like the others, is ideal for group reads. The paragraphs are short and concise and the story moves along quite well. There is plenty of action and as I said, plenty of food for thought buried here and there in the book. The books are soft back (the entire series, so far) and well constructed. I might add that these books will be well received by any lover of animals and will be a welcome addition to any home, school or public library. I might also suggest that these would be ideal books for the home school folks as the author¿s style is a bit different and I am absolutely certain that the success of any reading program for children must include as many different styles as possible.Don BlankenshipThe Ozarks
storiesforchildren More than 1 year ago
Do you think that it is possible for dogs to stop a war? The dogs from The Planet of the Dogs are back! Now that a year of peace has existed between the people of Stone City and the people of Green Valley, a new threat has arisen. Prince Ukko of the Black Hawk tribes does not like the fact that King Bik of Stone City has given up warfare, so he has Bik's children, Nik and Nikki, kidnapped and brought to his Black Hawk Castle in the mist on Lake Ladok. Bik is prepared to turn his men back into soldiers and to lead them in battle against the Black Hawk tribes. Will the dogs who have come to earth to bring happiness and harmony to mankind be able to do anything to rescue the children and avert fighting? I said in my review of McCarty's Planet of the Dogs (Volume I), "Author Robert J. McCarty has created a charming fantasy-allegory that can be read and understood on at least two different levels. Children will enjoy the story about dogs who come from another planet to help people on earth. But under the surface are the important messages of friendship, love, loyalty, and how to overcome evil with good." The same things are true as the story continues in Castle in the Mist. The book is well written and easy to read. It will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next, and, as with Volume I, leads to a satisfying conclusion.
Book_Lover_Lisa More than 1 year ago
Castle in the Mist is the second installment of the Planet of the Dogs Series. While it is enjoyable to read it after having read Planet of the Dogs, the first book in the series, it can also stand on its own. In Planet of the Dogs the dogs come to the earth for the first time, in order to save the people of Green Valley from invaders from Stone City. The dogs were successful, and the Stone City Warriors have been living peacefully for over a year, with dogs of their own, when Castle in the Mist begins. The dogs are once more alerted to trouble on earth. Nik and Nikki, the children of the Stone City Warrior leader, Bif, have been kidnapped. Prince Ukko, leader of the Black Hawk Tribe, who has invaded and taken residence in the Castle of the forest people, is unhappy that the Stone City Warriors have turned to peace. He is afraid that the peace will spread, and the lifestyle of himself and his army will be in danger. When Bif refuses his request for one hundred horses and two dogs, he has Bifs children kidnapped and held for ransom. Having so recently brought peace to the earth, the dogs are afraid that it will now be taken away. Bifs anger and desire for revenge is great, and he will stop at nothing to recover his children. Can the dogs resolve the situation before war brakes out? Can Prince Ukko's hard, black heart be softened? Castle in the Mist is full of the same elements I enjoyed in Planet of the Dogs and Snow Valley Heroes: beautiful, detailed, soft, mood setting drawings; the fun and antics of the dogs, and the people who are discovering them for the first time; encroaching danger and suspense; the lovely fantasy of a planet of dogs who are so concerned with the people of earth; and the forgiveness, unconditional love and loyalty that the dogs are able to subtly impart.
Charyl_Miller_Pingleton More than 1 year ago
While I personally enjoyed the first Planet of the Dogs book just a bit more than this book, I feel Castle in the Mist is also a beautifully-crafted tale. This particular book has a slightly darker tone, but is still completely readable by children. As a matter-of-fact my 10-year-old son, Michael, says the book is "great" and thinks: "it is cool that the dogs come from their own planet." As well, the illustrations really give depth and visual characterization to the manuscript.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again Robert and Stella McCarty, with their beautiful writing and drawings, have given us (and our kids and grandkids) a special book. Their insight into how to grab children's interest while wisely teaching them about many things (loyalty, nature, psychology) is amazing. Can't wait for the next volume, Snow Valley Heroes: A Christmas Tail. Carolyn Paxton
Guest More than 1 year ago
The evocative descriptions and drawings of Castle In The Mist, immediately enraptured me and my grandsons. Vicariously, we rode horseback, sleeping in the snow-covered forest like Nik and Nikki who were captured by the Black Hawk warriors as hostages of the evil Prince Ukko. We joined the wise canines, Billy, Stormy and their countless reenforcements from the planet of the dogs, as they outsmarted the prince and peacefully gained the release of the children. The forces of evil turn tail the dogs and their humans unite in celebration. This is a wonderful read and would surely make a marvelous film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert McCarty, who delighted his young readers and their parents and grandparents in Planet of the Dogs, and Stella McCarty, who delighted us all as well with her finely drawn, captivating illustrations, have done it again. Castle in the Mist returns us to a world blessed by a team of canine saviors. I can¿t wait for Volume 3.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well once again Robert McCarty has NOT disappointed his readers with the sequel to Planet Of The Dogs.Castle In The Mist steps It up a notch as the journey continues with the dogs coming to earth once again to prevent war and rescue the warrior chiefs children from the evil Ukko.Danger,suspense and the unconditional love of dogs is what you'll find from start to finish in this sequel,along with the beautiful drawings done by Mr. McCarty's wife Stella. I am on the edge of my seat waiting for Snow Valley Heroes!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so amazing - I got very involved in it. When two children are kidnapped, the dogs once again come to their rescue and have to show Prince Ukko and the Black Hawk warriors about love, which is what dogs do best! Actually, I was also picturing it as a feature film as I read it. I am sure children of all ages would love the story as well as learn some great values. If you haven't already read Planet of the Dogs, order both of them and share this story with a child when you are done. And then we can all wait patiently for the next installment, coming soon I hope. Robert McCarty is a masterful storyteller, and his wife's illustrations are hauntingly beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Several chapters along and immediately struck by the richness of Mr. McCarty's words, the detail and description should capture many an imagination. Young and older. I like it even more than Planet of the Dog's.The author has really done a great job in His follow up and continuation of the saga. Hard to believe it's not in every library and bookstore in the nation. Soon perhaps. Soon because it deserves increasingly wide recognition. Upon completion of the second saga of Planet of the Dog's again I am left to wonder, 'When will this become an animated feature film'? Imagine that!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would recommend the book Castle in the Mist to parents as well as librarians. My children liked the fantasy side of it and the youngest especially likes dogs and any story related to them. Both are curious about the first book of the series and will be looking forward to reading it. Isabelle Kargon Library assistant M.S.E. Library Baltimore, MD