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A tale in haiku
of one adorable dog.
Let’s find him a home.

Wandering through the neighborhood in the early-morning hours, a stray pooch follows his nose to a back-porch door. After a bath and some table scraps from Mom, the dog meets three lovable kids. It’s all wags and wiggles until Dad has to decide if this stray pup can become the new family pet. Has Mooch finally found a home? Told entirely in haiku by master storyteller Andrew Clements, this delightful book is a clever fusion of poetry and puppy dog.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689858239
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 06/26/2007
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 322,495
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD300L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards, including two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. He lives with his wife in Maine and has four grown children. Visit him at

Tim Bowers began his illustrating career working as an artist for Hallmark Cards. In 1986 he illustrated his first picture book, The Toy Circus by Jan Wahl. Since then, he has illustrated more than twenty books for children. Mr. Bowers lives with his family in Granville, Ohio.

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Dogku 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cute. Concise. Clever. Pictures are a joy to see. Good dog, good haiku.
theCajunLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A story of a stray dog finding a family of his own is sweet enough, but the use of haiku to tell tell it makes this book more entertaining.
Kathdavis54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Clements introduces the haiku to young children in this story of a little dog. A family takes on the challenge of a dog and his first couple of days with them are told in this story. The pictures are bright and will grasp children's attention.
ahernandez91 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a poetry book on haiku poems based on a stray dog trying to find a family. It could be used for early readers when trying to introduce haiku poems. For a lesson I would: introduce haiku poems, read the story, and have students write their own haiku poems.
michelleraphael on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute, fun poems but do not stick to a traditional haiku. But each haiku works in the whole story, just not alone.
Meggle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A cute book written in haiku about a stray dog who is taken in by a caring family. The dog gets bored when the children go to school and gets into a bit of trouble.